Apply now for the Ed Access & Diversity Scholarship

Apply online now through June 1 for the Northeast State Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship which provides financial assistance to Tennessee residents.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria for underrepresented populations to qualify for Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship consideration:

  • Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin, Black or African-American, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander origin as documented by the Northeast State Office of Admissions and Records
  • Classified as a United States Military Veteran. Proof of veteran status must be submitted to the Office of Scholarship Programs by June 1 in order to qualify under military veteran criterion.
  • Be registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities at Northeast State.

Scholarship awards are based on the current cost of 12 credit hours of tuition. Students meeting the criteria will be evaluated based on academic performance, enrollment status, and unmet need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Submit your Ed Access & Diversity Scholarship application by June 1.

Applicants must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA application and any subsequent financial aid documents by June 1, 2018. Applicants cannot have earned an associate degree or higher by the start of the 2018 fall semester.

The program receives funding on an annual basis.  Awards are renewed on a semester-by-semester basis pending performance reviews. Limited funding is available and no awards are guaranteed. Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship recipients must enroll in and complete at least twelve (12) credit hours each semester. Recipients must also maintain a minimum overall combined 2.75 grade point average including Learning Support coursework.

For more information contact the Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs at or 423.354.5235.

Summer classes begin May 31 at Northeast State

Whether you only need one course to graduate or a few core courses to transfer, summer school sessions at Northeast State provide great opportunities to earn credit hours.

Summer classes can help put you on the fast track to graduation.

Summer registration is open now with a variety of courses available including Biology, Chemistry, Composition I and II, General Psychology, and Spanish among others. First-term and full-term summer classes begin May 31.  Fees are due May 24 or payable the day of registration thereafter.

­Northeast State’s summer schedule includes online courses and traditional courses at the Blountville, Elizabethton, Kingsport, and Johnson City campuses. Online classes follow a traditional schedule or may meet only at selected times throughout the summer session.

The complete summer schedule can be viewed at For additional information contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.836.7822 or

NE State’s Dog Days of Summer pet adoption event set for June 9

NE State’s Dog Days of Summer pet adoption event set for June 9

Meet your next best friend when Northeast State hosts the Dog Days of Summer pet adoption event on Saturday,  June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Hosted by the College’s Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs, this free, open-to-the-public event provides the opportunity to adopt dogs and cats from area adoption agencies. Adoption fees are determined by the participating partners.

Veterinarians will also be on hand to provide vaccinations and microchipping for pets and offer tips on how to choose and care for animals. Vaccination fees will be $15 for distemper and $10 for rabies while microchipping will be $15.

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Dogs Days of Summer offers a selection of animals up for adoption as well as vaccinations and microchipping to help keep animals safe and healthy.

“Our goal is to provide pets in our area with a loving home,” said Joshua Johnson, Coordinator of County and State Scholarships at the College. “Also, owners can ensure their pets are kept safe and healthy with low-cost vaccinations and microchipping.”

Leashed dogs and cats are welcome to attend, Johnson said. Free pet photos and giveaways will be available as well.

Event partners include Airport Pet Emergency Clinic, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Humane Society of Washington County, Petworks Regional Animal Services, Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, and The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue.

For more information, call 423.354.5235 or email


Elizabeth Van Hoy receives music scholarship to Milligan

Elizabeth Van Hoy wanted a break from music. A piano player since age 11, she had decided to refocus on other things when she enrolled at Northeast State.

“I’d started taking lessons when I was 11, and I was done,” said Van Hoy who graduated from Northeast State this spring. “When I was little, I would play the piano and make up my own songs.”

Elizabeth Van Hoy

Northeast State Music Prof. Tawana Teague told Van Hoy about the College’s Talent Show competition held during the Because of You fundraising campaign in the fall. The temptation was too much. She resumed playing piano and singing with the Northeast State Singers during her first semester.

Van Hoy entered her first Northeast State Talent Show competition in 2016 and earned honorable mention notice. She competed again and won first place in the 2017 competition. She also earned the Performing Arts Annual Scholarship for Music from the Northeast State Foundation.

A Tennessee Promise scholarship recipient, Van Hoy received a music scholarship of $11,500 from Milligan College. She enrolled there and will begin as a Music Education major this fall.

“I try to practice an hour every day and 5 to 7 hours a week,” said Van Hoy. “Between work and school it has been hard sometimes.”

Van Hoy graduated cum laude from Northeast State this spring with associate degrees in Sociology and Speech Communication. Her list of accolades is considerable. She earned the Outstanding Music Student program award and Outstanding Singer award of the Northeast State Singers. She was one of 24 semifinalists for the Outstanding Student Award and was named to Who’s Who Among Students at Northeast State. Van Hoy has juggled school, work, and practice during her college years.

“Being here really helped me grow as a person,” she said. “It really helped me come out of my shell and made me a more outgoing and better person.”

While her mom and two aunts played piano for a few years, Van Hoy said she’s the first in her family to push her talent this far. Her younger brother is following his sister’s footsteps albeit with a different instrument.

“My brother is seven, and he just started learning to play guitar,” said Van Hoy. “I tried to teach myself how to play guitar, but I didn’t find it as interesting as the piano.”

Her scholarship application to Milligan involved more than filling out forms. She performed works by Beethoven and Chopin as an audition for the college’s music professors. The audition served as part of the scholarship’s competitive selection process for all applicants. The scholarship also gives Van Hoy the opportunity to perform with the Milligan choir, expanding her opportunities to play piano and sing at the college.

The scholarship rewards years of dedication by Van Hoy. She expects to increase her practice regimen this summer. Developing her musicianship was an important goal as she continued her education. But Van Hoy said music serves a greater purpose by enriching the lives of others.

“I want to be able to better myself as a musician and improve my overall skills,” said Van Hoy. “Music can help you as a person, but you can use it to help other people as well.”