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Financial Assistance and Scholarships

The department has a limited number of scholarships and modest levels of assistance grants to provide to students in its programs. In addition, the program has three graduate research assistantships generally reserved for full-time doctoral students for two to three years, which carry a tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and health insurance.

If you are interested in applying for one of these graduate research assistantship, or a scholarship, or are in need of modest financial assistance, contact the department head, Norma T. Mertz, at 865-974-6150 or nmertz@utk.edu.


William J. & Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Tennessee Secondary School Leadership

The Field Award, which is administered by the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, recognizes a Tennessee secondary school principal whose life and work are characterized by leadership excellence.

Graff Scholars

The Orin Graff Scholarship is a substantial monetary award that is available to students pursuing the doctoral degree in educational administration. Recipients must be in full-time residency at the University of Tennessee while they pursue the terminal degree. Criteria for this award include evidence of the following qualities: (1) excellence in scholarship, (2) sensitivity to current social problems, and (3) a high degree of leadership potential. This award can be granted for up to two years.

Application for the Leadership Studies in Education Orin Graff Scholars Award

The Erma Graff Scholarship is also a monetary award that is available to students pursuing the doctoral degree in educational administration. Recipients must be in full-time residency at the University of Tennessee while they pursue the terminal degree. Criteria for this award include evidence of the following qualities: (1) excellence in scholarship, (2) sensitivity to current social problems, and (3) a high degree of leadership potential. This award can be granted for up to two years.

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