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In Knoxville's West High School, Chancellor Donde Plowman welcomes students accepted to UT (photo from 2019).

As the state’s flagship land-grant institution, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to providing access to an affordable and valuable education through numerous scholarship opportunities, including several new scholarships announced today specifically created for in-state students—the Distinguished Tennessean Scholarship, the Orange and White Scholarship, and the Tennessee Connect Scholarship. The new scholarships are designed to enable more students across the state to have access to a UT education.

“We have a connection to our state and to all Tennesseans,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “We do not want finances to stand in the way of Tennessee students getting a world-class education and experiencing what it means to be a Volunteer on UT’s campus. We appreciate the support of our state and have a commitment to support the citizens of our state. This is one way we can do that.”

New in-state scholarships include:

In addition, award amounts have also been increased for previously announced in-state scholarships like the Volunteer and Beacon scholarships.

Two of the main challenges facing higher education include access and affordability, but UT plays an important role in providing Tennesseans access to an affordable and valuable education by creating scholarship opportunities like the ones announced today.

“By increasing UT’s financial investment in Tennesseans, we proactively serve the next generation of Volunteers in new and important ways that recognize and reward what it truly means to be a Vol,” said Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Kari Alldredge. “UT consistently produces graduates who are active in their communities—many of whom stay right here in Tennessee—making a difference as teachers, nurses, engineers, business owners, agricultural leaders, and more.”

Increased enrollment and access not only benefit UT but also make the state of Tennessee stronger by fueling economic growth and supporting statewide initiatives including Drive to 55.

“An educated workforce is an important part of supporting our state’s economic goals,” said Alldredge.

As an added benefit, UT Knoxville will also waive the application fee for in-state students who apply between now and September 17.

With more than 360 majors and programs of study, students can study what they love on a campus filled with energy, tradition, and a whole lot of orange.


Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,