Gresham announces Henderson County Grants

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), May 16, 2013  —  Scotts Hill High School in Henderson County has won a grant totaling approximately $40,000 according to Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham.  The funds will be used to implement their proposed onsite, transition, and pre-dual and dual enrollment programs. 

The grant comes from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network who awarded a total of $412,426 to six Tennessee schools, two higher education institutions and four nonprofits through the organization’s third annual grant competition.  The Southwest Tennessee Development District will also receive $40,000 to create 11 college access centers in high schools within the district.

“These grants promote our mission of graduating more Tennessee students from post-secondary schools,” said Chairman Gresham.  “I congratulate Scotts Hill High School and the Southwest Tennessee Development District and know that these funds will be put to good use as we pursue that goal.” 
 
 “This was our most competitive competition to date and the decisions were extremely difficult,” said Bob Obrohta, the Network’s executive director. “The awarded programs reflect the need to serve a broad spectrum of underserved populations, all types of communities, and a variety of strategies as we strive to reach Governor Haslam’s goal of 55 percent of the population having a degree or certification by 2025. There is no one silver bullet.”

“Tennessee must continue to create and expand partnerships and initiatives that make degrees accessible, affordable, and valuable,” said Richard Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

Other schools receiving the grants are:  Bradley County Schools, Clarksville Montgomery County Schools, Lead Academy (Nashville), Meigs County High School, Milan Special School District, Pellissippi State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College.  Organizations receiving the funds include the Martha O’Bryan Center’s and Oasis Center’s Southern Word.

The Network received 79 grant applications in its 2013 competition. The winning 12 projects will serve 27,000 students.

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