Sullivan County

Bill to put more Tennessee students in college goes to governor

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - A bill to put more students in Tennessee colleges is now on the desk of Governor Bill Haslam.

The Tennessee House approved Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" on Tuesday. That legislation is a plan to cover tuition at two-year colleges for any Tennessee high school graudate.

That measure came one day after the Senate's approval of the bill. The legislation is slated to be funded by excess lottery funds and a $47 million endowment.

Janice Gilliam, President of Northeast State Community College, said the college is already looking into additional resources for future students. "We're planning to add additional support at the high school level to help these students move through the process. We'll also be looking for quite a few mentors [and] volunteers in the community that will help coach these students through their tenure at Northeast State," Gilliam said.

Gilliam tells us the only requirement to receive the funds is being a high school graduate. We're told this scholarship will affect students beginning in the fall of 2015.

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