CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - With a Nov. 1 deadline approaching, nearly two-thirds of Tennessee's high school seniors have applied for a new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the costs of a two-year college degree.

Among them is 17-year-old Christian Woodfin, a senior at Red Bank High School. He told The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) that without the Tennessee Promise program, it would have been difficult for him to attend college.

He plans to use the program to get a two-year degree in fire science and engineering so he can be a firefighter.

Gov. Bill Haslam has visited high schools around the state to promote Tennessee Promise. He hopes the program will help boost the number of Tennesseans with two- or four-year degrees to 55 percent, up from 33 percent now.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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