Each year, MOST accepts applications for High School Scholarships from eighth-grade students who are currently receiving a MOST scholarship and will be entering ninth grade in the fall. Because MOST believes that high school students should begin taking more personal responsibility for their education, the students must complete the scholarship application on their own. Awards are based not only on a family's financial need but also on student merit. High school scholarships are selective; not all grade 8 applicants will receive one.
In early February, grade 8 MOST scholars will receive an application packet at their schools. Please make sure your child receives it, follows all instructions, meets all deadlines, and takes completion of the application seriously. You and your child are asked to sign the completed application form, stating that the information is true to the best of your knowledge and that your child has completed it independently.
The application deadline for students who are eighth-graders in the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, February 21, 2020, which is earlier than the deadline for returning the Re-Qualification Form. Applications postmarked after February 21 or hand-delivered to the MOST office after 4:00 p.m. on February 21 will not be accepted. Because of this strict deadline, please contact us as soon after your child has received the high school application if you have any questions about how to complete it.
Award decisions are based mainly on a student’s grades. In most cases, the student must have a minimum of a C average. We also take into consideration the student’s written essay; a recommendation from a principal, teacher, or guidance counselor; extracurricular activities; attendance, general conduct and behavior. Last, the student's family must still qualify financially; eligibility will be based on information contained in the re-qualification paperwork submitted in March. High school scholarship amounts are based on the same income eligibility scale as for younger students, but the annual maximum increases from $2,100 to $2,300 (for the 2019–20 school year).
To apply for our High School Scholars Program, eighth-graders must have at least a C average, though we can make exceptions for special-needs students. There is a grade point average (GPA) requirement for continued participation after ninth grade, and it is assessed at the end of each school year:
- Grade 9 — 2.5 GPA (and no failing final grades in any subject)
- Grade 10 — 2.75 GPA (and no failing final grades in any subject)
- Grade 11 — 3.0 GPA (and no failing final grades in any subject)
Once a student reaches grade 12 with the required 3.0 GPA, MOST will continue the scholarship for that year. If a senior is holds at least a 3.0 GPA, he or she is eligible for the HOPE Scholarship for colleges in Tennessee. Our hope is that your child does well enough in high school to receive this scholarship or others and goes on to a successful college career. Students failing to meet these minimum GPA requirements will lose their MOST scholarship permanently.