TOP PHOTO: Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, (right), increases scholarships for Tennessee Middle College Scholarship recipients like Stephanie Garcia, center, who graduated from the program at Roane State Community College in Harriman. The Middle College program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to attend college while still in high school. Tracy Powers, Director of Roane State Community College-Campbell County, is pictured on the left.
NASHVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Tennessee Middle College Scholarship recipients will receive more money during the upcoming school year following the passage of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro.
Beginning this fall, scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 per semester instead of the previous award amount of $1,250.
The Middle College program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to attend college while still in high school. By doing so, students can earn an associate’s degree from their local community college by the time they graduate high school.
“Middle College provides a wonderful opportunity for some of our state’s most dedicated students to advance their education in a meaningful and efficient way,” Powers said. “This increase to the scholarship amount will help reduce the financial burden of tuition that could prevent some students from participating in the program. I was proud to get this important piece of legislation passed in the House, and I appreciate Sen. Ken Yager for his support in the Senate.”
More than 400 high school students currently receive a scholarship to attend Middle College.
For information about educational scholarships that are available in Tennessee, including for Middle College, connect HERE.
Powers represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson counties. He serves as chairman of the Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee and is a member of the Commerce Committee, Insurance Committee and Transportation Committee. He can be reached by email HERE or by calling 615-741-3335. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/02/2022-6AM)