Sumner Educate and Grow Students Highlighted at COMPASS Luncheon

Submitted on July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Volunteer State Community College students were highlighted during a fundraising luncheon Tuesday for Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools (COMPASS). COMPASS promotes student success and partnerships with the business community. The luncheon was held at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Gallatin. Speakers this year included former Dollar General president Cal Turner, Jr. and Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of the education reform organization StudentsFirst.

The Vol State students are recipients of the Educate and Grow Sumner County scholarship, which covers tuition and fees at Vol State for up to four semesters, after all other scholarship and grant sources are taken into account. All graduating Sumner County high school seniors can qualify for the program. It does have academic criteria as part of the Tennessee Scholars Initiative. Last year 69 students were awarded the scholarship. For more information visit the web site:


Pictured: Vol State Educate and Grow scholarship recipients meet COMPASS organizers at the COMPASS luncheon. From left to right: County Commissioner Paul Goode, Educate and Grow chairman; Bruce Scism, Vol State vice president for Academic Affairs; Lisa Crocket, COMPASS president; Emilia Prunache of Hendersonville, student; Kristina Shaw of Cottontown, student; Eric Schneider of Hendersonville, student; and State Representative Debra Maggart, COMPASS executive director.

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