Tennessee Promise community service deadline approaching

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – Students across the state spend part of their summer performing the eight hours of community service required each semester for their Tennessee Promise college scholarships.

That includes the hundreds who did volunteer work at Tennessee State Parks last weekend.

Students must register their community service by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1 to remain eligible for Tennessee Promise assistance for the upcoming fall semester.

It marks one of the last requirements on a student’s Tennessee Promise checklist before starting classes.

Students can submit their community service online on the Tennessee Promise website.

Tennessee Promise provides two years free of tuition and most fees at community colleges and Tennessee colleges of applied technology.

Or the equivalent funding at four-year universities and participating private institutions offering associate degrees.

Tennessee State Parks hosted “Tennessee Promise Service Saturday” July 23 to give students a chance to complete their service requirement by working on park improvements and helping rangers with other activities.

Students who need help finding service opportunities can find a list of events and organizations in need of volunteers.

Qualifying service is time contributed to a non-profit or public service organization.

Work must be supervised by an employee of the organization or its volunteer coordinator.

The August 1 deadline applies to both the high school Class of 2016 entering college in August and September, as well as Class of 2015 students returning for their second year.

The application process for Tennessee Promise begins in the fall of a student’s senior year in high school.

The deadline to apply for 2017 high school graduates is November 1, 2016.

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