Blount County Students Need to Apply for TN Promise
Blount County’s TN Promise applications are down about 30% as of Oct. 19, according to TN Achieves. With the Nov. 2 deadline approaching for the Class of 2021, the Blount Partnership is encouraging students to apply now.
“High school seniors who do not apply for TN Promise by the deadline on Nov. 2 will not be eligible to receive Tennessee Promise dollars at any point in the future,” Director of Partnership Programs Jessica Belitz said Thursday. “This is an urgent message to students and their parents to make sure they get these applications in on time.”
Tennessee Promise provides last-dollar scholarships to guarantee high school graduates up to five consecutive semesters of free tuition at the state’s community colleges, colleges of applied technology and other institutions.
“I realize that this year’s pandemic has presented many challenges for our students and our educators, but we don’t want to see students miss out on this financial support, which could cause them even more stress in the future,” Belitz said.
The ability for high schoolers to continue on to a post-secondary institution and get credentials will not only help the students, but it is also important for our industries and our entire community. “We need these students to continue on where they can gain the skills necessary to take advantage of the lucrative careers that are offered in Blount County,” Belitz said. “Many of our jobs require some type of education and training beyond high school.”
Current high school seniors must apply for TN Promise by Nov. 2 at https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise.