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KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee scholarships, financial aid, applications dates and more will be discussed January 14-30 at a series of informational meetings in Middle and West Tennessee.

Volunteer Nights are sponsored by UT Admissions Office to help prospective students and their parents learn more about UT.

Each session is set to begin about 6:30 p.m. Scheduled
locations and reservations deadlines are:

Hunters Lane High School, Nashville, and UT Agricultural Experiment Station in Jackson, on January 14, respond by January 7.

Centennial High School, Franklin, and Memphis Central Library on January 16, respond by January 7.

Father Ryan High School, Nashville, on January 21, respond by January 14.

Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro, on January 30, respond by January 23.

For reservations or more information on Volunteer Nights in Nashville, call Robert Biggers, (615)762-2688; in West Tennessee, call Charlie Folsom or Elizabeth Hughes, (901)448-8289, or go to the UT admissions website at:

Admissions Director Marshall Rose said UT recently established a November 1 early application date. Freshman applying by this early filing date get priority consideration for competitive scholarships such as the Oldham, Whittle, Manning, Bonham, Holt, Neyland, Roddy, Tennessee, and McClanahan scholarships, Rose said.

However, those who apply by the regular February 1 applications date will be considered for guaranteed scholarships such as the African American Achievers, Bicentennial and Volunteer scholarships and departmental awards, he said.

Bicentennial Scholarships pay current tuition and fees of any first-time Tennessee student who enrolls at UT in Knoxville who scores 31 or above on the entrance exam and has a 3.75 grade point average in the 14 units required for admission.

Rose said UT also has expanded its merit scholars program to create the Volunteer Scholarships. These $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to first-year, in-state students who score 29 or 30 on the ACT entrance test (or SAT equivalent) and have a 3.75 high school grade point average in the 14 units required for admission at UT.

Volunteer scholarships will be awarded in fall 2003 and for three additional years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, Rose said.

To be eligible for the African American Achievers, Volunteer or Bicentennial scholarship programs, students must apply to UT by February 1 and meet the qualifications, Rose said. However, students may submit additional grades, ACT and/or SAT scores until August 1 to improve their academic standing for guaranteed scholarship consideration, he said.