Foundation Scholarship and Criteria

As scholarships are dependent upon availability of funds, not all scholarships can be awarded every year.

A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (opens new window) application is the basis for all types of financial aid awarded at Southwest, even scholarships, so go online to apply even if you do not believe that you are eligible for grant programs.

Presidential Scholarship

One full-time scholarship is available for the academic year. Scholarship is renewable provided a 3.5 GPA is maintained. Part-time students may apply for scholarship; however, the amount is decreased.


  1. Entering freshman
  2. 3.5 GPA
  3. Full- or part-time student
  4. Any degree program
  5. Attained leadership positions in high school, i.e., officer in the student government association or in clubs or organizations; edited the yearbook, newspaper or other comparable publication. Renewable after one year provided the student attained leadership positions at Southwest as verified by the Director of Student Development.
  6. Applicant must have received a high school diploma or a GED to be eligible.


A letter of recommendation from the high school principal or counselor verifying student's achievements.


Submit application (opens new window) to the Southwest Tennessee Community College Financial Aid Office by March 15.

Selection Process

Southwest Tennessee Community College Scholarship Committee