College awarded grant to assist 100 local high school students

On March 13, 2008, in News 2008, by Mark Norris

State Gazette March 13, 2008 State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris recently named Dyersburg State Community College officials as the recipient of a $40,000 grant to be used to fund scholarships enhancing the college’s already successful dual enrollment program. In late 2007, the college applied for the funding from a state Community Enhancement Grant. The […]

State Gazette
March 13, 2008

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris recently named Dyersburg State Community College officials as the recipient of a $40,000 grant to be used to fund scholarships enhancing the college’s already successful dual enrollment program.

In late 2007, the college applied for the funding from a state Community Enhancement Grant. The grant will be awarded to 100 students living in Dyer, Tipton and Lauderdale counties who are currently enrolled in the program.

The Tennessee Department of State oversees the Community Enhancement Grants, designated for nonprofit organizations or government agencies with programs for public safety, education, community development or cultural activities.

Dual enrollment is a special enrollment status that allows high school students who meet certain academic standards to take college courses. Students who successfully complete the course work receive college credit. Through dual enrollment, high school students can complete core college curriculum requirements before their high school graduation.

The new grant will complement existing dual enrollment scholarship opportunities and target students in economically-disadvantaged areas. Currently, every junior and senior high school student in the state is eligible for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant through the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship fund, as long as the student currently maintains a certain grade point average.

This grant does not replace the lottery grants, but provides additional funds for students wishing to take more than one dual enrollment course per semester. It also helps students to cover the cost of additional credits and fees that exceed the $300 maximum lottery scholarship.

DSCC offers dual enrollment classes in a variety of subjects in area high schools at the Dyersburg campus and at its centers in Covington and Trenton. DSCC courses transfer to other accredited higher education institutions.

Those interested in more information about dual enrollment or DSCC, call the DSCC Office of Admissions and Records at 286-3330 or e-mail questions to [email protected]