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Summer 2020 Full-Tuition Scholarships

The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

This scholarship is available for rising 5th-8th grade students applying to STEM courses at SAVY, Career Connections at SAVY, or VSA Session 1.

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.

What is the The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship?

Tennessee students who are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM (female, rural, first generation future college students, and/or minority) in addition to being low-income may be eligible to apply for a competitive full tuition session scholarship (SAVY: $550 value, VSA Session 1: $1395 value) funded directly through The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium. Please note: Applying for this scholarship does not decrease your chances of admission into SAVY or VSA. Ranking additional courses in your program application other than those eligible for the scholarship does not decrease your chances of receiving the scholarship. Up to six scholarships are available for SAVY/Career Connections and up to six scholarships are available for VSA Session 1.

How do I apply for the 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:

  • Submit an application for the SAVY, Career Connections, or VSA program.
  • Complete the PTY financial aid application as part of an online program application or as a PDF.
  • Complete the specific scholarship application.

Recipients are selected for this competitive scholarship based on the application for the scholarship and additional required criteria. Successful scholarship applicants must also meet SAVY eligibility requirements, and rank/enroll in a STEM course. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply during the Application Priority Window for SAVY/Career Connections or VSA, 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.

What STEM courses are eligible for scholarship use?

SAVY - Rising 5th/6th Grade

Session 1: June 8-12
Biochemistry
Robotic Programming

Session 2: June 15-19
Neuroscience 101
Planetary Astronomy

Session 3: June 22-26
Research and Statistics

Session 4: July 6-10
From Tiny to Giant: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems
Wildlife Ecology: Oh Deer!

Session 5: July 13-17
Chemical Engineering: Understanding the Flow and Interconversion of Energy
Common and Practical Chemistry

Session 6: July 20-24
Biology of the Body
The Science of the Earth: Geology and Environmental Science

Career Connections at SAVY - Rising 7th Grade

Session 1: July 6-10
Biochemistry: The Language of Life
Molecular Gastronomy: The Chemistry of Food Science

Session 2: July 13-17
From Tiny to Giant: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems

Session 3: July 20-24
Immunology 101: The Microbiome in Health and Disease
Research and Statistics

VSA Session 1 - Rising 7th/8th Grade

Astrobiology: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Bioarchaeology: Methods and Applications
Energy5: Electrochemical Devices for energy Applications
Graph Theory
Hazardous Chemicals: The Law and Science
Molecular Gastronomy: Food, Chemistry, and Art Combined
Of Microbes and Men: Fundamentals in Host-Pathogen Interactions
The Microbiome in Health and Disease

Where can I find the scholarship application?

A link to The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Scholarship application is located on the summer 2020 course pages for SAVY/Career Connections and VSA Session 1. They can also be accessed directly using the buttons below. Please contact our office if you would prefer a PDF version of this application.

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) Scholarship

This scholarship is available for rising 9th and 10th grade students applying to the Nanoscience and Engineering course during VSA Session 2.

What is VINSE?

The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) is a multi-disciplinary institute that supports research, education, and K-12 outreach across science, engineering, and medicine. Housed in the Engineering and Science Building, VINSE facilities comprise a state-of-the-art cleanroom with hard and soft lithography, an imaging suite including a focused ion beam instrument, and a characterization laboratory. VINSE researchers are using nanoscience and nanotechnology to enable new discoveries across a broad range of areas spanning drug delivery, cellular communication, metamaterials, sensors, batteries, and photodetectors.

What is the VINSE Scholarship?

Tennessee students who are low-income, indicating as their first choice class the the Session II Course, Nanoscience and Engineering, and who are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science (rural, female, first generation future college students, and/or minority) in addition to low-income may be eligible to apply for a competitive full tuition scholarship funded directly through Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). Up to four VINSE scholarships are provided each year. Please note: Applying for this scholarship does not decrease your chances of admission into the Nanoscience and Engineering course or other VSA classes. Ranking additional courses besides Nanoscience and Engineering does not decrease your chances of receiving the scholarship for this course.

How do we apply for the VINSE Scholarship?

Programs for Talented Youth oversees the processing of all program and scholarship applications. Although PTY oversees application submissions, VINSE representatives select scholarship recipients. Recipients are selected for this competitive scholarship based on the application for the scholarship, the applicant’s VSA application statement, and the VINSE scholarship essay. Successful scholarship applicants should have an interest in science and must complete all of the following steps to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Submit an application for VSA Session 2, ranking Nanoscience and Engineering as their #1 course and meeting VSA eligibility requirements.
  • Complete the PTY financial aid application as part of the online VSA application or as a PDF.
  • Complete the specific scholarship application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their VSA application during the VSA Application Priority Window, although applications are accepted until all spaces are filled and the scholarships have been awarded. Those receiving the scholarship will be notified at the same time they receive their admissions notification.

Where can I find the scholarship application?

A link to the VINSE scholarship application is located on the VSA Session 2 course page. It can also be accessed directly using the button below. Please contact our office if you would prefer a PDF version of this application.

Other Financial Assistance

If you do not qualify for or are not awarded one of the scholarships above, you still can apply for financial assistance through Programs for Talented Youth. PTY is committed to making programs available to academically gifted students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Assistance for SAVY and Career Connections

 Learn more about Tuition and Financial Assistance for VSA