Dec. 1 deadline looms for prospective MTSU students applying for guaranteed scholarships

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The message to prospective students from Middle Tennessee State University administrators and advertising campaigns this fall contains a specific deadline:

Apply by Thursday, Dec. 1, or risk not receiving guaranteed scholarship money for those who meet the qualifications.

For high school seniors planning to begin college at MTSU in August 2017, guaranteed scholarships are available to prospective students who:

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• Meet academic requirements.

• Complete the application.

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• Pay the application fee by Dec. 1.

"I have an assignment for the high school seniors over their Thanksgiving holiday: Apply to MTSU," said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for undergraduate recruitment in the Division of Student Affairs.

"The application deadline for scholarship consideration is Dec. 1," she added. "We need to have sixth-semester transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and an MTSU application by that date. MTSU guarantees scholarships to applicants who have at least a 25 ACT and a 3.5 high school GPA. Don't miss out because you let the deadline slide."

Guaranteed scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000 a year for four years. They include:

• Chancellor -- $5,000 per year. Requires a minimum 30 or higher ACT and minimum 3.5 GPA.

• Presidential -- $4,000 per year. Requires a 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA.

• True Blue -- $3,000 per year. Requires a 26 ACT and 3.5 GPA.

• Provost -- $2,000 per year. Requires a 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA.

For equivalent SAT scores for these scholarships and other information including the online scholarship guide, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-freshmen.php.

Recipients, who must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must meet GPA, enrollment, service (where applicable) and satisfactory academic progress requirements to maintain eligibility.

More information can be found at www.mtsu.edu/scholarships.

Applications received after Dec. 1 risk the possibility that scholarship money will not be available. Applications mailed to MTSU must be postmarked Dec. 1.

To learn more about the University Honors College and Buchanan Fellowship, the highest award given to an entering MTSU freshman, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/.

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