|NASHVILLE – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization connecting generosity with need in 40 Middle Tennessee counties, announces its annual scholarship application process and invites students to apply by March 15, at www.cfmt.org. This year, The Foundation is launching a new, convenient online application for scholarship candidates.
Whether a student is studying law or horticulture; planning a career in criminal justice or dentistry; or studying at a technical school or four-year university, The Community Foundation’s scholarship program supports individuals from various backgrounds and communities seeking funding for educational opportunities.
The Foundation administers more than 70 scholarships, and students may be eligible for multiple scholarships, including these with eligibility criteria specific to prospective and current MTSU students:
The Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund benefits Middle Tennessee State University sophomores or above, including graduate students, who are working a minimum of 20 hours a week and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or above. Archie Nash always knew he would rise above the poverty in which he was raised, no matter what it took. By sheer determination and tenacity, Archie worked his way through college and later became the owner of Overton Produce Co. and several related companies. His wife, Carolyn, established this scholarship in Archie's memory to benefit students who embody his work ethic and commitment to education.
The Ken Shipp Scholarship Fund benefits graduating seniors from Rutherford County public high schools who plan to attend Middle Tennessee State University and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and/or meet the eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Lottery if applicable, be of good moral character and have financial need. Coach Ken Shipp was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He had a distinguished coaching career including stints at several colleges, both as a head coach and as an offensive coordinator, before he moved to the National Football League. During his time in the NFL, Coach Shipp was offensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, and the New York Jets, where he coached during the storied Joe Namath years. Coach Shipp credits his success to his Rutherford County roots and the fine education he received at MTSU.
The Katie Rose Martin Scholarship Fund was established to honor the giving nature and loving heart of Katie Rose, a lifelong resident of Rutherford County, who attended Middle Tennessee Christian School, Riverdale High School and Middle Tennessee State University. A competitive cheerleader, loving daughter, adorable little sister, and friend to everyone, Katie had an insatiable work ethic and determination that made all things seem possible. Her dream to become a professional hair stylist and eventually own her own salons was cut short after a tragic automobile accident two weeks into her cosmetology training. This scholarship will support young women seeking to start a career by attending a professional, accredited cosmetology school.
“Getting an education is one of the most important milestones in life, but for many, it comes with a great burden,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We feel honored to help students receive a quality education, made possible by donors who wish to make a difference. It is a privilege to connect generosity with need in this way.”
For a complete list of scholarships and the online application, visit The Community Foundation’s website at www.cfmt.org, or call at The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939. Applications must be submitted by March 15. Applicants will be notified of results in mid-May.