Gov. Bill Haslam in Memphis to sell seniors on Promise scholarship


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Jane Roberts, The Commercial Appeal

Gov. Bill Haslam was at East High Monday, promoting the Tennessee Promise scholarship that will give every high school graduate in the state, starting this spring, a chance to complete two years of college for free.

“If you graduate from high school, we are going to make certain you get two years of community college or technology school absolutely free,” Haslam told more than 150 seniors at East. The applause rocketed through the auditorium.

“And this year’s senior class is the first eligible,” he said.

Haslam is touring the state this week to announce the kickoff the program state legislators approved last winter. By Nov. 1 students who intend to take the state up on the offer have to apply by Nov. 1 and meet a series of deadlines, including filling out financial aid forms and meeting their mentors by late May. Missing any of the deadlines will disqualify them.

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