Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill at Middle Tennessee State University expanding the Hope Scholarship to include summer sessions Wednesday.
Gov. Bill Haslam (Left) signed Wednesday an expansion of the HOPE Scholarship. State Rep. Jim Coley, Rep. Richard Montgomery, state Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr (left to right) were on hand.
The Hope Scholarship, for the first time, will be available during the summer terms at universities across the state.
“The bill expands the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship allowing funds to be distributed during the summer semester,” MTSU President Sydney McPhee said.
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Rep. Jim Coley (R-Bartlett) were co-sponsors of the bill. Both were in attendance to address students and faculty.
“This is something we’ve been working on for six years,” Tracy said.
The bill does put a cap on the number of hours that can be used with the scholarship. The fund is being stretched and it is believed that a 120-credit-hour cap will help keep it from stretching much further, Haslam explained. Hours being used in the current term will not count towards the cap.
Scholarship funds will also be available to non-traditional students who are recipients of the Hope Scholarship wishing to attend summer classes.