Middle Tennessee State University kicked off its annual multi-city True Blue Tour for undergraduate admissions Wednesday, Sept. 13, by announcing a first-of-its-kind program to give high school and community college counselors scholarship dollars that they can dispense to their students.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee announced the new High School and Community College Counselor Scholarships program during an appreciation luncheon for Rutherford County counselors held at the tour’s stop in Murfreesboro.
The 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,” McPhee said. “We are confident they will make great choices and help those who want to be True Blue.”
McPhee said MTSU is proud of its leadership role in the state’s higher education system for helping first-generation students and underserved populations reach their educational goals. MTSU is known for its work with first-generation and Pell Grant eligible students.
“MTSU is truly Tennessee’s university,” McPhee said. “Our enrollment reflects the diversity of our state and is overwhelmingly comprised of Tennesseans seeking a quality and affordable education from a major comprehensive university committed to their success.”
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. You can view the scholarship options at MTSU.edu/apply.
Laurie Witherow, interim vice provost for enrollment services, said she hopes “every Tennessee high school and community college will send someone to our luncheons and take home these additional scholarships.”
Witherow said the True Blue Tour’s Tennessee stops after Murfreesboro 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.
The president also pointed out 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,” McPhee said. “We are the top choice for Tennesseans seeking to change the trajectory of their lives.“
If you meet our criteria, you are admitted and guaranteed a seat on our Murfreesboro campus — not placed on a waiting list or sent somewhere else.”
— Andrew Oppmann (Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu)