Endowment provides scholarships for adult learners in Scott County

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Roane State Community College

First National Bank donated $10,000 for the W.H. Swain Scholarship Endowment, a fund that provides scholarships for adult students enrolled at Roane State Community College’s Scott County campus.

Students who attend college out of high school tend to have many scholarship options including the Tennessee Promise and the HOPE scholarship. Adult learners, however, often have limited scholarship options.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Swain and family and First National Bank established the W.H. Swain Scholarship Endowment to help adults with the costs of going to college.

 “The W.H. Swain Scholarship Endowment for adult learners expands scholarship opportunities so adults can complete a degree without leaving home,” said Sharon Baird, director of the Scott County campus. “The generosity of First National Bank and the Swain family will help adult learners build a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

Through the endowment, the college awards up to six, $500 scholarships per year to adult learners (students age 21 and older) taking courses at the Scott County campus.

“I was concerned about how I would afford college, but by receiving an adult learner scholarship, I can concentrate on what’s important — my studies — and worry less about the financial part,” said Keturah Cope, a student in the college’s fast-track contemporary management program. “Being the recipient of the adult learner scholarship has truly changed my life.”

To contribute to the W.H. Swain Scholarship Endowment, contact the Roane State Foundation at (865) 882-4507.

For more information about the many programs and courses available at the Scott County campus, contact Sharon Baird at (423) 663-3878 or bairdsw@roanestate.edu.