Governor Bill Haslam is encouraging high school seniors to apply for Tennessee Promise.
The deadline for the scholarship program, which provides scholarship to attend two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, is November 2. After completing the application, students are required to file a FAFSA, attend two mandatory meetings and complete eight hours of community service.
More than 15,000 students received Tennessee Promise during the program’s first year in 2014-2015 according to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). Community colleges also saw a 14 percent increase in students enrolling full time in fall of 2015.
“My message to high school seniors is: this is your Tennessee Promise. This is an opportunity for you to fulfill your potential, and you have an opportunity to change the future for yourself and for our state,” Haslam said.
Mentors needed for Tennessee Promise
Haslam is also working on getting adults to sign up to be mentors for Tennessee Promise. Almost 7,400 mentors went through training in 2014 according to organizers with tnAchieves.
“We know that access to college is important, but even more important is success. Not only do we need to get those students into school, they need to finish. That’s why the mentor piece of the Tennessee Promise is so important,” Haslam said. “The process of applying and attending college can seem daunting, especially for first generation college students, and having a caring adult to help guide you can make a big difference.”
For more information on student and mentor applications visit tnpromise.gov.
November 2, 2015 – Apply for Tennessee Promise program
February 15, 2015 – File a FAFSA report
February 15, 2015 – Attend mandatory meeting
April 15, 2016 – Attend second mandatory meeting
August 1, 2016 – Complete FAFSA verification, if required by institution
August 1, 2016 – Complete first 8 hours of community service