Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi Students will see help with the cost of their education through grants and scholarships.


Federal grants and many scholarships are offered for college students in order for them to be able to attend college without the constant worry of money being an issue. Although many students are uninformed of these opportunities. This is why some financial aid directors want to set up reminders to make students more aware.

Financial Aid Director Jordan Huetell said, “A federal Pell Grant is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it to attend post-high school educational institutions.” Many students at Pellissippi receive this grant because the only requirement is to complete a FAFSA.

Huetell says, “The Pell Grant gives students a higher chance of attending college and earning their degree because it is awarded for 12 full-time semesters or until a bachelor’s degree is achieved.”

Although federal grants are easily awarded, students are not taking the time to fill out scholarship applications to make school more affordable, says Huetell. For example, with the Edscholar Scholarship one can earn up to $2,250 for the academic year. Huetell says, “This scholarship focuses primarily on expanding access to higher education for qualified post-secondary students in Tennessee.”

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Enroll in a degree program at Pellissippi State
  • Be a Tennessee resident
  • Have a 3.25 GPA for seven semesters or ACT composite score of 23
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA
  • Show community service and leadership
  • Meet college standards of admission


Overall, Huetell says that it is extremely important for students to do their research and realize that there are so many scholarships available to make college more affordable. He also stresses that advisors need to go over all of the scholarship opportunities with first-time college students as well.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

“Because You Asked…”

What music related scholarships are offered by PSCC and why?

PSCC offers a variety of music scholarships to allow students who are musically talented the opportunity to attend college.
Larry Vincent, an associate professor of music, said, “Music scholarships are offered to help students with the cost of attending school, and to reward them for their talent and service to the college.”
One scholarship, called the Music Service Scholarship, is different from other scholarships because an audition must be given for the ensembles.
“Other music scholarships are either endowed or awarded from the music scholarship fund, which raises money from faculty, staff, students and members of the community,” said Vincent.
The service scholarship is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Its Website states “The Foundation helps promote excellence for the College by securing financial support for special educational and cultural activities, as well as for ongoing operational expenses.” (
“The generous scholarships provided by PSCC and individuals who value the importance of music as a part of a well-rounded education will ensure that future students will have these invaluable opportunities afforded to them,” said Vincent.
The music program allows the college to be a part of the Knoxville area by performing for cultural events, said Vincent. It even expands to other parts of the world, such as South America, as the program will travel there this coming spring.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dr. Anthony Wise explains the Tennessee Promise

Pellissippi expects an increase in enrollment in the fall of 2015 due to the Tennessee Promise.

What does the Tennessee Promise mean for Pellissippi? It is estimated that 2,200 additional students will attend Pellissippi in the fall semester of 2015. President Anthony Wise said that the college will be prepared for the influx of students. He said that the college will increase faculty members to meet the demands of growth.

Dr. Wise explained that the college has experienced a similar influx in the past. “This is not a new occurrence for us, as we experienced this a few years back when the economy was struggling.”

To receive the Promise students have to abide by a checklist that will ensure the students’ success in seeking a degree. “High school students will have a mentor and will be required to attend two team meetings” said Wise.

Wise also stated that the overall advantage of this plan assures us that students will most likely graduate because of the elimination of tuition cost. “Pellissippi Scholarships that were associated with tuition will now possibly go towards students’ books and nontraditional students.”


Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Scholarship opportunity for accounting students

By Josh Hepperly

Scholarships are available for Pellissippi students who are interested in studying accounting.

“The goal of the scholarships are to encourage students to study accounting and consider a career in accounting,” said Mark Fuentes, associate professor of Accounting at Pellissippi.

Fuentes said qualified students are welcome to pick up an application at his office, McWherter Room 226.

“If you would like PSCC to send your application, please make sure you get the completed application to me by May 5 … along with two letters of reccomendation,” said Fuentes.

Fuentes listed the requirements.

* You must have completed introductory accounting courses (ACC 2000) or must be an accounting major.

* You must be a Tennessee resident.

* Hold US citizenship and attend a Tennessee college or university (if planning on transferring next year).

Fuentes said the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TNCPA) will be administering the scholarships and a number of Pellissippi students have received them in the past.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010