Application for Financial Aid
All federal financial aid programs at DSCC require assessment of the student’s financial need. This need is based on the parental and student’s/spouse’s ability to contribute toward educational expenses.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the required financial need analysis. Any student who applies for financial aid must complete a FAFSA each academic year. (Special and/or non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.) The priority date for FAFSA completion for scholarships is March 1 for the following academic year.
Federal financial aid can be disbursed only after the following requirements are met:
- Official acceptance for admission to DSCC as a regular, degree-seeking or eligible certificate student
- Receipt of the results of a federally-approved need analysis (FAFSA)
- Receipt of requested documents required for determining eligibility for financial aid.
Method of Selection and Awarding
FAFSA applications received by March 1 will be given first priority for institutional scholarships, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG) Grant, and Federal Work Study funds. If there are remaining campus-based funds after this date, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by the date the FAFSA is completed until funds are exhausted.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funds are awarded to students with the greatest need, specifically Pell-eligible students with a $0-family contribution are given the first priority. FSEOG and Federal Work-Study funds remaining at the end of spring semester will be used to assist eligible students with summer term costs. Returning Federal Work-Study students will be given first priority for Federal Work-Study funds.
Federal Pell Grant funds are awarded as students are determined to be eligible.
The awarding of loans under the Federal Direct Loan Program is made upon student request by completion of the Loan Request Form.
The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation awards all state programs.
All program funding is contingent upon receipt of funds by the Institution.
Grants, Scholarships, Employment and Loans
The student financial aid program of DSCC is designed to aid students who would find it impossible to attend college without assistance. DSCC offers a comprehensive program of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, part-time employment, and loans.
The Federal Pell Grant is a non-repayable grant to help students pay for their postsecondary education. Eligibility depends upon financial need as determined by the FAFSA that is completed each academic year.
The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a non-repayable grant to assist undergraduate students in financing their postsecondary education. Any Tennessee resident who is enrolled or will be enrolled as an undergraduate student is eligible. Students with financial need that are Pell Grant eligible are given first priority.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a non-repayable grant to help undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.
The Federal Work-Study Program offers campus jobs to students who have financial need. These students are given the opportunity to earn funds to help with their educational expenses.
The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS), including the HOPE, GAMS, and Aspire scholarships, is available to Tennessee residents who enroll in a Tennessee public college or university that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as meet other eligibility requirements by the deadline date. For eligibility and application details, please check the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) website at www.collegepaystn.com.
The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students right out of high school who attend college in Tennessee. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the Hope Scholarship, or state student assistance funds. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of the Tennessee Promise scholarship is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the College admission process. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled and attend a mandatory meeting before entering their first semester, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution. More information can be found on the DSCC website at https://www.dscc.edu/promise.
The Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship is intended to provide adult and independent students, according to the FAFSA, a last dollar scholarship for their postsecondary education at an eligible Tennessee community college or center for technology. The Tennessee Reconnect will pay for tuition and fees that are not covered by the Pell Grant, Hope scholarship, or state student assistance funds. More information can be found on the DSCC website at https://www.dscc.edu/reconnect.
Return of Title IV Funds
Students who withdraw, either officially or unofficially, from school, as well as students who drop a class after the second business day of the term, may be required to repay a portion of their financial aid funds. The Financial Aid Return to Title IV Policy is available upon request from the Office of Financial Aid or can be viewed on the DSCC website at Return to Title IV Policy.
Financial Aid Consumer Information
Financial Aid Consumer Information may be found on the DSCC website at https://www.dscc.edu/node/2525. Additional information on programs available and the policies and procedures regarding the administration of the financial aid programs at DSCC may be found on this website. Help obtaining this information is available upon request by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.
All students should be prepared to purchase their textbooks by the first day of class. Due to the complexity of the financial aid awarding process and the federal requirement of verifying class attendance prior to the delivery of financial aid funds, there may be a delay in the receipt of financial aid funds. The estimated cost of textbooks and required supplies for one semester is $600. For exact costs, contact the DSCC Bookstore.
DSCC operates a Book Voucher Program. If interested, please complete the Book Voucher form electronically through the MyDSCC Student Portal. This form is located on the ‘Student’ tab, in the ‘Registration Tools’ box. If a student has more than enough financial aid to pay all tuition and fees, the student may apply for a book voucher. This voucher will allow the student to obtain up to $600.00 or the amount of credit balance, whichever is less, of required textbooks/materials/supplies on the first day of the term from the DSCC Bookstore.
Satisfactory for Academic Progress (SAP)
Federal and state regulations require that students maintain adequate progress towards receiving a degree in order to continue eligibility for financial aid programs. The following standards are for financial aid purposes only and neither replace nor override the college’s academic policies. A student is reviewed for eligibility no matter if the individual received aid during the period reviewed.
This policy shall apply to all State, Title IV or HEA approved programs requiring satisfactory academic progress. The Financial Aid Director, who will develop, revise and enforce the procedures for aid retention, will administer this policy.
The following standards are applicable to all students applying for and/or receiving assistance administered by the Financial Aid Office:
Section 1: General Information
- To receive federal student aid, eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours), with the exception of Pell. Only full-time enrolled students are eligible to receive a full Pell Grant.
- Special/non-degree students (as defined in the college catalog) will not be considered for aid.
- Students must meet both quantitative (Pace) and qualitative (GPA) standards to be eligible for aid.
- The entire academic record will be reviewed, to include courses that were part of a Fresh Start and transfer hours.
A student is in violation of maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes if the student meets a condition in Standard 1 or fails to meet any of the additional standards.
Section 2: Standards
Standard 1: Academic Status
Students who do not earn any credits in any one semester will be considered to be making unsatisfactory academic progress. Additionally, these students may be responsible for repayment of federal aid received for that term. A warning period does not apply.
Standard 2: Qualitative (GPA)
Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average based on the number of credit hours attempted at the college in order to maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation. This includes college level, ESL, and learning support courses. This does not include transfer credit or credit by exam (AP credit).
Standard 3: Quantitative/PACE of Completion (Overall Attempted vs. Overall Earned Hours)
Students must maintain at least a 67% overall class completion rate (PACE) of all classes attempted at the college and/or transfer courses accepted. Hours attempted include all hours transferred in to Dyersburg State Community College and all hours enrolled in at Dyersburg State Community College on the institution’s official enrollment reporting date. Class hours that are withdrawn, repeated, or earn incomplete grades after the institution’s enrollment reporting date are included in attempted hours. Repeats of previously passed courses can cause a student’s completion rate to decrease. A grade of A, B, C, D, or P are required for successful completion. Grades of W, I, E, F, FA, and AU do not count as completed courses for the student. Standard rounding rules are used when calculating percentages under the 67% PACE requirement, i.e. 66.5% PACE percentage is rounded to 67%.
To determine completion/PACE percentage:
Take the total number of overall combined earned hours divided by overall combined attempted hours. For example, a student attempted 45 hours and earned 25. The student would take the 25 earned hours and divide by the 45 hours attempted (25 / 45 = 55%). The completion rate is 55%, and the person is not eligible for financial aid because the rate is below the required 67% completion rate.
In this same scenario, a student should have earned at least 31 hours in order to remain eligible for financial aid. (31 / 45 = 68%)
Standard 4: Maximum Time Frame (MTF)
Students must complete their program of study within 150% of the published length of the program.
For associate degree programs, students are allowed up to their first 90 hours attempted or at the point in which it is determined they cannot complete programs within the maximum timeframe. Students enrolled in Title IV eligible certificate programs may receive aid up until 150% of the individual program length. The college will consider a student to have reached this limit at the end of the semester in which he or she reaches or exceeds the maximum hours. Transfer credit, repeated coursework, and audit coursework count toward the attempted hours. All college coursework and transfer coursework accepted is included in this measurement even if it does not apply to the student’s current program of study. At any point, when it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to complete their program of study within the MTF, the student will become ineligible for all federal financial aid programs.
This timeframe limitation does not include remedial or developmental courses for which the maximum federal limitation is thirty (30) attempted credit hours.
Mathematically Impossible Scenario
A student’s degree requires 60 credit hours. He or she attempted 52 hours and earned 16 hours. There are 44 additional hours required for degree completion. The remaining hours along with attempted hours applicable to the student’s degree program exceed 90 hours.
Required Hours for Degree:
Remaining Hours to Complete Degree:
Total Attempted and Remaining Hours:
(52 + 44) = 96
In this scenario, it is mathematically impossible for the student to complete the degree within the 150% timeframe.
Section 3: Additional Guidelines
Academic Fresh Start
Students granted Academic Fresh Start remain accountable for all work on their records. The hours attempted will still be considered when evaluating for MTF. The forgiveness of previously completed coursework will result in a lowering of completion rate (PACE).
Students should refer to the academic regulations within the college catalog to determine how course repeats are counted in the institutional GPA calculation.
In relation to this policy, all attempted college level credit hours (including repeated coursework credit hours) are included in the quantitative/pace and MTF measurements. Additionally, all attempted remedial/developmental (R&D), also referred to as learning support courses, coursework (including repeated R&D credit hours) are included in the R&D thirty (30) attempted credit hour limitation.
A student may repeat a failed course until passed (depending on eligibility). However, for a passed course, a student may only be paid federal financial aid one additional time. Passed courses are any course with A, B, C, D, or P grades. Repeats of a passed course can impact a student’s completion rate (PACE), as a student may only earn hours for the course once.
Change of Majors
A student who changes his or her major thus requiring additional hours to complete degrees must still complete the programs of study within the maximum timeframe allowed of 150%.
Students must be working toward their first associate degree or certificate. A second degree student is defined as a student with a previous degree at the same classification. A student who completed a previous degree and is seeking a second degree may violate the 150% maximum timeframe rule.
Learning Support Limit
Students can receive aid for up to 30 attempted hours of remedial or learning support courses. Transfer credits of learning support courses will be included in the total hours for eligibility. Federal aid for students exceeding this maximum is based on college level courses only. This limit cannot be appealed.
Grades of ‘I’
In cases where a student is assigned a grade of ‘I’, the student will be evaluated accordingly. These grades do not impact GPA. If the grade is subsequently changed, the student’s SAP status may be re-evaluated.
Readmit students will be evaluated under the current SAP policy. All academic transcripts must be received and evaluated prior to determining the student’s SAP status.
Transfer students will be evaluated under the current SAP policy. All academic transcripts must be received and evaluated prior to determining the student’s SAP status. Transcripts submitted with in-progress grades are not considered final transcripts. Students who have reached the 150% limit or achieved a degree will be ineligible for financial aid.
Section 4: Review and Notification
Review for Continuing Students
A review of academic progress will be conducted at the end of each semester (fall, spring, and summer).
At any point, when it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to complete their program of study within the MTF, the student will become ineligible for all federal financial aid programs.
Initial Review for Transfer Students
Transfer students’ satisfactory academic progress standings are evaluated upon admission once all transcripts are received and reviewed. Eligibility will be calculated based on previously described standards. If a transcript has not been evaluated, a process is used to prevent aid disbursing until evaluation is complete and eligibility determined. If ineligible for financial aid, an appeal may be submitted.
Current students who initially fail the qualitative or quantitative standards will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Students in this status may continue to receive aid for one additional semester. At the end of that semester if they do not move into good standing, they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Students who fail the MTF measurement or are deemed to not be mathematically capable of completing within the MTF are not eligible for a Financial Aid Warning period and immediately become ineligible for aid.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress (Suspension)
Students in the suspension status are ineligible to receive any financial aid (including loans) and must take classes at their own expense until they are again in good standing. Students who fail the MTF measurement or are deemed to not be mathematically capable of completing within the MTF are not eligible for a Financial Aid Warning period and immediately become ineligible for aid. Appeals are accepted for students who fail MTF. See appeals sections 5 and 6.
Students are notified of their satisfactory academic progress standing by email and on their student portal. It is the students’ responsibility to keep their addresses updated with the Records Office. Notifications are not sent to students in good standing because no action is required.
Section 5: Appeal Process
Students can file a Financial Aid appeal to regain eligibility if there were extenuating circumstances that warrant a student to continue receiving Title IV and/or State aid. To successfully appeal, the student must:
- Complete and submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. An Academic Plan signed by an advisor is also required. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form is accessible in the MyDSCC Student Portal under Financial Aid requirements.
- Attach a detailed, signed, dated statement outlining:
the extenuating circumstances that resulted in unsatisfactory progress during the semesters required standards were not met; and
explaining what circumstances have changed that make it possible for the student to be academically successful during future terms.
Attach appropriate documentation to support the circumstances outlined in the appeal. Documentation may include, but are not limited to; a physician’s signed statement on official letterhead, copy of death certificate, accident report, and medical reports/records. Appeals submitted without appropriate documentation will be denied. Documents may be uploaded into the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form in the MyDSCC Student Portal under Financial Aid requirements.
Federal regulations permit appeal approvals under the following conditions:
- It has been determined that the student will be able to meet SAP standards after the subsequent term.
- An academic plan is developed for the student that, if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time.
Section 6: Review of Appeals
A Financial Aid Appeals Committee conducts the appeal review and makes recommendations to the President of the College.
Appeals should be submitted by the priority dates listed below. Students must anticipate a minimum of three weeks for the Appeals Committee to review the appeal and make a decision on their request. Failure to provide required supporting documentation will delay the appeal process. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee may limit the number of appeals on a case-by-case basis.
- Requesting aid for fall: July 15
- Requesting aid for spring: December 1
- Requesting aid for summer: April 15
A student wishing to appeal the action of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee should submit a written appeal to the Dean of Student Services within five calendar days from date of notification of the committee’s decision. If further action is deemed necessary, an appeal of a decision of the Dean of Student Services will be made in writing to the Vice President of the College, and further appeal will be made in writing to the President, if desired. Each of these appeals must be made in writing within five calendar days of notification of the previous appeal decision.
Students who have filed an appeal at the beginning of a semester are responsible for securing their classes via payment to the Business Office.
Financial Aid Probation
Approved status is assigned to a student who fails to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines, submitted an appeal, and the appeal was approved. A student may receive aid for one semester/term while on this status. An approved appeal does not allow retroactive financial aid payments.
When a student’s appeal is approved, but it is mathematically impossible to meet satisfactory academic progress standards within one semester, the student is placed on an academic plan with specific requirements. This status is also used in situations where MTF appeals are approved and the number of hours for degree completion extends beyond one term.
The plan may include a higher GPA standard, a higher completion rate, or other requirement that helps ensure the student can return to good standing within a specific time period or graduate.
Subsequent Violation Following Appeal Approval
The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the academic plan and approve or disapprove the reinstatement of aid. If the student fails to follow the approved academic plan, all aid will stop until the student has re-established eligibility at his/her own expense.
A student whose appeal was reviewed and denied remains on financial aid suspension and is not eligible to receive financial aid. A reason for denial will be provided, and the student may refer to this policy for regaining eligibility.
Section 7: Reestablishing Eligibility
If a student’s appeal is denied, he or she may regain eligibility for financial aid by taking the following actions:
- Earn the number of deficient credit hours (quantitative/pace standards)
- Earn the required GPA (qualitative standard)
A student must notify the Financial Aid Office when the deficient hours and GPA meet the compliance standards.
If an academic review reveals a student will violate MTF prior to degree completion, the student will need to file an appeal to re-establish eligibility. The student may not regain eligibility unless a change in program or degree results in the student’s ability to graduate within the maximum timeframe when considering attempted courses applicable to the new program.
Students may be required to complete a specific number of credits or enroll for a certain number of academic periods without receiving financial aid. However, neither paying for classes nor a period of non-enrollment re-establishes eligibility. Should students decide to pay fees out-of-pocket, there is no guarantee an appeal will be approved. If an appeal is approved, financial aid will be awarded based on eligibility, but retroactive financial aid payments will not be granted.
Students who officially or unofficially withdraw from the College during any semester will be expected to repay an appropriate amount of aid awarded. (Exception: Federal College Work-Study Program) Students should familiarize themselves with the Return of Title IV Funds Policy.
The termination of eligibility to receive financial assistance has no effect on the right of the students to enroll at Dyersburg State Community College.
Cedric L. Brown Memorial Emergency Fund
This specialized fund was established by DSCC staff members who are members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., (Zeta Kappa Chapter) in memory of fellow fraternity brother Cedric Brown. Eligible students may apply for a limited and short-term loan to offset emergency situations that directly impact educational development. Applications and additional information may be obtained from the Fund Administrator, Stephen Thomas, Director of Student Life 731-286-3332, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dyersburg campus.
Access and Diversity Scholarship Program
The Access and Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to increase enrollment of underrepresented students at Dyersburg State Community College. Fee grants, provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents, are awarded to in-state graduating high school seniors, first-time students, and returning DSCC students for the following academic year. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average to qualify for initial eligibility. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain this scholarship. Subject to availability, Access and Diversity Scholarship funds are also awarded to assist eligible students desiring to attend the DSCC summer term. Additional information is available from the Program Administrator, Mr. Stephen Thomas, Director of Student Life (731-286-3332, email@example.com, Dyersburg Campus).
DSCC cooperates with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs in providing educational opportunities for veterans and eligible persons under appropriate public laws. Veterans desiring to attend DSCC under appropriate federal legislation should contact:
Veterans Academic Success Coach
Veterans’ educational benefits may not be paid until eligible persons desiring to attend DSCC have been officially admitted in a degree-seeking or approved certificate program. For more information about receiving credit for military training, contact the Office of Records. It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in eligible courses.
For further information on veterans’ educational benefits, click on the following link: www.dscc.edu/veterans.
The VA/Financial Aid Counselor reports to the Department of Veterans Affairs on all persons receiving benefits.
Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees
Service members, veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally-funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 497-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Application for deferment must be made no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term, and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered, and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation or to act in good faith in making timely payments. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
The following scholarships are made possible by individuals who have made gifts of sufficient size to fund a scholarship each year from the investment income. Such gifts will help students for years to come and provide a lasting memorial to the donor’s generosity and to an individual they would like to have remembered. These scholarships are currently being managed by Brown Advisory.
The following individuals, businesses and organizations made contributions to endowed scholarships:
Bill and Mary Adcock Endowed Scholarship. Bill and Mary Adcock established this endowed scholarship. Earnings from this endowment will be awarded each year with preference given to students from the Newbern area. Recipients must maintain at least a “C” average.
Hollie M. Adcock Memorial Therapy Endowed Scholarship. Bill and Mary Adcock established this endowed scholarship in memory of their granddaughter, Hollie Marie Adcock, in order to foster higher education opportunities for students at DSCC. Born on May 2, 1994, Hollie was the daughter of David and Pamie Adcock. She was a 2012 graduate of Dyer County High School, serving as co-valedictorian and maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. She was elected as a senior class president and Miss DCHS and was a member of Newbern First Baptist Church. Hollie was also a 2015 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. The recipient of this scholarship must be a graduate of Dyer County High School majoring in pre-occupational therapy and must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. If there is no eligible applicant from Dyer County High School, a student from West Tennessee meeting these criteria may receive the scholarship. If there are no students majoring in pre-occupational therapy, the award may be given to a student majoring in pre-physical therapy, with consideration given first to Dyer County High School graduates and second to students from West Tennessee. Recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the DSCC Office of Financial Aid.
Dr. Carlton H. Bowyer Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. Family, friends and the business community have established the Dr. Carlton H. Bowyer Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in his memory. Income from the endowment will be awarded to deserving students. Dr. Bowyer served as a professor of Philosophy of Education from 1949 to 1995 at the following institutions: Stephens College in Missouri, Emporia State University in Kansas, the University of Texas, the University of Alabama, and the University of Memphis. At the University of Alabama, he was Director of International Programs, and at the University of Memphis, he was Chairman of the Department of Foundations of Education. He served in the Second World War and was one of the first troops to liberate the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany. Carlton was married to Dr. Karen Bowyer in 1972. He was born in 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia, and passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995.
Duke Brasfield Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The Duke Brasfield Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by the Board of Directors of Patriot Bank, of which Duke was a member, to fund scholarships for Tipton County students attending the Jimmy Naifeh Center. Duke served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from 1969-1972. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University and practiced law in Covington for 33 years. Duke was an outstanding leader in Covington’s First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees and numerous other committees. Duke’s role as a community leader included serving as the County Attorney for Tipton County for 35 years, attorney for the Tipton County Industrial Board, Board member and President of the Covington Lions Club and Board member and President of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association. Duke was a member of the Tipton County Education Task Force that spearheaded the purchase of the 64-acre site that is now the home of the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County. He was also a founding member of the Tipton County Advisory Committee. Throughout the years, Duke worked with the DSCC Annual Fund Campaign and served on the DSCC Foundation Board. He provided timely and thoughtful guidance by being a member of the DSCC Foundation Executive Committee and the Investment Subcommittee. In June of 2008, DSCC presented Duke with its Pinnacle award. This award is given to members of the community to acknowledge extraordinary service to the College. Duke was a loving and dedicated husband to Martha, father to Ben, Sarah and Charles and son to Reba Nell and Charles B. Brasfield. Recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the DSCC Financial Aid Office chosen from Tipton County students attending classes at the Jimmy Naifeh Center who have unmet financial need.
Brian Burrow Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established in loving memory of Brian D. Burrow, March 6, 1974, to September 7, 2005, in order to fulfill a dream that he always had in his heart - he wanted to become a conservationist. Brian was a lover of the outdoors and animals. He had a very creative mind, a natural ability to draw and a wonderful way with words. We loved his poetry as it represented the true person that he was - loving and very caring. We know in our hearts that God has him in His embrace now. So “In His Memory” hold your head high, dream big and pray large. Reach far, because with God’s help, nothing is impossible. This is what he would tell you if he were here.
Carlin Family Endowed Scholarship. Family and friends established this scholarship in memory of Robert and Aleta Carlin. Mr. and Mrs. Carlin were residents of Dyersburg for over 40 years. Mr. Carlin was Vice President of Sales at Heckethorn Manufacturing Company. Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Caterpillar Foundation Endowment. The Caterpillar Foundation established an endowed scholarship. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students.
Robert E. Cloar Endowment. Mr. Robert E. Cloar was born in 1906 and passed away in 2000. He was employed by Dyersburg Fabrics in 1929 as Plant Superintendent and retired in 1986 as Vice President for Manufacturing. Mr. Cloar was a member of First Baptist Church in Dyersburg, TN. He started Boy Scout Troop 88 in 1940, served as Scout Master and was active in scouting for many years. He was married to Jennette Cloar. They had one son, Bill Cloar. Mr. Cloar established this scholarship to help educate deserving students from this area.
Cobb-Parr Memorial Park Endowed Scholarship. The Trustees from the Cobb-Parr Memorial Park in Covington established an endowed scholarship. Income from the scholarship will be awarded to Tipton County students.
Cultured Marble Association of the South Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Billy Carl Billings and the members of the Cultured Marble Association of the South established this endowed scholarship to assist students from Tipton County with financial need.
Dr. Walter E. David Endowed Scholarship. The Dr. Walter E. David Endowed Scholarship was established to fund a scholarship for a needy student who is interested in nursing or wildlife management.
Dick and Martha Donner Endowed Scholarship. The Dick and Martha Donner Endowed Scholarship was established by Dick and Martha Donner to fund scholarships to students. Mr. Richard Donner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his education at Rugby School in England. He served in the U.S. Air Force where he flew 50 missions over enemy territory during World War II. His military service earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Dyersburg Fabrics in 1986 after a career that spanned 42 years. In 1945, he joined Dyersburg Fabrics as a member of the company’s management training program. Later that year, he was elected to the Board of Directors, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the position on the Board. Two years later, he was elected as Secretary and was elevated to the office of Executive Vice President in 1959. In 1960, he was elected as President, a position he held until he was named Chairman of the Board in 1981.
Mr. Donner took an active role in the community. He was Chairman of the Board of McIver’s Grant Public Library, a board member of the First American National Bank, and a board member of Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Dyersburg State Community College gratefully remembers his service as Foundation Board Member, trusted advisor, and generous benefactor.
Mrs. Martha W. Donner was well-known for her concern and dedication to scouting, her church, and college scholarships. She was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Donner helped many people attend college, including a number of students who attend Dyersburg State.
The Donners are the parents of Suzanne E. Donner, Betsy Donner Bloch and Richard W. Donner, and the grandparents of Cheraton Donner, Mary Anna Donner, Elliot Bloch and Nina Bloch.
DSCC Administrative Professionals Council (APC) Endowed Scholarship. The Administrative Professionals of DSCC established an endowed scholarship fund for deserving students in honor of Founding President E.B. Eller and in loving memory of members of the Council, Mrs. Nell Armstrong, Mrs. Bonnie F. Jones, and Mrs. Deborah Morgan. This scholarship encourages students who plan to enter the secretarial field by assisting them with college expenses. The scholarship amount is determined each year by the Council. The recipient must be full-time, seeking a degree or certificate and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Preference will be given to students majoring in Business, particularly those with a concentration in Administrative Professional Technology. Children/stepchildren of APC members will be given priority.
Dyersburg Fabrics Endowed Scholarship. Dyersburg Fabrics opened its doors in 1929 and was a very successful leader in knit fabric manufacturing. For many years, Dyersburg Fabrics was a spirited supporter of many fine organizations in Dyer County. They established this endowment to assist students with the cost of obtaining a higher education. Even though the company no longer exists, their scholarship continues to assist students in Dyer County.
Allene Farris Scholarship Endowment Fund. Mr. William W. Farris of Memphis, TN, a prominent attorney, former member of the State Board of Regents and DSCC Foundation Board Director Emeritus, has established a scholarship fund as a memorial to his late sister, Allene Farris, who died in 1941 of meningitis. She was a 20-year-old senior in the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. The scholarships are for Dyer County residents enrolled in the associate degree nursing program at Dyersburg State and in the bachelor of nursing program at the University of Memphis.
First Citizens National Bank Endowed Scholarship. First Citizens National Bank and its Board of Directors, believing that education is vital to the economic development of the community, established a $500,000 endowed scholarship fund in 1993. This fund will help students attend college for generations to come.
First State Bank Endowed Scholarship. The Board of Directors of First State Bank established this endowment to assist students from Tipton County. The recipients of this scholarship must be full-time, degree-seeking students making satisfactory progress.
Vern Forcum Endowed Scholarship Fund. The earnings from the Vern Forcum Scholarship Fund provide a number of scholarships to Dyersburg State students upon completion of their freshman year. The College staff recommends students. Recipients must use the scholarship to complete the sophomore year at Dyersburg State Community College.
Forcum-Lannom Endowed Scholarship. The Forcum-Lannom Endowed Scholarship was created by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lannom, Mr. Hilton Buckner Forcum, Mrs. Lucianne Ezell, and the late Mrs. Donna Forcum Williams. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any field of study.
William Kent Ford, Sr., Endowed Scholarship. The family of William Kent Ford, Sr., and Ford Construction Company have established an endowed scholarship in memory of Mr. Ford. The scholarship is open to students who demonstrate financial need. Students in any field of study are eligible to apply.
Gracey Pattison McNeely Fyfe Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Cardozier, in memory of Mrs. Fyfe, an accomplished musician as well as devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Her love and concern for young people was expressed through her many years of teaching Sunday School and leading the youth in special musical programs for worship. Qualified graduates of Tipton County high schools are eligible to apply, and students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education are encouraged to apply.
Peter Fyfe Endowed Scholarship. Mrs. Nancy Cardozier of Austin, Texas, and a native of Covington, Tennessee, established the Peter Fyfe Endowed Scholarship in memory of her father. Mr. Fyfe, born in 1883 in Gilby, North Dakota, died in 1981 in Covington, TN. Mr. Fyfe built a career of 61 years with the same bank, serving 33 of those years as chief executive officer. He oversaw the development of a system of six out-of-county branches, unique among Tennessee banks at that time. Maintaining farming and ginning interests as well, Mr. Fyfe earned a widespread reputation for initiative, integrity, and fairness, which the scholarship recipient would be wise to emulate. Income from this scholarship will be awarded to a qualified graduate of a Tipton County high school who plans to major in a business-related field.
Dale F. Glover Scholarship Endowment Fund. A lifelong supporter of better education for Tennessee, Dale Glover and his wife Elizabeth, of Obion, Tennessee, generously endowed a scholarship in 1985. Income from this scholarship is awarded to a deserving student from Obion County who plans to pursue a higher education. Mr. Glover spent 29 years in the capacities of Director, President and Chairman of Commercial Bank in Obion. Mr. Glover was a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents from 1972 until 1984. He also served 10 years on the State Board of Education, eight years in the Tennessee Legislature and as a trustee of Union University in Jackson. The classroom building on the Dyersburg campus is named the “Dale F. Glover Education Center.”
Ben and Lillian Greenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Greenberg and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg established a scholarship in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Greenberg, to be awarded to a deserving student.
Eddie Gregory Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, members of the business community, family, and friends have established this scholarship in memory of Mr. Eddie Gregory.
Michael and Becky Heckethorn Endowed Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heckethorn established this endowed scholarship. Earnings from this scholarship will be awarded to a DSCC student with financial need.
Mr. and Mrs. William P. Heckethorn Endowed Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. William P. Heckethorn established an endowed scholarship. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Dyersburg High School.
Stanley Hulme/Newbern Lions Endowed Scholarship Fund. Members of the Newbern Lions Club established an endowed scholarship in memory of Stanley Hulme. Mr. Hulme was a dedicated member of the Newbern Lions Club. This scholarship will be awarded each year to an incoming freshman who is a Dyer County High School graduate. Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Doris Ann Parmenter Karlgaard Endowed Scholarship. Wayne Karlgaard established this scholarship in memory of his wife Doris. Doris Karlgaard was a lifelong resident of Dyer County and was a graduate of DSCC and UT Martin in Business Administration. She was employed at Oldberg Manufacturing for 18 years and at Colonial Rubber/Colonial West/PolyOne for another 18 years. Her son Tracy Allen Voss is a graduate of the DSCC Nursing Program. Income from this scholarship will be awarded to a deserving second-year student.
Mr. Ed Lannom Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of E.H. Lannom, Jr., and will be awarded to a full-time student who maintains satisfactory academic progress.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lannom, Jr., Endowed Scholarship. The Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lannom, Jr., Endowed Scholarship was established to fund scholarships to students.
Maude M. Latta Endowed Scholarship. The Maude M. Latta Scholarship was created in a bequest to DSCC from Mrs. Latta. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students in the education field.
Ken Leeth Family Endowed Scholarship. Ken Leeth and his family established a scholarship in which the student would attend DSCC for two years and then transfer to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The scholarship will pay for tuition and books.
Deetrice Mathews Endowed Scholarship. Mrs. Maude Latta established the Deetrice Mathews Scholarship in memory of her sister in a bequest to DSCC. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students in the Business Administration field.
Dr. Mary Frances Seibert McCauley Endowed English Scholarship. This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Mary Frances Seibert McCauley for her many years of dedicated teaching and her love for education. Dr. McCauley joined DSCC as Instructor of English in 1969. She retired from DSCC in 1994 as Professor of English. Dr. McCauley received her B.S. Degree from A & I University in Nashville with majors in English and history and earned the master’s degree from the same institution with a major in English. She received her doctorate degree from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1983. Prior to her employment at DSCC, Dr. McCauley taught English at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana, and at Bruce High School and Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg. Dr. McCauley died on July 2, 2002, after an extended battle with cancer.
Ermine McNeely Endowed Scholarship. For more than 60 years, Miss Ermine McNeely was a loved and respected teacher of piano and organ. Her own classical training included study with nationally recognized musicians. By her example of high ideals in music as in life, she influenced countless devoted students - inspiring them with a love and appreciation of music. This scholarship is endowed by her nephew, Peter McNeely Fyfe, who was one of her students.
Betty Norton Endowment. This endowment was established from the estate of Ms. Betty Norton. Ms. Norton supported the arts and cultural events of the community and, in particular, those supported by Dyersburg State Community College. She had a love for music and often shared her beautiful voice with the community and was a great supporter of education.
Judy Peel Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Friends and members of the business community established this scholarship in memory of Mrs. Judy Peel to be awarded to deserving students from Dyer County.
Margo Marie Petersen Memorial Nursing Endowed Scholarship. Bill and Mary Adcock established this scholarship in memory of their granddaughter, Margo M. Petersen. Margo was born on November 17, 1988, to Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Petersen. She contracted a rare blood disorder at the age of 3 1/2 months and died on June 12, 1989. During Margo’s illness and after her death, the family felt special gratitude to the nurses who cared for her through their consistent love, care, and concern. This scholarship was established to continue to express their love for Margo and their thankfulness to the nursing profession. In this way, Margo’s brief life can continue to touch and bless the scholarship recipient as well as other deserving nursing students in the future.
Lindsay Rice Memorial and Milton Rice Music Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who meets the criteria of enrolling in the DSCC Band. The Music Department will select the recipient.
King W. Rogers, Jr., and Essie M. Rogers Endowed Scholarships. Scholarships have been established in memory of Mr. King W. Rogers, Jr., and Mrs. Essie M. Rogers. They have been funded by Mrs. King W. Rogers, Jr., and by Mr. and Mrs. King W. Rogers III.
Security Bancorp of Tennessee Endowed Scholarship. Security Bank, Bank of Halls, Gates Bank and Trust, and Bank of Crockett established a $450,000 endowed scholarship fund in 1994.
William Len and Virginia D. Shipman Endowed Scholarship. The children of William Len and Virginia D. Shipman have established an endowed scholarship in memory of their parents.
Chuck Stanfield Music Scholarship Fund. A scholarship fund was established to provide music scholarships in memory of Mr. Chuck Stanfield. The earnings from the scholarship fund will be awarded through the DSCC Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee on the recommendation of the Music Department to students who exhibit talent in music and who plan to pursue music as a major life interest. Applicants should contact the head of the Music Department for applications and information.
Maggie Lou Sudbury Endowed Scholarship. The Maggie Lou Sudbury Scholarship Fund was established through a generous gift from the estate of Miss Maggie Lou Sudbury. Miss Sudbury was a teacher whose career spanned 60 years. The scholarship is available to students who are graduates of a high school in Dyer County.
Buck Tarpley Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the DSCC Foundation Board to honor Dr. Buck Tarpley for his many years of service to DSCC and its students. This scholarship will serve as a reminder of Dr. Tarpley’s dedication to our community and our students, and it will serve as a means to assist those who are experiencing difficulty in paying for college.
Hugh M. Todd, Jr., Endowed Scholarship. Dyersburg Fabrics, Inc., its Corporate Board of Directors and friends of Mr. Hugh M. Todd, Jr., established an endowed scholarship in his honor. Proceeds from this fund are used to award scholarships to deserving students.
West Tennessee CPA Chapter Endowed Scholarship. The West Tennessee Chapter CPA Endowed Scholarship was established through the generosity of the chapter membership to provide an opportunity for deserving citizens of West Tennessee to pursue an associate degree or professional certification at Dyersburg State Community College. The award is $250 per semester or $500 a year. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled as a full-time student with a major in business and a concentration in accounting. The recipient must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average. Application must be made through the Financial Aid Office at DSCC.
Contributors to Endowed Scholarships
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Adcock
Dr. Karen Bowyer
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Emery
Mr. Wayne Karlgaard
Mr. and Mrs. Edward King, III
Mr. and Mrs. David Landgraf
Mr. Roger Taylor
Numerous scholarships are available to students who attend DSCC. They are made possible by contributions from businesses, civic organizations, clubs and individuals in the College service area. General requirements for eligibility are (1) full-time enrollment and (2) maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Some donor scholarships have additional restrictions as stated in the catalog description.
Donor scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, and participation in student activities, leadership and citizenship. Unless otherwise specified, the Office of Financial Aid selects recipients.
Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority date for completion and filing of the FAFSA is March 1. Entering students must submit a seventh-semester transcript and be fully accepted for admission as a certificate or degree-seeking student in order to be considered for a scholarship.
DSCC is grateful to the following individuals and organizations that have agreed to provide scholarship assistance on an ongoing basis:
Bill and Mary Adcock Scholarship. Bill and Mary Adcock provide a scholarship each year with preference given to students from the Newbern area. Recipients must maintain at least a “C” average.
Administrative Professionals Council Scholarship. The Administrative Professionals of DSCC established this scholarship to be awarded to a full-time, degree- or certificate-seeking student. Preference will be given to students majoring in Business, particularly those concentrating in Administrative Professional Technology. Children/step-children of APC members will be given priority. If there are no children/step-children of APC members, the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship based on the criteria used for all other students. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Frank Agee Baseball Scholarship. Jeff Agee established this scholarship in honor of his father, Frank Agee. This scholarship will be awarded to members of the DSCC baseball team with preference going to Dyer County students.
American Business Women’s Association. The members of the American Business Women’s Association established a scholarship for both male and female students with financial need. The Association works with the Financial Aid Office to select the recipients. Preference is given to Upward Bound students and students from Dyer County. The recipient must maintain a 2.0 GPA after the first semester in order to retain the scholarship.
BancorpSouth Scholarship-Covington. BancorpSouth, Covington, established a scholarship to be awarded to a full-time student with a low to moderate income who desires to attend college at the Jimmy Naifeh Center.
BancorpSouth Scholarship-Trenton. BancorpSouth, Trenton, established a scholarship to be awarded to a full-time Gibson County student with a low to moderate income.
Bank of Ripley Scholarship. The Bank of Ripley provides a scholarship for a graduate of Ripley High School to attend DSCC. The recipient is selected by the staff of Ripley High School.
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Union City, Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship. The Women’s Auxiliary provides a two-year scholarship with priority to employees of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Union City, and residents of Obion County. Financial need will be a consideration.
Gloria Joyce Cape Memorial Scholarship. Dr. and Mrs. Richard Cape established a scholarship in memory of Dr. Cape’s mother, Gloria Joyce Cape, to be awarded to a nursing student.
Kevin and Damaris Cook Scholarship. Drs. Kevin and Damaris Cook established this scholarship to be awarded to a full-time student majoring in a healthcare-related field. The student must be in good standing and maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the scholarship.
Walter W. Dance Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Heckethorn established this scholarship for a Dyersburg High School graduate. This scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, and books.
Jack and Shirley Dewitt Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Mr. Jack Dewitt to fund a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student in any field of study.
Jack and Shirley DeWitt Sonic Scholarship. Al and Penny Guthrie established this scholarship in honor of Jack and Shirley DeWitt. The DeWitt family will select the recipient based upon their application and three letters of recommendation. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Dot Foods, Inc., Scholarship. Dot Foods, Inc., established this scholarship to be awarded to a full- or a part-time, degree- or certificate-seeking student. First preference will be given to current Dot Foods, Inc., employees, and second preference will be given to spouses and children of current Dot Foods, Inc., employees. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Nancy Estes Dratnol Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Marilyn Estes Armstrong, employed at DSCC since from 1987 to 2017, established this scholarship to honor her late sister, Nancy Estes Dratnol, a Registered Nurse, who passed away April 8, 2007. Deserving students who are in DSCC’s Nursing Program are to be awarded this scholarship, with preference given to former DSCC Upward Bound students.
Dyer County Scholarships. Businesses, industries, organizations and individuals raise funds for scholarships each year to be awarded to deserving students from Dyer County. Recipients are selected by the DSCC Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Dyer County Promise Scholarship. This is funded by the Dyersburg City and Dyer County governments in an effort to provide opportunity for residents of Dyer County to obtain a higher education at DSCC or the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern. Some of the goals of this commitment are to educate tomorrow’s leaders, to create a competitive workforce in Dyer County and to attract and fill current high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
Dyersburg Civitan Memorial Scholarship. The Dyersburg Civitan Club contributes an annual scholarship to a graduate of a Dyer County high school.
Dyersburg Cotillion Club Scholarship. The Dyersburg Cotillion Club contributes an annual scholarship for the freshman year to a graduate of either Dyersburg High School or Dyer County High School.
Dyersburg Electric System Scholarship. The Dyersburg Electric System established a scholarship to be awarded to a deserving student with financial need. Preference will be given to employees and employees’ children.
Dyersburg Kiwanis Club Scholarship. A scholarship is provided each year by the Dyersburg Kiwanis Club to a graduate of a Dyer County high school.
Dyersburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. The Dyersburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary awards three nursing scholarships to nursing students who agree to practice in a health-related field for a minimum of three years with first consideration given to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.
Dyersburg Rotary Breakfast Club Scholarship. The Dyersburg Rotary Breakfast Club awards a scholarship each year to a deserving student.
Dyersburg Rotary Noon Club Scholarship. The Dyersburg Rotary Noon Club provides a scholarship to a student from Dyer County High School and a student from Dyersburg High School. This scholarship is for tuition and books only. The scholarship recipients must be in good standing, have financial need, and not be receiving more than two additional scholarships. The recipients must attend one Rotary Noon Club meeting or submit a written acknowledgement to the Club members.
Dyersburg State Community College Alumni Scholarship. The active members of the DSCC Alumni Association established this scholarship for deserving students. To be considered for the alumni scholarship, a student must be nominated by an active DSCC Alumni Association member. Preference will be given to the children of active DSCC Alumni Association members. The student must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 and must be enrolled as a full-time student. The scholarship may be retained as long as criteria are met each semester for a maximum of four semesters and funding is available. The number of scholarships awarded as well as their monetary value varies from year to year. For more information, contact Alumni Affairs at 731-286-3349 for an application, or complete the application online at www.dscc.edu/alumni.
Dyersburg State Community College Cheerleader Scholarships. DSCC awards scholarships each year to cheerleaders.
Dyersburg State Community College Faculty Scholarships. The Faculty Assembly of DSCC awards scholarships annually, one of which is named the Bill Edwards Scholarship. Recipients are selected by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly.
Dyersburg State Community College Choir Scholarships. DSCC awards scholarships to in-state students with the possibility of renewal the second year. Recipients must enroll in choir each semester and fulfill all course requirements. Students must audition before the music faculty, and the music faculty will make the selection of the recipients.
Dyersburg State Community College Mathematics Scholarships. DSCC awards scholarships to winners in the annual Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association (TMTA) Mathematics Competition.
ERMCO Scholarship. ERMCO provides scholarship funds to be used for academically qualified dependents of ERMCO employees. Renewal is subject to approval of ERMCO management.
First Citizens National Bank Scholarships. First Citizens National Bank of Dyersburg provides five scholarships each year. One scholarship is in honor of the Dyer County-Dyersburg Teachers Association. One is awarded to an athlete. One scholarship is awarded to an Upward Bound student. Priority for the other scholarships will be given to a First Citizens employee’s child first; for a First Citizens employee’s child second; and for a First Citizens employee’s grandchild third.
Ford Construction Company/Charles F. Moore Scholarship. Ford Construction Company awards an annual scholarship for tuition and books in memory of Charles F. Moore to a full-time student majoring in accounting.
Frazier Memorial Scholarship. The Frazier Roofing Company awards $3,000 per year to provide education to needy students.
Gibson County Dollars for Scholars Scholarships. Businesses, industries, organizations and individuals raise funds for scholarships each year to be awarded to deserving students from Gibson County. Recipients are selected by the DSCC Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) Scholarship. The Gibson EMC awards a scholarship for a deserving student who is a resident of Gibson, Obion, Lake, Dyer, or Crockett County. The recipient must be a Gibson EMC customer.
Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce Brandon Newman Scholarship. The Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce established this scholarship in memory of former Chamber President Brandon Newman to be awarded to a full- or part-time, degree- or certificate-seeking student. Students must reside in Trenton, Medina, Dyer, Bradford, Yorkville, Rutherford, Gibson or Kenton and have unmet need for financial aid to pay for tuition, fees, and/or books.
Joe Griggs, Jr., and David Griggs Memorial Scholarship. Joe and Kathy Griggs established the Joe Griggs, Jr., and David Griggs Memorial Scholarship in memory of their sons Joe and David. The recipients must be high school seniors from Ripley High School with financial need. Applicants must send in a short information sheet on themselves and a recommendation letter from their pastor and one from a teacher. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain the scholarship.
Howard Guthrie Community Scholarship. Al and Penny Guthrie and David and Kim Guthrie established this scholarship in honor of Howard Guthrie to honor his years of service with DSCC and his endless support of the community through thousands of hours of volunteer work. To be eligible for this scholarship, one must have a 2.5 GPA; complete the scholarship application by April 30; submit three letters of recommendation; and have 75 hours of documented volunteer hours in the past 12 months. Scholarship information and the application may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office. The applications will be reviewed and the successful applicant selected by members of the Guthrie family.
Faye Hendren Memorial Scholarship. Family and friends established this scholarship in memory of Faye Hendren for her 40 years of service to DSCC and its students. The recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Russell Hudson Book Scholarship. Mr. Russell Hudson established this scholarship in memory of his father, Jack S. Hudson, and his mother, Celia W. Hudson, to be used to assist students with the purchase of books.
Mary Elizabeth Sloan Hughes Scholarship. David Hughes, a DSCC Alumnus, established this scholarship in honor of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Sloan Hughes. The recipient is to be a second-year nursing student, preferably from Lauderdale County, who is in need of financial assistance.
InSouth Bank Scholarship. InSouth Bank awards three scholarships, one to a graduate of each of the three Tipton County high schools.
Johnson-Williams Funeral Home Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Williams established this scholarship for students from Dyer County, with preference given to students from Newbern. This scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees, books, and other related school expenses.
Evan Ross Jones Memorial EMT Scholarship. This scholarship is provided for a second semester student enrolled in the DSCC EMT Program. The scholarship honors the memory of a 2013 EMT graduate, Evan Ross Jones. A graduate of Dyersburg High School, Evan was a member of the Soccer Team, the Advanced Choir, and the Dyer County Trap Shooting Team. He was a 5-year selected member of the Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir, an All-State Honor Choir 1st Chair: West Division, and a Boy Scouts of America Life Scout. He was a member of the U.S. Army and served as an EMT/Fireman with the City of Dyersburg Fire Department. Students receiving this memorial scholarship must be in good academic standing with Dyersburg State, have need for financial assistance, and have successfully completed the first semester courses of the Emergency Medical Technician Track.
Edward M. King III and Jere C. King Scholarship. Mrs. Edward M. King, Jr., Ms. Monica Scott King, and Ms. Mary Louise King established the Edward M. King III and Jere C. King Scholarship. This scholarship is to be awarded to a resident of Dyer or Lauderdale County.
Elda La Ront and Russell Dittmer Memorial Scholarship. Drs. Carlton and Karen Bowyer and family members made this gift in memory of Dr. Karen Bowyer’s late aunt and uncle.
Lauderdale County Scholarships. Businesses, industries, organizations and individuals raise funds for scholarships each year to be awarded to deserving students from Lauderdale County. Recipients are selected by the DSCC Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Frank Maynard Memorial Scholarship/Fraternal Order of Police. Members of the Dyersburg Fraternal Order of Police #18 established this scholarship in memory of Frank Maynard, who lost his life while serving as a police officer. This scholarship award is restricted to immediate family members of any Dyer County, Tennessee, law enforcement officer. Applicants will be screened by the F.O.P. Selection Committee.
Ida Mae Theus-Mays Memorial Scholarships. J. Denard Williams, a DSCC graduate and pastor of Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee; Emma Mays-Reynolds, a DSCC Faculty Emeritus; the Mays family; and the Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church members established a scholarship in memory of a devout believer and supporter of education and founder of Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church, Ida Mae Theus-Mays. This scholarship helps provide an education for a second-year student at DSCC. The recipient must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. In addition, the student must be active in campus life at DSCC (SGA, departmental organization, PTK, etc.). They must be an active member in their church and/or community and preferably in a leadership role in their church and/or community. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must present two (2) signed letters of recommendation and one (1) letter must be from their pastor. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1000 each. The deadline for receipt of the letters of recommendation by the Office of Financial Aid is July 15 or until the scholarships are awarded.
McDonald’s Sells/Quertermous Family Scholarships. The Sells/Quertermous family provides eight scholarships each year. Preference is given to employees of McDonald’s, Inc., owned by the Sells family. If there are no applicants who are employees of McDonald’s, preference will be given to applicants from counties where Sells/Quertermous family-owned McDonald’s are located.
McGinness Family Memorial Scholarships. The McGinness Family Memorial Scholarships were established from resources inherited from Mr. Clarence R. McGinness by Wendell and Joan Arnold. The scholarships are in memory of Clarence R. McGinness and his sisters, Louisi Ana Powell and Mary Lorella Barlow. The three siblings were born and reared in the Lenox-Finley area. A $500 scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Dyersburg High School, and a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Dyer County High School. Preference is given to students from the Lenox or Finley area. The recipients may renew the scholarships for their sophomore year of college. The counselor and scholarship committee at each high school will make the selection. If the student does not continue enrollment at DSCC, the College may select another student to receive the remainder of the scholarship money.
The E.R. and Roselle Moody Scholarship for Adult Students. Lloyd Smith and the Moody Properties with CASO established this scholarship for a nontraditional student. The recipient must be 25 years old or older, be a full-time student and be degree seeking. The recipient must maintain good academic standing in order to maintain the scholarship.
Omni Tech Scholarship. Omni Tech established a scholarship to be awarded to a Dyer County resident who is a Dyersburg High School or Dyer County High School graduate.
Cindy Parker Spirit of Nursing Scholarship. Friends of Cindy Parker established this scholarship in her memory. This scholarship will be awarded at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony to a student who has successfully completed the DSCC Nursing Program. The recipient must have financial need and be someone who exemplifies the love and true spirit of nursing. The selection will be determined by the DSCC Nursing Faculty and will be used to pay for the recipient’s state BON and NCLEX application fees and review course fees.
Evera Armstrong Parker Nursing Scholarships. Mr. Mike Armstrong established these scholarships in memory of Mrs. Evera Armstrong Parker. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to nursing majors in Lake, Obion, or Dyer County. The recipient of this scholarship must have been accepted into the DSCC Nursing Program and must spend a minimum of 10 hours visiting residents at a nursing home or an assisted-living facility.
Forcum Lannom Contractors/Don Pennington Scholarship. Forcum Lannom Contractors awards a $1,500 scholarship per year in honor of Mr. Don Pennington. The recipient must be a resident of Dyer County.
Sam Reed Scholarship. The Dyersburg City School System established a scholarship in honor of Mr. Sam Reed. Mr. Reed served as a faculty member and superintendent of the Dyersburg City School System for many years. This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in the agriculture, agribusiness or education field.
The Ripley Power and Light Department Scholarships. The Ripley Power and Light Department established scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each to be awarded to deserving students with financial need. Preference will be given to employees and employees’ children, with second preference given to Lauderdale County students.
The King W. Rogers, Jr., and Essie M. Rogers Scholarships. These scholarships were established in memory of Mr. King W. Rogers, Jr., and Mrs. Essie M. Rogers. They have been funded by Mrs. King W. Rogers, Jr., and by Mr. and Mrs. King W. Rogers III.
Coy and Jeanette Rose Scholarship. Rose Integrated Services, Inc., established a scholarship in honor of Coy and Jeanette Rose, the parents of Paul and Allan Rose. In 1953, Mr. Coy W. Rose and his father, Mr. J. W. (Bill) Rose, founded Rose Iron Works, which grew into the current Rose Integrated Services. Rose Integrated Services has a rich history founded upon family values and a strong work ethic. In keeping with these values, this scholarship was established to be awarded to an employee or employee’s family member from Tipton County.
Sage Serene Scholarship. Sage Serene established a scholarship in honor of DSCC Basketball Coach Charles Taylor. Recipients are restricted to DSCC men and women basketball players. The student athletes must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
The Society of Human Resource Management Scholarship. The Society of Human Resource Management established a scholarship to be awarded to a student from Dyer, Lake, Obion, or Lauderdale County who is pursuing an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in Business Administration as part of his/her preparation for a career in human resources.
Student Government Association Scholarships. The Student Government Association of DSCC maintains a scholarship program supported by fundraising activities. The number of SGA scholarships, as well as their monetary worth, varies from year to year.
Theatre Scholarship. A $200 scholarship is awarded by the DSCC Theatre Department to a student who has proven interest in theatre. The recipient must be at least a half time student and maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average.
Tipton County Scholarships. Businesses, industries, organizations and individuals contribute funds for scholarships each year to be awarded to deserving students from Tipton County.
Richard H. Wheeler Scholarships. Contributions from the Donner Foundation fund the Richard H. Wheeler Scholarships, which will be awarded to graduating students from Dyersburg High School and Dyer County High School.
White & Associates Scholarships. White and Associates awards three scholarships each year to students with financial need. These scholarships are available to residents of Dyer, Gibson, Lake, and Obion counties.
Diane Kendall Whitley Scholarships. The Town of Atoka established this scholarship to be awarded to deserving students with financial need. Preference will be given to residents and employees of the Town of Atoka.
Scholarships Managed by First Citizens National Bank Trust Department
Hattie Lou Page Trust Fund. Ms. Hattie Lou Page was the daughter of Henry and Edora Page. She was a lifelong resident of Dyer County and a member of the Rehobeth United Methodist Church. She was also active in the Eastern Star organization.
During her life, she worked for a period of time at a dairy in Newbern owned by Mr. Hamilton Parks. She also wrote community articles for the Dyer County Tennessean newspaper.
She had a deep and sincere interest in high school graduates of Dyer County who have a desire to enter medical-related careers. This interest resulted in her establishing a trust fund that, upon her death, would be used to provide financial assistance for Dyer County students to pursue a degree in nursing or other medical-related careers. Ms. Page died in May, 1978. Since that time, the trust has provided scholarship funds to the DSCC Nursing Program.
Lillian Rawles Educational Trust Fund. Ms. Lillian Rawles was one of four daughters of Jon and Ollie Weedman Rawles. She lived in Finley, TN, with her family and taught first grade for many years. She had a deep appreciation for education and felt strongly that those who wanted to get an education should have the opportunity. She was an active member of the Finley United Methodist Church and served as treasurer for many years.
In 1946, she transferred her membership to the First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg. She was a very active member of the Sunday School and the United Methodist Women. She was a loyal and faithful member of the church until her death on September 6, 1979. She is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.
In addition to her gifts to the scholarship fund and her church, she made bequests to some of the fine health associations and organizations such as the cancer society and the heart society.
She was a woman of great sensitivity and compassion. She also was grateful and appreciative of the blessings she enjoyed in life and wanted others to have a better life.
Ms. Rawles is a prime example of the Holy Scripture, which says: “Though they be dead, yet their works do follow them.”
DSCC is grateful to the following businesses, individuals, and organizations that provide scholarship funds:
ABWA Southern Accent Chapter
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Adcock
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Agee
Alpha Delta Kappa
American Red Cross
Anderson Farms II
Ms. Joan Arnold
Bank of Ripley
Ms. Barbara Blender
Ms. Rebecca Blunkall
Ms. Minnie Bommer
Brighton High School
Ms. Laura Beth Butler
Ms. Bessie Mae Caldwell
Cape Regional Eye Center
Ms. Tonya Carson
Mr. William Thomas Cheairs
City of Dyersburg
City of Munford
City of Trenton
Clopton United Methodist Church
Mr. Lexie Cobb
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Colin
Community Foundation of Switzerland County
Community Resource Development Organization
Ms. Harolyn Council
Ms. Patsy Crihfield
Ms. Martha Crites
D and B Properties, Inc., Sonic
Ms. Peggy Davis
Delta Faucet Company
Mr. Richard Donner
Donner Private Foundation
Ms. Barbara Dorn
Dot Foods, Inc.
DSCC Women’s Basketball
Dyer County High School
Dyer County Mayor
Dyer Ministerial Association
Dyersburg Civitan Club
Dyersburg Dyer County Senior Citizens Association
Dyersburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary
Dyersburg Rotary Breakfast Club
Dyersburg Rotary Noon Club
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eller
FFA Booster Club of Dyersburg
Firestone Industrial Products Company
First Citizens National Bank
Flatt Heating and Air Conditioning
Ms. Margaret Flemming
Forcum Lannom Contractors
Ford Construction Company
Frazier Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Inc.
Fulton Rotary Club
Dr. Roger Ganier
Gibson County Commissioners
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gibson
Mr. Richard Gossum
Mr. Joe Griggs
Ms. Shelia Gurien
Mr. Jere Hadley
Halls First United Methodist Church
Ms. Sandra Harper
Anita Hart State Farm
Hattie Lou Page Educational Trust Fund
Ms. Sharon Lois Hayes
Mr. Joey Hays
Mr. and Mrs. William Patrick Heckethorn
Mr. David Hughes
International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
Jackson Madison County Sports Hall of Fame
Mr. Kevin James
Jamieson & Fisher, Inc.
Johnson-Williams Funeral Home
Ms. Charlotte Kelley
Kiwanis Club of Dyersburg
Kiwanis Club Union City
Lake County Board of Education
Lake County High School
Mr. David Landgraf
Mr. William Lindamood
Lillian Rawles Educational Trust Fund
Mr. John Marvin
Mary’s Chapel Church
Ms. Shirley McGuire
Ms. Mickie McLaughlin
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
Munford Police Department
National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Memphis
Nucor Steel Memphis
Nucor Yamato Steel Company
Mr. Mark Oakes
Omni Tech Manufacturing Corporation
Dr. Kay Patterson
Pierce Distribution Services Company
Pinellas Education Foundation
Ms. Jennifer Poston
Professional Counseling Services, Inc.
Ripley FFA Alumni Association
Ripley Gas and Water Department
Ripley High School
Ripley Power and Light
King and Judy Rogers
Rotary Club of Halls-Gates
Ms. Monya Sanders
Servpro of Dyersburg
Ms. Thirza Sloan
Society of Human Resource Management
South Tipton County Ministerial Fellowship
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stanley
Ms. Mary Jo Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. Kicell Stokes
Tennessee Health Care Education Foundation
Tennessee Moose Association
Tennessee School Nutrition Association
Ms. Teresa Thomson
Ms. Ellie Throop
Tipton Farmers Co-op
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Todd
Town of Atoka
Town of Gilt Edge
Dr. John Townsend
Trenton Exchange Club
Trenton Rotary Club
Ms. Amy Turnage
Union City Rotary Club
VF Imagewear, Inc.
West TN Healthcare Foundation
White and Associates Insurance
Whitefield Assembly of God
Whitehorn Tankersley & Davis PLLC
Mr. Steve Williams
Ms. Marianna Williams
Ms. Hattye Yarbrough
Faculty and Staff Scholarship Donors:
Ms. Teresa D. Adams
Ms. Shawna Adams
Mr. Jeffery Alford
Ms. Mary Lee Alford
Mr. Rodney Alford
Mr. Dennis Anderson
Mr. Shaun Awtry
Ms. Sherry Baker
Ms. Melissa Bane
Mr. James Beel
Ms. April Dawn Boals
Ms. Phyllis Boone
Ms. Teresa Boswell
Mr. Michael T. Bowen
Dr. Karen Ann Bowyer
Mr. Gary Box
Ms. Lisa Bradford
Mr. Nigel Bradley
Ms. Rita Brawner
Mr. Michael Brooks
Ms. Wilma Capps
Ms. Edith Jane Carlton
Ms. Kellie D. Chalk
Ms. Susan Charley
Ms. Jacqueline Cherry
Ms. Constance Clay
Ms. Alexandria Clenney
Dr. Joseph C. Clifft
Mr. Edgar Cook
Dr. Wayne Corlis
Ms. Robin Cottrell
Ms. Linda Crouch
Ms. Jennifer Cruz
Ms. Michelle L. Davis
Ms. Susan Davis
Ms. Kimberly Dew
Mr. Josh Duggin
Mr. Adam A. Dunlap
Ms. Mary Lynn Edwards
Ms. Beth Feith
Ms. Amy Finch
Ms. Brenda Fincher
Mr. Jonathan Brent Fonville
Dr. Jamie Frakes
Ms. Andrea Franckowiak
Ms. Julia R. Frazier
Ms. Larenda H. Fultz
Ms. Sheila Gillahan
Mr. Randal Golden
Ms. Julie Griggs
Ms. Karen Gruggett
Ms. Mary Hall
Dr. Christine Lee Hamilton
Ms. Barbara P. Hamilton
Ms. Christie Hamm
Mr. Micah Hardin
Ms. Kacee N. Hardy
Ms. Donna Hartman
Mr. Timothy Hathcock
Ms. Lisa Gail Hayden
Mr. Carl Hicks
Ms. Jane Hicks
Ms. Tammy M. Hines
Ms. Henri Hollingsworth
Dr. Akm Hoque
Dr. Anne Louis Houle-Gregory
Ms. Donna L. Hunter
Mr. Jon Jetton
Ms. Amy Johnson
Ms. Ashley Jones
Ms. Deborah Jones
Ms. Jessica Jones
Ms. Laurie Jones
Ms. Margaret Jones
Mr. Steven Jones
Mr. Bart Jowers
Ms. Tracie Keith
Ms. Patricia E. Larson
Ms. Andrea Lents
Dr. Brandi Leonard
Ms. Meleia Lewis
Ms. Kimberly Kay Litton
Ms. Renee Long
Mr. Terry Lovell
Ms. Julia Lynch
Dr. Aklilu Maasho
Ms. Angela J. Martin
Mr. Rob Martin
Ms. Rebecca Marvin
Ms. Jeannie C. Mathis
Ms. Amy Maxey
Ms. Rebecca McCaslin
Ms. Jeannine McMahon
Ms. Elizabeth Micke
Ms. Barbara Ann Moody
Ms. Beth Mullins
Ms. Karen Norfolk
Mr. Charles Norfork
Mr. Charles Norsworthy
Dr. William Northcutt
Ms. Linda Norvell
Ms. Susan Osborne
Mr. William Osborne
Mr. Xavier Parham
Ms. Ewa Pate
Ms. Dusty Narissia Paulsen
Ms. Dana Penn
Ms. Heather Pepple
Ms. Debra Perkins
Ms. Carmen Pfeifer
Ms. Joanne Phillips-Edley
Ms. Terri Pike
Mr. Kenneth Pittman
Ms. Micki Rhodes Poe
Ms. Sandra Pruett
Ms. Stacie Rana Purvis
Ms. Rebecca Ann Reeves
Ms. Devalyn L. Reynolds
Mr. Paul Rhodes
Ms. Trenna Richardson
Ms. Mary Ann Ricks
Mr. Steven Robey
Ms. Wynette Ross
Ms. Amber Samoussev
Mr. Mike Samples
Ms. Sandra Samples
Dr. Brigham Scallion
Ms. Denise J. Schoen
Ms. Diane Seat
Mr. Nathan Segars
Ms. Gina Seratt
Ms. Nicole Shanklin
Ms. Patty Sharp
Ms. Luciana Shaw
Ms. Joanna Simonton
Ms. Darla Smith
Mr. Rex Smith
Mr. Sammy Smith
Mr. Bobby L. Solmon
Ms. Brenda Springfield
Mr. Larry Stafford
Ms. Elena Stanley
Mr. Gary Steelman
Ms. Andrea Stephenson
Ms. Deana Stevens
Ms. Connie Stewart
Mr. Paul Stewart
Ms. Judy Stover
Mr. Paul Stringham
Mr. Bryan Sykes
Mr. Allen Taylor
Mr. Charles Taylor
Ms. Jamie Taylor
Mr. John Thomas
Mr. Stephen Thomas
Ms. Kelly Tivey
Ms. Catherine Vandyke
Ms. Judy Vestal
Ms. Patricia Walker
Ms. Therese Warmath
Ms. Jacklyn Watson
Ms. Carrie Webb
Dr. Franklin Wells
Dr. Charlene White
Mr. George White
Mr. Robert White
Mr. Michael Whitson
Ms. Doris Willett
Ms. Cindy Williams
Ms. Deanne Williams
Ms. Khristy Williams
Ms. Jacqueline Williams
Ms. Rebecca Williams
Ms. Tacara Williamson
Ms. Becky Willis
Ms. Lana Wood
Ms. Connie Wright
Mr. Van Wylie
In addition to the preceding scholarships, many employees, businesses and community groups award scholarships directly to students whom they select. High school seniors should contact their guidance counseling offices for information.