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Knox County Teacher Surprised With $10,000 Scholarship at Awards Ceremony

News Brief - 5/22/17

KNOXVILLE — WGU Tennessee — a nonprofit, online university that is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 effort – surprised a Knox County Schools teacher with a $10,000 scholarship.

Dogwood Elementary first-grade teacher Amy Long learned that she had won WGU Tennessee’s Tenn-K Scholarship during the school’s end-of-year awards ceremony to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of students. Long was surprised with a commemorative check from WGU Tennessee Chancellor Dr. Kim Estep.

“It was very special to be able to award a Knox County Schools teacher with our annual Tenn-K Scholarship,” Estep said. “Amy’s hard work and academic achievement are just another great example of the quality of teachers in this school system, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a special moment.”

Long, who already holds a bachelor’s degree from WGU Tennessee, is pursuing her master’s degree in mathematics. She hopes to use her degree to create more opportunities for students and provide more financial support for her family.

“I was so surprised when Dr. Estep presented me with the Tenn-K Scholarship check this morning,” Long said. “Earning this scholarship will be a big help in financing my master’s degree and will give me the additional skills I need to provide more for my family and students.”

Long is one of only eight Tennesseans to earn WGU Tennessee’s 2017 Tenn-K Scholarship. The scholarship — which covers more than 80 percent of WGU Tennessee’s already-low tuition of $3,000 per term for most programs — is awarded based on students’ academic records, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need. Long already qualifies for a 5 percent tuition discount through WGU Tennessee’s articulation agreement with Knox County Schools.

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