AT&T grant provides non-traditional scholarships, supports TN Reconnect

Oct 3rd, 2016

AT&T representative Kathy Sager made an official presentation of $5,000 to Jackson State on Thursday, September 29. The AT&T Aspire Grant awarded $5,000 to each of the state's 13 community colleges.

The adult scholarship program offered by AT&T will complement the Reconnect + Completion Grant program by providing five scholarships for each community college to aid underserved non-traditional students in high-skill, technology advanced fields such as advanced manufacturing, computer science/technology, allied health and other career preparation programs utilizing advanced technology. Underserved students are defined as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income and underrepresented genders in programs of study leading to non-traditional occupations as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Those present for the presentation included interim president Horace Chase, VP of student services Brian Gann, VP of academic affairs Dr. Larry Bailey, state representative Johnny Shaw, and Madison County mayor Jimmy Harris. Students present who are recipients of the grant included Kathy Daniel, radiography major; Talia Alley, physical therapist assistant major; and Leigh Hazlett, network administration major.

"Jackson State is excited to partner with AT&T to offer adult students this opportunity to continue their education," stated Brian Gann, Vice President of Student Services. "The AT&T program, and other programs offered at Jackson State, make earning a college certificate or degree possible for even more adults in our communities."

For more information on this scholarship or other scholarships available to students at Jackson State, call (731) 425-2601.

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