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Martin Methodist signs articulation agreement with Motlow State Community College and unveils scholarship

Motlow State and Martin Methodist staff Motlow State Community College president Dr. Anthony Kinkel (sitting, center left), Martin Methodist interim president Dr. Robby Shelton (sitting, center right) and other representatives from the colleges unveiled a $10,000 scholarship for matriculating Motlow State graduates, during an articulation agreement signing on April 25.

Agreement includes $10,000 scholarship award for MSCC graduates

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Martin Methodist College signed an articulation agreement with Motlow State Community College on Tuesday morning at Motlow State's campus in Tullahoma. At the event, both schools' presidents announced an additional $10,000 Victoria Martin Scholarship for Motlow State students continuing their educations at Martin Methodist.

The articulation agreement strengthens ties between both colleges, allowing Motlow State graduates to use their credits toward a bachelor's degree at Martin Methodist. MSCC graduates will be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship to use toward tuition and other fees at Martin Methodist, making a bachelor's degree close to home more accessible and affordable.

"Tennessee's ability to compete in a global economy is tied directly to having the talented and skilled workforce the job market demands," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "Martin Methodist and Motlow State are setting a great example of how institutions can work together to ensure southern Middle Tennesseans will be ready for the jobs that are coming and those that already here."

The announcement comes as Martin Methodist responds to Haslam's proposal to expand Tennessee Promise scholarships to all Tennessee adults. Under the program, Tennessee high school graduates can attend community college free.

Haslam has been increasing higher-education access as part of his Drive to 55, which calls for 55 percent of Tennesseans to obtain a college degree or certificate by 2025.

"Martin Methodist is fortunate to have great community college campuses like Motlow State in its service area, and partnerships like this one will be vital to accomplishing Governor Haslam's Drive to 55," said Dr. Robby Shelton, Martin Methodist's interim president. "Martin Methodist is committed to helping Motlow State graduates continue their educations and achieve their career goals."

Motlow State is Tennessee's fastest-growing community college, and has seen full-time-equivalent enrollment increase 13 percent over last year. Approximately 20 percent of Motlow State's 5,300 students graduate within six years, meaning more than 1,000 MSCC students could be eligible for the $10,000 scholarship to Martin Methodist.

"Motlow State has seen a tremendous jump in freshman enrollment thanks to Tennessee Promise, which has increased the demand for higher education across the state," stated Dr. Anthony Kinkel, president of Motlow State. "This partnership is an important milestone in our state's continued focus on raising student ambitions. We welcome Martin Methodist's interest in our graduates and want to elevate all of our students who are interested in matriculating to pursue a bachelor's degree. I think what we've accomplished today achieves ideals that will benefit both our institutions and countless families throughout our region, as well as the workforce needs of our shared communities."

The articulation agreement went into effect immediately after the signing. Martin Methodist also plans to sign an articulation agreement of the same nature with Columbia State Community College on Thursday, April 27.