Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Tell me about Tennessee State University?

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University (TSU) has grown dramatically from a small college to two campuses: The 450-acre main campus and the downtown Avon Williams campus, located in the heart of Nashville, near the State capitol.

The university has been listed for the past thirteen years in the U.S. News & World Report “Guide to America’s Best Colleges.”

The diverse student population of more than 9,000 represents 46 states and 45 countries. TSU, located in Nashville, is a major, comprehensive urban land-grant institution offering 45 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master’s degrees.

Doctoral degrees are offered in seven areas: biological sciences, psychology, public administration, curriculum and instruction, administration and supervision, and computer information systems engineering and physical therapy.

Tennessee State competes in Division I of the NCAA with the exception of men’s football (I-AA). Programs are available for men in Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, and track and field. Programs are available for women in Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

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Q: What is the deadline for submitting applications?  

The deadline for submitting applications is 2/28/2024.

You can find additional information about applications and the application process HERE.

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Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for a Bryan A. Collins scholarship?

Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply.

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Q: Is there an income limit?

There is no income limit. Winners will come from those who best meet our criteria. If you think that you will be eligible for financial aid from other sources, you can still apply for a Bryan A. Collins Scholarship.

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Q: If I am awarded other scholarships or financial aid, does it affect my eligibility for the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship?

Not it does not.

Again, you are eligible for a Bryan A. Collins Scholarship even if you receive other scholarships or financial aid.

However, if the total amount of financial assistance you receive exceeds your college expenses, you may defer the scholarship to the following year.

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Q: Can I use the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship at any college and for any major?

The scholarship may be used only at Tennessee State University.

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Q: If I am awarded a Bryan A. Collins Scholarship, how do I get my money?

The scholarship is paid directly to Tennessee State University from The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Fund at the TSU Foundation to cover costs of your tuition and fees. No dollars are paid directly to any student.

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Q: When are the winners notified? Are applicants who have not won also notified?

Finalists will be notified after March 31. Because of the large number of anticipated applicants, we are not able to notify those who have not reached the semi-finalist or finalist stage. We will post the names of the final scholarship winners on our website as soon as they are announced in the Fall.