Tennessee Promise Is Beginning To Help Local Students

Angie Lazo... Photo provided by Motlow College

Angie Lazo… Photo provided by Motlow College

The Tennessee Promise program provides more than just free two-year tuition to students in Tennessee. For Manchester freshman Angie Lazo, the program is providing opportunities to be an active member of the Motlow College community.
Tennessee Promise has already impacted Lazo’s college experience after her graduation from Coffee County Central High School earlier this year. While in high school, Lazo performed in plays, participated in choir and the art club, and was even on the wrestling team. With no school-related financial obligations, she can pursue these same passions while attending college classes.
“I’m actually going to play the stepmother in the theatre department’s performance of The Glass Slipper,” said Lazo. “I’m excited to continue performing in plays while I’m here and excited for the other opportunities to be involved. I plan to participate in the student government association and the art club. I also would like to organize a wrestling club.”
With full-time enrollment up almost 20 percent from 2014 due to Tennessee Promise, Lazo will be able to meet several new people with their own interesting stories to tell.
Tennessee Promise attracts active and motivated students like Lazo to community college campuses. Additionally, each Tennessee Promise scholar must give back through community service in order to earn the scholarship.
The program is allowing students in Tennessee to receive a quality education while avoiding financial burden, and Motlow is ideal for those students like Lazo who want more than just an affordable education.
Angie is a member of the 2015 Tennessee Promise class, the first in our nation and state’s history. The second class is current high school seniors across Tennessee and they begin their process to apply for the Promise by filling out the application by Nov. 2. Motlow College is providing help with that first step.

Motlow’s Smyrna Center will open up its computer labs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 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. Students and parents should RSVP by calling Jonathan Graham, Motlow Tennessee Promise coordinator, at 615-220-7839.