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Scholarship Opportunity – Summer 2021

PTY is no longer accepting new Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship applications for Summer 2021. We continue to accept financial aid applications.

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. Please visit the specific page for the program you are interest in to learn about our eligibility requirements for the program.

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

PTY is no longer accepting new Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship applications for Summer 2021. We continue to accept financial aid applications. 

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

  • Click here for the Mentor Immersion/Rising Expert Summer 2021 Scholarship Application.
  • Click here for the PTY Online Academy Summer 2021 Scholarship Application. 
  • 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 application for one or more of our programs

  • 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,Mentor Immersion/Ris 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 – Summer 2021 (Rising 3rd-12th)

Summer 2021

Rising 3rd and 4th grades options:

  • Creative Contraptions (June 7 – 11)
  • Aquatic Ecology (June 21 – 25)

Rising 5th and 6th grade option:

  • Neuroscience (June 7 – 18)

Rising 7th and 8th grades option:

  • Understanding Human Behavior (June 21 – July 2)

Rising 9th and 10th grades option:

  • Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (June 21 – July 2)
  • Intro to Public Policy (June 7 – 18)

Rising 11th and 12th grade option:

  • Mathematical Physics (June 7 – June 18)
  • Intro to Medicine (June 21 – July 2)
  • Treating the Whole Person (June 21 – July 2)

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

Session 1: May 17 - August 15

Anthropology in Action: How Research is Applied to Advocacy and Activism
Biomedical Engineering Approaches to Cancer
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Work
Nanotechnology in Cancer

Session 2: June 14 - September 19

Genetic Epidemiology
From Lab to Life
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
Psychological Science Research
Law and Economics

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.