Eligibility

  • Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining.
  • Any boy who has previously attended a Boys' State is not eligible to attend a second session.
  • Outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and community should be considered.
  • An interest in the governmental process.
  • Above average scholastic standing.
  • The prospective delegate and their parents must be residents of the state of Tennessee.
  • Selection of those to attend Boys' State is based on the following:
    • A recommended list of candidates to interview is made by the high school at which the eligible boys are enrolled.
    • Posts will interview those recommended and make their selections based on the interview and other criteria such as a resume or written assignment.
    • Those not selected as primary delegates become alternates in case a primary delegate cannot attend.