Tennessee’s Community Colleges are opening their doors this Saturday, Sept. 26, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.
The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, the state program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.
During Scholarship Saturday, students may visit their local community colleges to get help and use the colleges’ computers to register online. Specific event times vary by campus, so students are encouraged to check their local college. A summary of events also is listed at tncommunitycolleges.org/about/scholarship-Saturday. Some colleges may also waive application fees for students who complete their college application at the event. In addition, many locations plan to provide free refreshments. The state’s 27 colleges of applied technology are also hosting Scholarship Saturday events.
“Tennessee Promise has opened the door of opportunity to many students who may not have thought college was an option for them,” said Warren Nichols, vice chancellor community colleges for the Tennessee Board of Regents. “We’re delighted that all of our colleges are helping students register and get a jumpstart on planning their futures.”
Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would participate and complete their application. “Tennessee Promise has changed the conversation about going to college in our state, and I hope we can encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “Scholarship Saturday provides a chance for students to sign up for the Promise and make a connection with their local college.”
In its first year, Tennessee Promise had more than 58,000 high school seniors initially register for the program. Participants were required to attend two meetings, complete FAFSA applications and perform at least eight hours of community service. To keep their scholarship, students must be enrolled full-time, maintain a 2.0 average and perform additional community service.
While all 13 community colleges are participating in Scholarship Saturdays, several are offering additional registration events throughout October. Interested students should check with their local colleges for dates and times.