Vol State First Scholarships for Livingston Academy Students

Vol State First CommitteeLivingston Academy students have been awarded approximately $12,000 in Vol State First scholarships for dual enrollment classes at Volunteer State Community College. The scholarships, which are funded with proceeds from VolEBall, have enabled students to take a total of 74 dual classes.

Many Livingston Academy students who met the academic criteria to take dual enrollment classes at Vol State were unable to pay the tuition, even after receiving the $300 dual enrollment grant offered by the State of Tennessee.

The VolEBall committee and Vol State officials reviewed the need at Livingston Academy for financial support of certain students to take dual enrollment classes and agreed to allocate a portion of the VolEBall proceeds for grants to assist dual enrollment students who were on the free and reduced lunch program and created Vol State First. These grants augmented the students’ own financial contributions and enabled these students to start a college transcript.

“The family at Livingston Academy feels honored by the efforts put forth by Vol State First and its contributors.  Many doors have been opened to our students through this generosity and we are excited to see motivated students making the first step toward attaining a college degree,” said Lesley Riddle, Principal at Livingston Academy.

Vol State First is an initiative to expose the extraordinary benefits of Volunteer State Community College at Livingston to Livingston Academy students and encourage them to make Vol State at Livingston their first college choice.  The grants help make it possible for all qualified students to start college at Vol State.  Vol State First could mean the difference in a successful college endeavor by helping students overcome those first hurdles.

VolEBall has raised more than $70,000 for scholarships since its inception in 2011.  Funds raised are designated to provide scholarships for Overton County residents attending Vol State at Livingston.  In addition to raising funds, the committee’s focus is to raise awareness of the college and to promote Vol State as the first college choice for individuals in the community.

Michael Powell, director of Vol State at Livingston said, “Every student matters most and every dollar that we can put toward their success is most appreciated by all.”

To learn more about the Dual Enrollment program at Vol State at Livingston call (931) 823-7065 or visit the campus at One John Roberts Parkway.  For more information about Vol State visit the website at

Pictured left to right-  Rita Reagan Underhill, Overton County Chamber of Commerce; Robin Long, Livingston Academy; Sherry Gabelman, Vol State;  Michael Powell, Vol State; Vanessa Farris, Livingston Academy; Julia Bishop and Budd Bishop.  Not pictured Lesley Riddle and Theresa Johnson.