MEMPHIS, Tenn. — About 3,200 students in Tennessee have enrolled in the “Tennessee Promise” program to receive two free years of community or technical college.
It’s a part of the governor’s push for 55 percent of Tennesseans to have some type of degree by 2025, and begins with the Class of 2015.
Currently, the state reports that that number is closer to 30 percent.
Just more than 330 Shelby County seniors have enrolled in the program so far.
Southwest Tennessee Community College administrators hope that number increases before the November 1 deadline.
“My hope is we get that application pool over 8,000,” said Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Dr. Dwayne Scott.
Scott explained that the number of students that graduate is typically lower than the number that enrolls.
He said this type of program has the potential to fight poverty in cities like Memphis by making people better equipped for jobs.
The government has a $350 million endowment available for the program’s first year.
Most of that comes from excess lottery funds. Those dollars will cover the remaining costs that scholarships do not.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete community service and meetings with volunteer mentors.
The program is continuing to welcome student applicants and volunteer mentors as well. Learn more.