The Trustee Honors Scholarship is the highest academic award offered to incoming students at Tusculum.

This scholarship recognizes the exemplary academic record and achievements of its recipient. As a full tuition scholarship award, it will be awarded to no more than two students** in each incoming class.



To be considered for this prestigious scholarship you will need to do the following:

  • Maintain a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Attain a composite score of at least 25 on the ACT or 1150 on the SAT
  • Rank in the top 10% of high school graduating class
  • Complete the general Tusculum application for admission and submit supporting documentation for that application
  • Complete the Trustee Honors Scholar application, including submission of a resume that reflects your achievements, activities and civic involvement
  • Submit an essay responding to the following topic:
    • What does Civic Arts mean to you and how do you plan to exemplify Civic Arts in your daily life?
  • Provide two letters of recommendation – one each from a teacher and a community leader
  • Submit all of the above by the Trustee Honors Scholarship submission deadline: March 1st
  • If chosen as a finalist, you will be chosen to visit campus to participate in a personal interview

To learn more about this opportunity, Tusculum’s engaging Honors Program, and more, we encourage you to email us at admission@tusculum.edu or call us at 423-636-7312.

** If two candidates are not considered suitable, only one will be awarded. Both undergraduate students living on campus, as well as those living off campus or transferring to Tusculum, are eligible to apply for consideration.


Conditions for Maintaining Award:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5. At the end of any semester that the GPA should fall below this limit, the student will be given one semester to raise the GPA to the appropriate level. If the GPA is not raised, the Trustee Honors Scholarship will be lost and the award will be reduced to the level that would have been otherwise awarded at admission. A grade of B- or higher is required in any Honors component. Once the award is lost, it may not be regained.
  • Actively participate in the Tusculum Honors Program, at the highest level.
  • Perform campus community service by assisting Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, and/or Office of the President at events or functions. These commitments will never exceed five hours per week.