Scholarships

Hiwassee College recognizes the efforts of individuals through the awarding of scholarships to eligible students who excel academically as well as those who excel in the performing arts and athletics.

  • Academic scholarships are based on a student's high school GPA and ACT/SAT test score.
    • A student may accept only one Hiwassee College academic scholarship.
  • Athletic scholarships are awarded based on academic ability and are coordinated by the coach of that sport.
    • A student may accept only one Hiwassee College athletic scholarship, which may be awarded in addition to an academic award. 
  • Academic and athletic scholarship award amounts are "up to," or "last dollar" amounts, as 1) Federal grants and 2) state grant funds will be applied to the student’s tuition charges first and in that order.
  •  Academic and athletic scholarships are not disbursed until after the MIDTERM of the semester.

Hiwassee College Scholarship Matrix 2018 – 2019*

 

Freshman Academic Scholarship Index

The Freshman Index (FI) is a number is based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores and the weighted high school grade point average (HSGPA)

Beginning Fall 20188, Hiwassee College uses the FI to calculate academic scholarships for new freshman students.

The FI formula using SAT scores is 

FI = (500 x High School GPA) + SAT Verbal + SAT Math.

The FI formula using ACT scores is 

FI = (500 x High School GPA) + (ACT composite x 42) + 88.


Freshman Scholarship rewards are packaged based upon the most recent GPA and the highest test score we have received. Hiwassee will recalculate the FI anytime we receive a new GPA or ACT/SAT score. This means that the final award may go up or down based upon the final GPA, However, new test scores will improve the FI only if the new scores are higher than prior scores.

Freshman Scholarships for 18/19 will be based on the new matrix.

 Award Level

Freshman Index

Amount

Tiger

2300 – 2499

$2,000.00

Maroon

2500 – 2729

$3,000.00

Gold

2730 – 2899

$4,000.00

Trustee

2900-3149

$5,000.00

Presidential

>=3150

FTE


Incoming Transfer Academic Scholarship          

Award Level

Transfer GPA

(12+ hours min)

Amount

Tiger

3.00 – 3.24

$2,000.00

Maroon

3.25 – 3.49

$2,500.00

Gold

3.50 – 3.3.79

$3,500.00

Trustee

3.80 – 4.00+  

$5,000.00

 

Continuing Student Academic Scholarship

Award Level

Cumulative HC GPA

Amount

Tiger

3.00 – 3.24

$2,000.00

Maroon

3.25 – 3.49

$3,000.00

Gold

3.50 – 3.74

$4,000.00

Trustee

3.75 – 3.89   

$5,000.00

Presidential

3.90 – 4.00+

FTE

Continuing student awards commence after having earned 24 semester credit hours at Hiwassee College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic & Service Based Scholarships

  • These scholarships may only be awarded when the student matches academic requirements for Tiger level or higher for the student’s current status.  
  • In order for an athlete to continue to receive athletic scholarships, he/she must maintain a 2.00 cumulative HC GPA.   
  • To receive an athletic scholarship, a student also must be considered eligible in accordance to NCCAA standards.

* All academic and athletic award amounts shown on this page and awarded by the coaches should be considered as “up to,” or “last dollar” amounts, as 1) Federal grants, and 2) state grant funds will be applied to the student’s tuition charges first and in that order. Only those institutional grant and scholarship funds will be added up to the total amount needed to meet tuition costs. Auxiliary scholarships for service or special recognition, when approved by Financial Aid and the VP for Enrollment Management, may be applied for charges beyond tuition and fees. Under no circumstances may institutional grant or scholarship funds be refunded to the student or applied to books/learning materials, disciplinary fines, or additional fees. Otherwise, any grant or scholarship amounts exceeding tuition costs will automatically revert back to the College.

All awards will be re-evaluated at the end of the academic year. Subsequent awards may be adjusted upward or downward, depending upon the student’s academic performance for that year, as well as the published scholarship matrix for that year.

If the total amount of scholarships awarded to a student exceed $7,500.00 per year, approvals of the VP of Finance and VP for Enrollment are required.

Outside Scholarships

Find and apply for as many scholarships as you can.

It’s free money for college!

Start researching early, and meet deadlines, and you may be on your way to scholarship success.

 

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education. 

With so much information available online, students need help identifying legitimate scholarship opportunities from scholarship scams. Safety.com has put together a guide to help students avoid these scams.  


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