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Scholarship Opportunity – Spring and Summer 2021

The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

This scholarship is available for rising 3rd-12th grade students applying to STEM courses through PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, or Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion during the spring and summer of 2021.

What is the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium?

The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) is comprised of fifteen colleges and universities around the state of Tennessee, as well as two not-for-profit organizations. TSGC is part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, supported by NASA and all member and affiliate institutions. TSGC’s mission from the beginning, twenty-seven years ago, has been to promote space and science education on all levels throughout Tennessee.

Who is eligible for the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship?

Tennessee residents who show documented financial need and are interested in enrolling in STEM courses through PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, or Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion are eligible to apply for the scholarship funded by the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium.

How do I apply for the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship?

Programs for Talented Youth oversees the processing of all program and scholarship applications. Students/families must complete all if the following steps to be considered for this scholarship:

1. Complete the Scholarship Application

  • Make sure that you include a thoughtful response to the short essay question.
  • We are excited that The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium has been able to offer this scholarship to selected PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, and Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion students. PTY appreciates the support and efforts The Tennessee Space Consortium has made to provide scholarships. The consortium may wish to announce those selected as scholarship recipients through their various communication platforms (website, newsletter, social media, etc). As part of the scholarship application, we ask that you consider agreeing to this release. Your guardian/parent will need to also agree to allow The Tennessee Space Consortium to publish information about you, including your name and hometown.

2. Complete the PTY online application for one or more sessions

  • Make sure to complete a Financial Aid application as part of your program application in SchoolDoc, as documented need is a scholarship requirement.
  • Make sure that you rank STEM courses (see the What STEM Courses are Eligible? section below).
  • Be prepared to pay the non-refundable application fee either when you apply or after you have learned if you receive the scholarship. The scholarship does not cover the application fee. You may apply to multiple sessions of PTY Online Academy or Mentor Immersion with one application fee.

Recipients are selected for this competitive scholarship based on the application, documented financial need, and submission of additional required documents as indicated in the scholarship and online application. Successful scholarship applicants must also meet PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, or Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion eligibility requirements, and rank/enroll in a STEM course for one of these programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early, although applications are accepted until all spaces are filled and all scholarships have been awarded. Those receiving the scholarship will be notified at the same time they receive their admissions notification.

Is financial aid available for students who do not receive the scholarship?

Yes. PTY is committed to making programs available to academically gifted students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, partial, need-based financial aid is available, based on family income. The PTY application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status. Students may apply for financial aid at any point in the application process. If you do not qualify for this scholarship, you still can apply for financial aid.

How many sessions can my student attend if they receive a full tuition scholarship?

Scholarships may cover up to the full cost of a PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, or Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion course. A student might receive a scholarship for one session and financial assistance for another session. Please note, receiving a full scholarship for one session does not negatively impact the likelihood of receiving financial assistance in the future nor does it guarantee receipt of the scholarship for an additional session. If you apply to attend more than one session or program, you only need to submit the scholarship form one time. Scholarships for multiple sessions may be awarded for PTY Online Academy, 

What STEM courses are eligible for scholarship use?

PTY Online Academy – Spring 2021

Session 5: March 22 - April 18

3rd and 4th grades – Games Galore!
5th and 6th grades – N/A
7th and 8th grades – Genetic Epidemiology
9th to 11th grades – Science of Disease

PTY Online Academy – Summer 2021

Information coming in March!

Mentor Immersion: Summer Experience (Rising 11th-12th)

Session 1: May 17 - August 15

Biomedical Engineering Approaches to Cancer
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Work
Nanotechnology in Cancer

Session 2: June 14 - September 19

Genetic Epidemiology
The Genomics Revolution: Understanding and Utilizing Modern Genome Sequencing Technology

Rising Experts: Mini Mentor Immersion (Rising 9th-10th)

June 1 - June 30

 Astrophysics: Using Science and Math to Understand Galaxies

Where can I find the scholarship application?

A link to The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship application is located below. Please contact our office if you would prefer a PDF version of this application.