AT&T Donates to Nashville State

AT&T Foundation Donates $10,000 to Nashville State Community College

August 25, 2021 – from AT&T

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the AT&T Foundation has donated $10,000 to Nashville State Community College. The grant will provide last dollar scholarships for minority and underserved students.

“We appreciate AT&T and its support of Nashville State Community College students,” said Dr. Carol Martin-Osorio, Nashville State vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. "This generous scholarship fits into the College's plan of providing students with support beyond tuition-assistance so they can be successful throughout and after their college experience."

While Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect provides tuition-free access to the state’s community colleges, gaps remain that can create a barrier to entry for some students. The AT&T Last Dollar scholarships will aid students with cost of attendance items such as books, childcare, transportation, and other costs associated with attending college that aren’t covered by other financial aid programs once tuition is paid.

“Success in higher education is critical for Tennessee’s long-term growth and potential,” said State Senator Jeff Yarbro. “Thanks to the programs offered at Nashville State, students receive the training and education that is required to succeed in the 21st century workforce.”

“From the State Capitol and across our community, I see the tremendous impact Nashville State’s programming has on our local economy – producing highly skilled workers and strengthening our region’s workforce,” said State Representative John Ray Clemmons. “I welcome and sincerely appreciate the private sector’s support of these vital educational opportunities.”

This donation is part of the AT&T Foundation’s $130,000 gift to the Foundation for the College System of Tennessee. Funding has been divided equally among Tennessee’s 13 community colleges to support students across the state.

“AT&T is focused on developing a 21st century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips. “We are excited to continue our support of Nashville State Community College to help more students gain the education necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”

The 13 Tennessee Community Colleges are as follows:

  • Chattanooga State
  • Cleveland State
  • Columbia State
  • Dyersburg State
  • Jackson State
  • Motlow State
  • Nashville State
  • Northeast State
  • Pellissippi State
  • Roane State
  • Southwest Tennessee
  • Volunteer State
  • Walters State
Photo (left to right): State Representative John Ray Clemmons; Dr. Carol Martin-Osorio, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management; Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, president; Kathy Sager, AT&T Tennessee regional director of external and legislative affairs; Lauren Bell, Nashville State Foundation executive director; and, State Senator Jeff Yarbro.