TOP PHOTO: (Left to right) Sen. Ken Yager, Gov. Bill Lee and Aaron Jones, director of Middle College at Roane State Community College, at the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 2081 on July 7 in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Capitol Building.

NASHVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) recently joined Gov. Bill Lee at the Capitol for a ceremonial signing of legislation sponsored by Yager to increase Tennessee’s Middle College Scholarship award. Beginning this fall, full-time students participating in the program will receive $2,000 per semester, up from $1,250 last school year.

The Middle College program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to attend college while in high school. These students will graduate high school with an Associate’s Degree from their local community college.

“The Middle College program is a remarkable opportunity for Tennessee students,” said Yager. “It gives our bright and academically strong students a leg up on their education. I am very pleased we were able to increase the scholarship award and lessen the financial burden of tuition so that all our over-achieving students can participate in the program.”

Roughly half of Tennessee’s community colleges participate in the successful program and about 403 students currently receive the scholarship.

“I greatly appreciate the work of House sponsor Dennis Powers and administrators from Roane State Community Colleges and others for their work to secure this scholarship increase,” said Yager. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/18/2022-6AM)