Homeless Student Scholarship

Stephanie Davis


In 2014, Stephanie Davis, a student at Pellissippi State with a major in Business Administration approached the Pellissippi State Foundation. She indicated that she loved to travel around the world and serve the community. She had written an argument essay in her English 1010 class in the spring of 2014. The topic she chose was homeless students. During the research, she found that it was a problem at Pellissippi State. She came up with the idea to create a scholarship for homeless students. Her goal was to roll the scholarship out the next fall. The scholarship is a great opportunity to help students at Pellissippi State providing homeless students assistance to help them finish their educations and have a successful future.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (Temple University) recently released its 2019 #Real College Survey Results focusing on students’ basic needs. Pellissippi State students participated in this nationwide survey during the Fall of 2019.  We had an estimated response rate of 8.9% (909 students).

National results can be found here: https://hope4college.com/

Pellissippi State Students participated in this nationwide survey during the Fall of 2019.  We had an estimated response rate of 8.9% (909 students).

Overall Basic Needs Insecurity Rates:

  • 37% of respondents experienced food insecurity in the prior 30 days
  • 45% of respondents experienced housing insecurity in the previous year
  • 15% of respondents experienced homelessness in the previous year
  • 56% of the students who completed this survey experienced at least one of these forms of basic needs insecurity in the past year  

These numbers are staggering in light of the Pellissippi State student population of 10,000 students!

Housing insecurity means a student is at risk of eviction, is behind on utilities payments, or is actually homeless. Homelessness can take many forms from students living in a shelter, to students “couch surfing” (staying with friends) to students living in their car if they have one. The reasons for homelessness vary from loss of job, dissolution of marriage or relationship, aging out of the foster care system, family estrangement, the lack of affordable housing and many other reasons.

 The requirements for the Homeless Student Scholarship are that students must have a 2.0 GPA and have homeless status verification from an agency or verification through investigation from a Pellissippi State faculty or staff member.0


Thus far, 16 students have received assistance through this scholarship.

Homeless Student Scholarship