Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Profile: Samantha Salkic
Tennessee Promise lets Motlow students like Samantha Salkic focus on school
Motlow College freshman Samantha Salkic always dreamed of moving away from Middle Tennessee and going to college at a large university. When the time came to make that decision though, life got in the way. She can still fulfill that dream, but with only half the debt, after she completes two years at Motlow under the Tennessee Promise program and earns her associate degree.
"Growing up, I always dreamed of moving away and starting my college experience," said Salkic, a student at Motlow's McMinnville campus. "When my parents went through a divorce in the spring of my senior year, they asked me to stay nearby. I looked at my options, including the Tennessee Promise, and decided that Motlow was the best choice for me. I knew I could get a great start on my education while staying close to home, and that I could do it for very little money."
Salkic's experience with the Tennessee Promise demonstrates how applying for the scholarship, even if you aren't planning to attend a community college at the time is the right thing to do. You never know what circumstances life will throw at you, and the more options you leave open for yourself the better.
"Everyone who is a senior in high school should apply for the Tennessee Promise," she continued. "Some people object to the idea of attending community college, but it is a great experience. I have met a lot of new people and the teachers are great. Unlike a large university, Motlow makes you feel like the college actually cares about you. There are a lot of opportunities on campus and everyone seems to be there to help get students to graduation.
Even though she wasn't planning on using it at the time, Salkic took the necessary steps back in November 2014 to be eligible for the Promise. After circumstances worked out the way they did, she is thankful that she made that effort.
"The application process was not difficult at all," she added. "We applied for the Promise online at school. We were required to attend two meetings with our mentor and to complete eight hours of community service. My eight hours consisted of helping the mayor set up for an art show on July 4 weekend. I also helped clean up the National Heritage Museum."
She plans to continue her education after graduating from Motlow by earning a bachelor's degree at either Middle Tennessee State University or the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. After that, her goal is to earn a master's degree.
Current Tennessee Promise students who are college freshmen have until Dec. 1 to complete their second round of community service hours. High school seniors who have already applied for the Promise must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), their Motlow application, and attend their first meeting with a mentor, by Feb. 15, 2016.
For more information about the Tennessee Promise and Motlow College, visit TNPromise.mscc.edu or contact Jonathan Graham, Motlow's Tennessee Promise coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-220-7839.