A scholarship program funded by The Allan Jones Foundation ends its eligibility period on Friday, Oct. 12.
The Jones scholarship made it possible for 175 local students to attend Cleveland State cost-free this year and the Foundation hopes even more students will benefit in 2013.
Jones, the CEO and founder of Check Into Cash Inc., joined with the nonprofit tnAchieves organization to launch its scholarship and mentoring program in Bradley Central High School, Cleveland High School and Walker Valley High School.
The partnership created the bradleyAchieves program.
“We were successful in giving every local high school senior a chance to attend college for free this year,” Jones said. “As the deadline for next year grows closer, we are hoping parents and teachers will encourage students from our three high schools to apply.”
BradleyAchieves applications are available to the graduating Class of 2013 now at www.tnachieves.org until Friday. Students can also visit their guidance office for more details. While all students are eligible for bradleyAchieves, the program focuses primarily on students who are the first in their families to go to college. Students who benefit are required to keep a minimum 2.0 GPA and perform eight hours of community service.
Gov. Bill Haslam endorsed bradleyAchieves in 2011 and said, “I am proud of this program and appreciate Allan’s support to make it a reality in Southeast Tennessee. My goal is for Tennessee to be the No. 1 location in the Southeast for job growth, and having an educated workforce is a key element to our success.”
For more information on bradleyAchieves and the Oct. 12 deadline, contact Michael Stokes, vice president of Student Services at Cleveland State at 423-478-6211 or visit www.tnachieves.org.