General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS) (Application)

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students graduating from a Tennessee public school or category 1, 2, 3 private school must have a minimum 3.75 weighted* GPA AND 29 ACT (1280 SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
  • Students graduating from Homeschool programs (and non-category I, II, & III Schools), in addition to meeting the HOPE scholarship requirements, and during the course of a homeschool program, must be enrolled in at least four (4) college-level courses totaling at least twelve (12) semester hours and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Such courses shall meet or be equivalent to courses meeting the minimum degree requirements of the TN Board of Regents, other than the minimum degree requirements pertaining to physical education. The student must achieve a 29 Composite score or above, on a national test date for the ACT test or a 1280 (math plus critical reading scores only) or above, on a national test date or state test date for the SAT test for GAMS consideration.

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship prior to fall 2009

Award amount – Up to $1,000 supplement to Tennessee HOPE Scholarship.  The award is divided equally between fall and spring semester.  Awards to part-time students are prorated.

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in fall 2009 and thereafter

Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship.  The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters.  Awards to part-time students are prorated.

*Weighted grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.