This fall, thousands of Tennessee college freshmen entered the classroom with the help of state scholarship money. The program, called Tennessee Promise, is designed to boost college graduation rates. WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth reports one of its main tools is money to combat spiraling tuition costs.
It’s the first week of classes at Pellissippi State Community College, in west Knox County. 1,752 of the college’s 2,550 registered freshmen wouldn’t be here without Tennessee Promise. One of them is Gabbie Abbatmarco.