(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 3, 2014 — State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) today encouraged local high school seniors to apply for Tennessee Promise, the state’s new scholarship program, by the November 1 deadline. She also urged area citizens to consider becoming a mentor with one of Tennessee Promise’s partnering organizations.
“This is a huge opportunity for our students,” said Senator Bowling. “I want to make sure that every student in our area knows about the deadline and that every potential mentor has information about how they sign up to help these students succeed.”
The Tennessee Promise is a last dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from the Pell, HOPE or TSAA. It provides for two years of tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in the state. Bowling said students can then use the state’s transfer pathways program if they choose to attend a four-year school, making it possible to start as a junior. Students can learn more about the scholarship and apply online at www.TNPromise.gov
As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization and provided a mentor who will support them during the college application process. It is estimated that at least 5,000 volunteer mentors are needed to work with scholarship applicants. Mentors, who must be 21 years of age or older, must be willing to invest 10 to 15 hours annually assisting 5 to 10 high school seniors by playing an active role to help make sure that students succeed. Prospective mentors can find more information about the program and apply online at http://www.tnpromise.gov/volunteers.shtml. The application deadline for mentors is also November 1.
“Tennessee is on the leading edge of workplace development with this ground-breaking scholarship program,” added Senator Bowling. “Besides the personal benefits of receiving a college education, our students will be workforce ready, which in turn, helps us recruit new and better paying jobs to our state. If we all pull together and make this scholarship program a success, there is no end to what the future holds for Tennessee!”