Do you have a high school senior who will need financial assistance to attend college next year? Tennessee Promise, a new scholarship and mentoring program, is launching this fall. In addition to high school seniors, home schoolers and teens who have earned a GED can apply for the scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.
The program provides college-bound students with a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not funded by the Pell Grant, HOPE scholarship, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, or Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). This is used to attend any of Tennessee's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology.
In addition to offering financial assistance, students who participate in the program receive mentoring from a volunteer who will help guide them through the college admissions process. Students are also required to perform eight hours of community service.
To be eligible for Tennessee Promise, your teen must graduate from an eligible Tennessee high school, complete a Tennessee home school program, or prior to reaching age 19, obtain a GED or HiSET diploma.
Application for the scholarship starts August 17 and continues through November 2, 2015. Have your teen talk to their school guidance counselor to learn more.