Middle Tennessee State University will provide funds to high school and community college guidance counselors to distribute to their students as scholarships, according to a university news release.
The High School and Community College Counselor Scholarships program will award $2,500 to each high school or community college sending at least one counselor to the university’s counselor appreciation events held before the True Blue Tour stops in Tennessee. The school or college can then decide whether to distribute the sum to one or more students to attend MTSU.
“This unique program empowers counselors, who have a greater understanding of the needs and goals of students they serve, to best deliver scholarship dollars to those wanting to attend our university,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “We are confident they will make great choices and help those who want to be True Blue.”
The High School and Community College Counselor Scholarships can be stacked with MTSU’s guaranteed academic scholarships, which are awarded to students who apply by Dec. 1 with a 3.5 GPA and a 22 or higher ACT score, as well as Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarships.
The True Blue Tour’s Tennessee stops include Williamson County on Sept. 25; Clarksville on Sept. 28; Nashville on Oct. 3; Johnson City on Oct. 24; Knoxville on Oct. 25; Chattanooga on Nov. 2; Memphis on Nov. 8; and Jackson on Nov. 9. Counselors and prospective students can register for the stops by going to MTSU.edu/RSVP.
McPhee also said that more than 70% of MTSU’s alumni remain in Tennessee, helping fuel the state’s economy. MTSU guarantees admission to students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum ACT score of 22.
“For three decades, MTSU has offered a broad and accessible pathway to guaranteed admissions, as well as a broad array of guaranteed academic scholarships,” he said. “We are the top choice for Tennesseans seeking to change the trajectory of their lives.”
Middle Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees approved on Sept. 12, the merger of two academic departments in the College of Liberal Arts into a single entity.
The new department, which will be known as the Department of Political and Global Affairs, combines the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography with the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
The move will streamline the reporting structure within the college and create efficiencies, said Provost Mark Byrnes, the university’s chief academic officer.