TN Promise Service Saturday

Student volunteers at Henry Horton State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship offers a lot to students with very few requirements. Along with completing the scholarship and FAFSA applications and attending mandatory meetings, all they must do is perform eight hours of community service. Eight hours is actually not much and can easily be completed during the months leading to high school graduation or in one day if needed.

Student volunteers at Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

If your child applied for the Tennessee Promise and still needs to earn community service hours, send them to the park this weekend for the annual TN Promise Service Saturday. The Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas are offering your college-bound child an opportunity to earn the required eight community service hours they need, all in one day. Parks and natural areas across the state in West, Middle and East Tennessee will host the event. Just as each park is unique, the volunteer activities will be specific to that park. Some projects will include rerouting trails, removing litter, weeding and more. All volunteers are asked to come dressed in proper attire that includes sturdy and closed toe shoes and work gloves. Volunteers may even consider wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, but that is optional. Also, they should wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water and food. Lunch and water will not be provided.

Student volunteers at Montgomery Bell State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The TN Promise Service Saturday is open to anyone who wants to volunteer. You do not have to be a Tennessee Promise applicant to volunteer or “lend a hand”. Most of the volunteer events on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check the respective park for the actual scheduled hours, because they do vary. All volunteers must register with the park where they want to work, prior to the date. Check out all of the park locations. Registration may be done online on the event page for each service event. You may e-mail or call Nancy Schlein at (615) 532-5249 for more information.

Find a park in your area.


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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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