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Scholarship FAQs

Read about UofM Scholarships. It takes time to search for scholarships, but the time spent may be well worth the reward.

A wide variety of scholarship opportunities are available on Tiger Scholarship Manager including:

  • Freshman Academic & Competitive Freshman
  • Departmental / Private Undergraduate and Graduate
  • Transfer
  • Hope

Your application to the University of Memphis is your application for our Academic Scholarships. You must be admitted for scholarship consideration. The best way to increase your eligibility is to submit ACT/SAT scores, High School transcripts, and all other required Admission’s documents as soon as possible. A combination of the cumulative high school GPA and the best ACT composite or SAT (EWR+M) score submitted with the application for admission is used when considering a student for scholarships. Scholarships at a glance >

UofM does not use Super Scores when considering a student for scholarships. The best ACT composite or SAT (ERW+M) score submitted with the application for admission is used when considering a student for scholarships.

To be eligible for need-based scholarships at UOM, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government uses the FAFSA to calculate an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The UofM Financial Aid Office develops a Cost of Attendance (COA) for college-related expenses each aid year, which is a comprehensive estimate consisting of Direct Costs and Indirect Costs related to educational expenses. Direct Costs can include tuition/fees and a housing/meal plan if you are living on campus. Direct Costs are only those expenses billed by the UofM. Indirect Costs include books, travel and miscellaneous expenses. Indirect Costs are those college expenses not billed by the UofM. The financial aid office subtracts your EFC from your COA to determine your financial need. If you are determined to have financial need, you may be eligible for some need-based scholarships. Complete the FAFSA >

  • The UofM Community College Transfer Scholarship
  • The UofM Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
  • The University Transfer Scholarship

To be considered for these transfer scholarships, students should be admitted to the UofM and submit a complete application by April 1 for fall awards and Dec. 1 for spring awards. Visit Tiger Scholarship Manager >

Unfortunately, no. UofM scholarship funds are limited and the awarding process is competitive. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a student will receive a scholarship.

No, you do not have to re-apply for your Academic scholarship every year. Academic scholarships are renewable for three years and disbursed during the fall and spring semesters only.

Scholarship recipients must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of their first year and a 3.0 thereafter. Academic scholarship recipients must also complete required service hours by the June 1 deadline each academic year.

Graduated students can apply for competitive Graduate Scholarship opportunities via the Tiger Scholarship Manager >

March 1st is the Academic Freshman Scholarship Deadline for Deans, Provost, & CCH Presidential awards.

February 1st is the Tiger Scholarship Manager deadline to apply for most highly competitive Freshman, Departmental and Private scholarship opportunities. There will be deadlines that vary, so be sure to read through the detailed information for each scholarship you may be eligible for and keep an eye on Tiger Scholarship Manager for updates.

You must first be accepted to the University of Memphis. Once accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance with several Post Acceptance Steps; one of which is setting up your UofM login credentials. You will use these credentials to sign into the Tiger Scholarship Manager.

Scholarships can be found through churches, high schools, and private organizations. You can find other scholarship opportunities by utilizing free web searches such as Fastweb. You may also want to be in direct contact with large companies in your hometown or in the Memphis area. Your parent's employer and / or other organizations with whom you have a connection are also good sources to tap into.

You can bring your check to the University & Student Business Services office located in 115 Wilder Tower. Or you can mail your check to the University of Memphis, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 313, Memphis, TN 38148-0313

If you have received any outside scholarship funds, you are required to submit the funds to the University & Student Business Services office before the funds can be processed through the Scholarship Office. The Scholarship office will calculate your financial aid eligibility; If the UofM has met 100 percent of your demonstrated need and subsequently you receive an outside scholarship, one or more of your financial aid sources may need to be adjusted as required by law. Loan assistance is adjusted first, whenever possible.

You should never have to pay for scholarships. According to finaid.org, every year, several hundred thousand students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. To learn more about common scholarship scams, the warning signs, and how to protect yourself from scholarship scams go to: finaid.org/scholarships/scams/

You can submit an online question, email scholarships@memphis.edu, or a scholarship representatives can be reached by phone at: 901.678.3213.

HOPE Scholarship

TN HOPE Scholarship

  • 21 ACT/1060 SAT or 3.0 unweighted final high school GPA
  • Graduated from TN high school or other eligible institution
  • Home school students must have a 21 on the ACT, have attended home school for at least 1 one prior to graduation, and be registered within a local TN school district
  • Must start college within 16 months of high school graduation.

TN ASPIRE Award

  • Meet all HOPE Scholarship qualifications
  • Parent’s or Independent student’s adjusted gross income must not exceed $36,000
  • If a student is selected for Financial Aid Verification, verification must be completed before ASPIRE eligibility is determined

TN Merit Award

  • Meet all HOPE Scholarship qualifications
  • Must have 29 ACT/1280 SAT and a 3.75 final high school GPA (unweighted)
  • Home school students must also meet one of the following:
    • Have enrolled in at least 12 hours of college course work with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 while in home school
    • Participate in a Governor’s School Program and achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Take 2 AP exams and make a score of 3
    • Take one CLEP test with a score or at least 55

The FAFSA is the application for the HOPE Scholarship. The FAFSA becomes available to file October 1st of each year and can be filled out at studentaid.gov.

Number of Semester Hours HOPE Fr/So HOPE Jr/Sr ASPIRE MERIT
Less than 6 hours Ineligible Ineligible Ineligible Ineligible
6-8 credit hours $875 $1125 $375 $250
9-11credit hours $1313 $1688 $563 $375
12 or more credit hours $1750 $2250 $750 $500

The HOPE Scholarship GPA is checked every 24 attempted credit hours:

  • 24 and 48 hours – 2.75 cumulative GPA required
  • 72, 96, 120 hours – 3.0 cumulative GPA required
    • OR 2.75-2.99 cumulative GPA with a semester GPA of a 3.0.
    • This makes a student Provisional. If a student is Provisional, they must take 12 hours a semester and their GPA will be checked every semester. Their GPA must be a 3.0 each semester.

The HOPE GPA, also known as the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) GPA, can differ from the U of M GPA. The TELS GPA does not count AP or Dual Enrollment courses taken during high school. The TELS GPA does not replace the grade when a class is repeated. A student can replace one grade for TELS GPA purposes. To do this the student must file the HOPE Course Repeat form.

  • Log in to myMemphis with your username and password
  • Click on the Student Pages tab, then select My Resources
  • Find the Banner Self-Service channel and click on the Banner Self-Service folder
  • Click on Student
  • Click on Student Records
  • Scroll through the list to find ‘View TELS Eligibility’
  • Select the last semester you attended, and you will see your TELS GPA at each 24 hour benchmark.

Students must stay continuously enrolled to remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. This means if you start the semester as a full-time student you cannot drop below 12 hours, and if you start the semester as a part-time student, you cannot drop below 6 hours.

Students must attend each Fall and Spring semester. If you need to sit out a semester due to an extenuating circumstance, you can file a Leave of Absence before the semester starts. If approved, this will allow you to sit out a semester without losing the HOPE scholarship.

If you lose the HOPE Scholarship due to GPA, you cannot file an appeal. Once you reach the next GPA benchmark, your TELS GPA will be checked. If you have the required TELS GPA, you can regain the HOPE Scholarship as long all other requirements have been met.

• If you lose the HOPE Scholarship due to dropping a class or sitting out a semester, you may be eligible to file a HOPE Scholarship Appeal, if it was due to an extenuating circumstance beyond your control. You can contact the Scholarship Office for additional information.

You can receive the HOPE Scholarship until you reach the first of the following:

  • attainment of a baccalaureate degree or
  • 5 years have passed from initial enrollment or
  • student has attempted 120 semester hours and has received the HOPE Scholarship for eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters at any postsecondary institution; whichever occurs later.

If you graduated May 2020, you can take the ACT during the Fall semester and still be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship.

We are monitoring the current situation closely and will let you know if any changes are made to HOPE Scholarship eligibility.

You can submit an online question, email scholarships@memphis.edu, or a scholarship representatives can be reached by phone at: 901.678.3213.