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3 in 4 local students may lose free ride to college without required community service

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Three out of four Tennessee high school graduates are on track to lose their chance at free college because they haven't yet completed their required community service hours.

Tennessee Promise provides state high school graduates the chance to attend a community or technical college for free. But first they must do eight hours of community service this summer.

Channel 3 found that of the nearly 32,000 students eligible state-wide, the majority have not yet submitted those service hours.

Locally, only 22% of Hamilton County students in the program have completed their hours.

The numbers are similar across the viewing area, with 23% in Bradley County and 26% in Marion County. Sequatchie County has the best showing with 37% of students submitting their hours, according to tnAchieves.

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Dale Grisso at Chattanooga State said its possible many students have completed the hours but not yet submitted the paperwork to tnAchieves.

"But 1 in 4, we don't want people to lose their scholarships so we're trying to provide an opportunity where more can get that done pretty quick cause that's coming up on us August first," said Chattanooga State Recruiting Specialist Dale Grisso. "You have an opportunity to give back to the community while the community gives to you."

Colleges like Chattanooga State are stepping up to help their future students meet that August 1 deadline.

Students can complete all eight hours of service during a "campus clean" Saturday June 11 at Chattanooga State from 8:30-4:30. You must register online by July 9. There's also a fair Saturday from 10am-1pm where students can meet with organizations with volunteer needs.

There's plenty of other service opportunities across East Tennessee. Click here to view more options.

County

% Complete

% Partial (1-7)

% No Hours

Bledsoe

30.16%

0.00%

69.84%

Bradley

23.73%

3.85%

72.42%

Grundy

30.77%

8.65%

60.58%

Hamilton

22.28%

4.00%

73.72%

Marion

26.92%

4.40%

68.68%

McMinn

19.50%

4.98%

75.52%

Meigs

35.23%

2.27%

62.50%

Polk

22.66%

4.69%

72.66%

Rhea

34.62%

1.10%

64.29%

Sequatchie

36.78%

1.15%

62.07%
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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