TN Promise Spring Team Meetings Announced

The TN Promise has been a financial blessing to several homeschool families in Tennessee . Many students who may have been unable to attend college, due to the lack of finances, now have the monetary means for continuing their education past high school. The application process for the TN Promise is relatively easy. Hopefully, your graduating high school senior completed the online application by Tuesday, November 1, of this year. If so, that was just the first step in the process.

Although there are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled by the student to remain eligible for the scholarship, everything is mapped out. The steps are easy to follow and the deadlines are extremely important to not miss. There are no exceptions when it comes to the listed dates for required actions to be taken. After the application process, the next step students must complete is to attend the second of two mandatory team meetings, which are held in each county throughout Tennessee. The second team meeting for Private/Homeschool/Alternative students will be held in the months of March and April. All TN Promise applicants must attend the two scheduled mandatory team meetings (the first was in 2016 and the second in 2017) to remain eligible for the scholarship. Unfortunately, if your child misses either meeting, they lose the scholarship opportunity. There are no exceptions (possible accepted excuses). Below is a list of the counties that have team meetings scheduled for March and April. Students must attend the meeting that is held in the county where they live. If you are unable to attend the scheduled meeting or missed the one in your county, contact your tnAchieves counselor immediately.

You may also contact tnAchieves for more information.

Check REDI if you do not see your county listed at tnAchieves.

Anderson
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School

Bedford
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School

Benton
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Camden Central High School

Bledsoe
Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Bledsoe County High School

Blount
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Maryville High School

Bradley
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School

Campbell
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Campbell County High School

Cannon
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Cannon County High School

Carroll
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Carroll County Civic Center

Carter
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Elizabethton High School

Cheatham
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Cheatham County Central High School

Claiborne PASSED
Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Walters State Community College Claiborne County Campus

Clay
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 3 p.m. at Clay County High School

Cocke
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Cocke County High School

Coffee
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Coffee County High School

Cumberland
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Memorial High School

Davidson
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at McGavock High School

DeKalb
Monday March 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at DeKalb County High School

Dickson
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Creek Wood High School

Dyer PASSED
Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Dyersburg High School

Fentress
Wednesday April 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Alvin C. York Institute

Franklin
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Franklin County High School

Giles
Monday March 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Giles County High School

Grainger
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Grainger High School

Greene
Thursday March 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Theatre

Grundy
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Grundy County High School

Hamblen
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Morristown West High School

Hamilton
Monday April 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College, Main Campus in the Gymnasium

Hancock
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Hancock County High School

Hardeman
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Bolivar Central High School

Hawkins
Monday March 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Cherokee High School

Henry
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Henry County High School

Hickman
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Hickman County High School

Houston
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Houston County High School

Humphreys
Monday March 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Waverly Central High School

Jackson
Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Jackson County High School

Jefferson
Monday March 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson County High School

Johnson
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson County High School

Knox
Monday April 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Christian Academy of Knoxville in the M.S. Warrior Gym

Lake PASSED
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Lake County High School

Lauderdale
Tuesday March 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Ripley High School

Lawrence
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Lawrence County High School

Lewis
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Lewis County High School

Lincoln
Monday, April 10. 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln County High School

Loudon
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Lenoir City High School

Macon
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Macon County High School

Madison
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Jackson State Community College – Ayers Auditorium

Marion
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion County High School

Marshall
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Marshall County High School

Maury
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia State Community College – Ledbetter Auditorium

McMinn
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at McMinn County High School

McNairy
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3:30 p.m. at McNairy Central High School

Meigs
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. at Meigs County High School

Monroe
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Sequoyah High School

Montgomery
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Clarksville High School

Moore PASSED
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Moore County High School

Morgan
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Wartburg Central High School

Obion
Thursday March 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Obion County Central High School

Overton
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Livingston Academy

Pickett
Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:30 p.m. at Pickett County High School

Polk
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Polk County High School

Putnam
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Cookeville High School

Rhea
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Rhea County High School – Cafeteria

Roane
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Kingston Community Center

Robertson
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield High School

Rutherford
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Blackman High School

Scott
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Oneida High School

Sequatchie
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Sequatchie County High School

Sevier
Thursday March 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Walters State Community College–Sevier County Campus

Shelby
Tuesday April 11, 2017 OR Thursday April 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College–Macon Campus *Students are assigned one of the two dates by tnAchieves

Smith
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Smith County High School

Stewart PASSED
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Stewart County High School

Sullivan
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (EST) at Northeast State Community College–Blountville Campus,
Wellmont Performing Arts Theatre

Sumner
Monday April 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Vol State Community College, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room

Trousdale
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Trousdale County High School

Union
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (EST) at Union County High School

Van Buren
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. at Van Buren County High School

Warren
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Warren County High School

Washington
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (EST) at Science Hill High School

Wayne
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Collinwood High School

Weakley
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Dresden High School

White
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at White County High School

Williamson
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Franklin High School

Wilson
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School


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Summer Program May Be the Bridge to College Success

Success is one of the goals for students using the Tennessee Promise scholarship. The scholarship has allowed thousands of students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend college, due to the lack of financial resources, to go. With the guarantee of funds once all of the scholarship requirements are fulfilled, the Summer Bridge Program is offered to ensure students using the scholarship are successful as they begin their college journey.

The Summer Bridge Program is a free, three-week program created to assist incoming students in being college-ready once they begin school in the fall. The program was designed for all students, but is specifically geared towards those who are entering college with ACT scores below 19 in math and reading and 18 in English. Students are accepted into the program on a first come, first serve basis, so applying early is advised.

The program is offered on campuses throughout Tennessee, making the program conveniently accessible to students across the state. Each day during the program, students will receive instruction in math, reading and writing and attend a lunch and learn session with a focus on college success. If desired, students will have an opportunity on the last day of the program to test out of remedial courses at the college they plan to attend.

The Summer Bridge Program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 15 campuses. Lunch will be provided during the lunch and learn sessions. The Summer Bridge Program application closes one month prior to the start of the program date.

June 5-23
Chattanooga State Community College, Amnicola Hwy Main Campus
4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, 37406 – (423) 697-3100

Columbia State Community College, Columbia Main Campus
1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, 38401 – (931) 540-2722

Nashville State Community College, Main Campus off of White Bridge
120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, 37209 – (615) 353-3333

Southwest Community College, Macon Campus
5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, 38134 – (901) 333-5000

TCAT Knoxville (Nursing Only)
1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, 37919 – (865) 546-5567

Volunteer State, Cookeville Campus
1000 Neal Street, Cookeville, 38501

Walters State Community College, Sevier County Campus
1720 Old Newport Hwy, Sevierville, 37876 – (865) 774-5800

July 10-28
Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Main Campus
3535 Adkisson Drive NW, Cleveland, 37312 – (423) 472-7141

Dyersburg State Community College, Dyer Main Campus
1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, 38024 – (731) 286-3200

Jackson State Community College, Jackson Main Campus
2046 North Parkway, Jackson, 38301 – (731) 424-3520

Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma Main Campus
6015 Ledford Mill Road, Tullahoma, 37388 – (931) 393-1500

Northeast State Community College, Blountville Campus
2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, 37617 – (423) 323-3191

Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Campus
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, 37933 (865) 694 6400

Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Campus
276 Patton Lane, Harriman, 37748 – (865) 354-3000

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin Campus
480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, 37066 – (615) 452 – 8600


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Bryan College to Host Homeschool Visitation Day

Bryan College invites homeschoolers to its campus in Dayton, Tennessee for Homeschool Visitation Day on Monday, February 6. The college has actively pursued homeschoolers with its social and academic offerings leading many students to choose Bryan as their college choice for post-secondary education. Professor Sam Youngs will be the special guest speaker on a day that will be jam-packed full of activities just for homeschoolers.

Homeschool Visitation Day (HVD) was created to introduce homeschoolers to the academic and extra-curricular opportunities available to them at Bryan College. The Christian liberal arts college has history that dates back as far as 1925, when it was established to provide a Christian worldview education to students. Its motto is “Christ Above All”. Bryan College offers more than 20 majors, has three graduate programs and a student body of just under 1,500. The college even has a homeschool specialist, Pat Wesolowski, a homeschool mom of nine who recently finished her 30+ year homeschool journey.

Students, ages 15 years old and older, and their parents are invited to this free event. It will give them an inside look at a day-in-the-life of a Bryan College student. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the campus, attend regularly scheduled classes, participate in a Q&A session, eat lunch in the cafeteria and meet current Bryan College students as well as staff and faculty at the college. Some of the special class offerings are the following:

Ready to Launch: Preparing Teens for Life after High School, Pat Wesolowski
The Freshman (1925): Learning How to Read a Film, D.R. Fraley
Sacred or Secular: How We Understand Who God Is, Jack Saunders
Preparing for College Writing, Beth Impson

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. and finishes at 4:30 p.m. Counselors will be on hand to discuss admissions, financial aid and dual enrollment options to help families plan a Bryan College education for their children.

“Bryan College offers many scholarships to homeschooled students, including an event coming up in March for seniors who have applied to Bryan,” said Wesolowski. “This is a free event that will earn a student an additional $500 to $6,000 in scholarship funds. Our academic and athletic scholarships stack (and we have a fishing team). Students who earn their bachelors at Bryan and graduate with a 3.5 GPA receive the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree tuition free!”

Do you want to attend HVD? Register online by Wednesday, February 1. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a registered student. For more information, visit the HVD event page or contact Pat Wesolowski at (850) 212-1232 or e-mail for more information.

Homeschool Visitation Day, Monday, February 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bryan College, 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, Tennessee 37321


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Don’t Miss the Last Week of FAFSA Frenzy! Across Tennessee

When I think of financial aid and getting excited, the two never intersect. Excitement brings thoughts of something to look forward to that is going to be a lot of fun. Financial aid conjures piles of paperwork that must be completed by a deadline that is impossible to meet. In steps FAFSA Frenzy Day workshops across the state to assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the Tuesday, January 17, 2017 deadline. If your child is a senior in high school, already attending college or plans to return to college in the fall, attending FAFSA Frenzy Day is a step in the right direction.

Tuesday, January 17, is the last day to submit the FAFSA application to receive financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year. Completing the application is also a requirement for students who applied for the TN Promise scholarship. You must complete the application to remain eligible for the scholarship.

During the event, students will have access to computers for submitting the online application as well as receive on-site assistance with questions they may have regarding completing the application. The application process takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Suggested items to bring to the event to make completing the application easier are the following:

  • 2015 Federal Tax Return
  • Social Security Number(s)
  • Driver’s License (if any)
  • 2015 W‐2 Forms
  • 2015 untaxed income records, such as child support received and veterans non‐education benefits
  • Current information on checking and savings account balances; stock, bond, and other investments; and business and farm assets
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, bring your alien registration card
  • Student’s FSA ID (apply for your FSA ID)
  • Parent’s FSA ID (apply for your FSA ID)

Students are not required to attend a workshop, but they are made available to students and parents who may be unfamiliar with the FAFSA and the opportunities it offers students. The workshops are free and you do not have to be a current or prospective student of the college or university where you attend the workshop. You may also complete the FAFSA application online at home by visiting the website.


FAFSA Frenzy! Locations
Blountville
Northeast State Community College, 2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, 37617
Tuesday, January 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call (423) 323-0252 for more information.

Jackson
Jackson State Community College, Student Center, 2046 North Parkway, Jackson 38301
Tuesday, January 10, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Call Lori Thorne at (731) 425-2605 or e-mail for more information.

Clarksville
Kenwood High School, 251 East Pine Mountain Road, Clarksville, 37042
Monday, January 9, 2017, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (931) 905-7900 or more information.

The official TN FAFSA Frenzy Day is Thursday, January 12, at public high schools and participating colleges across the state. Contact your local public school to see if they will allow homeschoolers to participate in the event on the school campus.


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Get Your Kids Writing with Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is bringing his series of writing workshops to the Memphis area. As a “certified” Andrew Pudewa groupie (yes – we’re real people), I will be there too. I would love to say he is coming to the area just to see me, but I have a better handle on myself than to believe that one. Anyway, this is a great opportunity for any student, regardless of their writing ability.

There will be three days of workshops and seminars that will be held at Audubon Park Baptist Church (4060 Park Avenue, Memphis, 38111). All programming is geared towards children in third through twelfth grades. If you use the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum or have ever wondered why it is always suggested as a go-to writing program, attending one of the workshops or seminars may answer your questions.

Student Workshops – Thursday, October 19, 2017

Students will be introduced to the Key Word Outline, which is the foundation of the IEW style of writing. There will be introductory workshops for the student who has not used the program to ones for the more experienced student writer who has used or is familiar with how IEW works. Parents may attend and observe for free.

Nurturing Competent Communicators – Thursday, October 19, 2017

Parents who feel challenged by the whole writing experience may attend this free workshop to help them learn how to better assist their children in their own writing.

Advanced Student Workshops – Friday, October 20, 2017

The Structure and Style Units 4/6, 5 and 7 will be presented using the Key Word Outline and other writing techniques. Parents may attend and observe for free.

High School Essay Intensive – Saturday, October 21, 2017

This seminar is for your high school student and will focus on text analysis and college application essays. Parents may attend and observe at a reduced fee.

The workshop fees for students are reasonably priced and you may receive a discount if you register by Thursday, September 28. The only thing is you probably do not want to delay, because along with a minimum number of students required to hold the workshop, many have a maximum number that can attend. Do not miss being in that number.

Call (800) 856-5815 or e-mail IEW if you have questions regarding any of the upcoming Memphis workshops and seminars.

You may also learn more about IEW at the annual Teach Them Diligently (TTD) conference in Nashville March 30 through April 2. Register for TTD Nashville now!


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Don’t Miss Mandatory TN Promise Team Meetings

The TN Promise has been a financial blessing to several homeschool families in Tennessee . Many students who may have been unable to attend college, due to the lack of finances, now have the monetary means for continuing their education past high school. The application process for the TN Promise is relatively easy. Hopefully, your graduating high school senior completed the online application by Tuesday, November 1, of this year. If so, that was just the first step in the process.

Although there are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled by the student to remain eligible for the scholarship, everything is mapped out. The steps are easy to follow and the deadlines are extremely important to not miss. There are no exceptions when it comes to the listed dates for required actions to be taken. After the application process, the next step students must complete is to attend the first of two mandatory team meetings, which are held in each county throughout Tennessee. Team meetings for Private/Homeschool/Alternative students began being held in November and continue into December. All TN Promise applicants must attend the two scheduled mandatory team meetings (the first in 2016 and the second in 2017) to remain eligible for the scholarship. Unfortunately, if your child misses either meeting, they lose the scholarship opportunity. There are no exceptions (possible accepted excuses). Below is a list of the counties that have team meetings scheduled for homeschoolers in December. Check the listing and be sure to not miss the team meeting date in your area.

You may also contact tnAchieves for more information.

Check REDI if you do not see your county listed at tnAchieves.

Blount
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Maryville High School

Cannon
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Cannon County High School

Carroll
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at TCAT – McKenzie

Cocke
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Cocke County High School

Coffee
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Coffee County Central High School

Davidson
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. CT at McGavock High School

DeKalb
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at DeKalb County High School

Dyer
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Dyersburg State Community College

Giles
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at TCAT-Pulaski

Grundy
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Grundy County

Hamilton
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Chattanooga State Community College High School

Hardeman
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Bolivar Central High School

Henry
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at TCAT-Paris

Hickman
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Hickman County High School

Jefferson
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Jefferson County High School

Knox
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM ET at Christian Academy of Knoxville

Marion
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Marion County High School

Marshall
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Marshall County High School

McMinn
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at McMinn County High School

Meigs
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Meigs County High School

Polk
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Polk County High School

Shelby
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Southwest Tennessee Community College–Macon Campus

Smith
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Smith County High School

Sullivan
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Northeast State Community College–Blountville Campus

Sumner
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Vol State Community College

Warren
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Warren County High School


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