TCC to lend helping hand to Gadsden students

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By Erin Hill

Tallahassee Community College announced the launch of the Gadsden Learn Scholarship Program on Thursday, June 8.
The program aims to help fill the gap between financial aid and tuition expenses for any Gadsden County students who graduate with a 3.0 or higher, and have completed the FAFSA.
James Harold Thompson said he and other members of Gretna Presbyterian Church helped fund the program.  Thompson, who was involved with the TCC Foundation for 20 years, said when he was 17 he realized what he did for the next seven years would determine the rest of his life, and that would extend to his children.  He said it’s important to get that message across to children and let them know this is an opportunity to help them in their first years of adulthood.
The students can be from any accredited public, private or home school in Gadsden.
The maximum amount a student can receive is $1,000, but there is no limit on the amount of students who can be awarded.
To attend TCC, it costs about $100.83 per credit hour, and $2.67 per clock hour for vocational students.
Curtis Richardson said many in the Gadsden community donated to the scholarship because they saw a gap and wanted to fill it.  He also said they will spend off the interest, not the principal.
Gadsden Schools Superintendent Roger Milton said TCC’s President Jim Murdaugh has always been supportive of Gadsden students.
“The building that we’re in is a major milestone for me,” Murdaugh said.  “Today we take another huge step.”
At least two students have already been approved to receive the scholarship for the upcoming school year.
Tyriek McClellan said he is thankful for the scholarship.  The East Gadsden High School graduate said he is interested in studying art and fashion.
Alejandra Aveles, who recently graduated from Crossroad
Academy said, “It’s an honor to be a part of the launching of the scholarship.”
Alejandra plans to major in psychology.
Her mother, Elizabeth Aviles, said she thanks God for opening doors so her daughter can fulfill her dream.  She said she’s looking forward to the day Alejandra will be able to use her degree to give back to her community.