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Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney Rising Stars Scholarship

At Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney, we understand the difficulties that many students face as they pursue a college education. As young people leave their parents’ homes, adjust to new situations, become involved in activities on college campuses, earn income through part-time employment, and attend classes, they may struggle to keep their grades up.

The efforts of those who have encountered and overcome these types of challenges should be recognized. Through our Rising Stars Scholarship, we seek to do just that.

Our scholarship program provides financial assistance to students who have been able to significantly improve their grade point averages since beginning their college education. Each semester, we award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who can demonstrate that their GPA has increased by at least one point from semester to semester or year to year. By supporting students who have overcome academic and personal struggles, we aim to help them ensure that they can achieve their educational goals.

Winners of the Rising Stars Scholarship can use the award to pay tuition or address other costs related to their college education, including housing, books, or supplies. The deadline to apply for the spring 2024 scholarship is March 11, 2024. To apply for the scholarship, please see the instructions below and fill out the application form on this page. If you have any questions, please contact us ereh.

Eligibility for the Rising Stars Scholarship

Students can apply for our scholarship if they:

  • Have been attending an undergraduate program for at least one year
  • Have improved their GPA by at least one point at any time while attending college
  • Are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Are at least 17 years old

Submitting Your Scholarship Application

To apply for the Rising Stars Scholarship, you must submit an essay of less than 1,000 words on the following topic:


What steps did you take to increase your grade point average? Describe the challenges you faced and the efforts you made to improve your academic performance. What lessons did you learn during this time, and how do you expect to use the skills you have gained in your future career?

Your application must also include a copy of your academic transcript demonstrating that your GPA has increased.

What We Will Consider When Selecting a Scholarship Winner

Our scholarship team will review each application closely to make sure students meet the eligibility requirements. When evaluating essays, we will look at:

The quality of the student’s writing

The quality of the student’s writing

The essay’s clarity and organization

The essay’s clarity and organization

How well a student is able to explain the lessons they have learned

How well a student is able to explain the lessons they have learned

Our goal is to select a winner within 30 days after the application deadline. The name, photo, and essay of the scholarship winner will be published on our website.

Contact Us With Questions About
the Rising Stars Scholarship

If you need more information about our scholarship program, or if you have any questions about the application, the eligibility requirements, or the information that must be provided, please send us an email ereh.

Our scholarship team is available to respond to questions on weekdays during business hours. To ensure that your application can be submitted in time, please reach out to us with any questions as early as possible. We look forward to hearing from you, reading your essays, and selecting a scholarship winner!

Scholarship Application

The Rising Stars Scholarship is managed through the OVC Scholarship Network.

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