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Congratulations! You are a High School Senior and headed for your next BIG step. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga is proud to have a scholarship program to help you in that next step.


In 1983, thanks to generous donors and the Board of Directors, a scholarship program was established to encourage and support the educational aspirations of Little Brothers and Little Sisters working to achieve their full potential through education.


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Scholarship Program awards financial aid to qualified "Littles" who demonstrate financial need and the desire to continue their education. For the scholarship funds to serve the greatest number of "Littles," all applicants are expected to apply for any scholarships or grants for which they may be eligible.


  • Applicants must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) and submit a copy of SAR (Student Aid Report) to the BBBS Scholarship Committee. 
  • Applicant must have obtained (or will finish this Spring) a high school diploma with a GPA of 2.5 or have obtained their GED. Exceptions to this GPA may be made for technical education.  
  • Applicant must have applied and been accepted to a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university program, accredited technical college or trade school.
  • Applicant must enroll in 12 semester hours and continue to maintain 12 semester hours for scholarship renewal.
  • Applicant must be a current or past Little Brother or Little Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga for a minimum period of 24 months.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a College Preparation Night at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office on February 26th at 6:00 pm. RSVP to 


  • If selected as a recipient, the applicant will receive:
    • A maximum of $1500/semester for 4-year colleges/institutions
    • A maximum of $900/semester for 2-year colleges/institutions
  • All tuition payments are paid directly to the education institution after proper billing showing tuition balance due and other awards credited.
  • Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need to the extent of funding available 
  • Recipients must attend an orientation during the Summer of 2024.


  • Applicant must continue to maintain 12 semester hours for scholarship renewal.
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.
  • Scholarships are awarded for Fall and Spring semesters only.
  • Recipients must submit grade reports at the end of each semester. Grades are due no later than June 1 for Fall Scholarship Renewal and December 31 for Spring Semester Renewal.
  • Recipients are expected to make satisfactory progress toward degree/completion. Scholarships will be rescinded if recipient withdraws for more than one semester.
  • If funding for scholarships is no longer available, recipients will be notified by July 1 or December 1 for the following semester.
  • Applicants must keep up to date contact information with BBBSGC and stay in communication with the BBBSGC Scholarship Liaison.


Applicants will be notified by May 1st. Applicants will be required to attend a Scholarship Awards Reception in May or June.


Please have the following documents ready to attach at the end of the form:

Completed Scholarship Application Including Essay

High School Transcript or GED Certificate

SAT/ACT Scores

Acceptance Letter from College/University/Vocational School

Copy of Financial Aid Award (FAFSA)/Student Aid Report

2 Letters of Recommendation (If you are still in touch with your Big or in an active match one must be from your Big)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Liane Cooper at

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(Acceptance Letter must be Included in Application)

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Please write or type an essay answering the following questions and upload below.

1-     How has being involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted your decision to further your education?

2-    How was your life impacted by having a Big Brother/Big Sister?

3-    What are you planning to do after attending College/Vocational school?

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