Nashville GRAD Wins TBR SOAR 2021 Partnership Award

The Tennessee Board of Regents recognized the Nashville GRAD program with the Partnership Award during the March 25 SOAR (Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition) 2021 Awards presentation. With the support of the Mayor's Office, Metro Council, and community partners, Nashville GRAD aims to remove the non-academic barriers to college retention and completion. It is a program under the joint Nashville State and Metro Nashville Public Schools Better Together initiative.

Nashville State President Dr. Shanna L. Jackson delivered the award acceptance remarks.

Nashville State is honored to accept the 2021 SOAR Partnership Award on behalf of all our Nashville GRAD partners. We are grateful for their continued support.

Nashville GRAD started with a $1 million commitment under Mayor Briley. Mayor Cooper and Metro Council appropriated another $1 million for this academic year. To date, over $450,000 has been secured from private sector partners.

Launched in the Fall of 2019, GRAD is modeled after the successful CUNY ASAP program in New York. Students receive personalized academic and career advising and financial support beyond tuition and fees.

Nashville GRAD is a true public-private partnership, a shared value that education is a key to social and economic mobility.

We believe GRAD will increase the number of Nashvillians who earn a degree or credential, help close equity gaps, and strengthen our communities. Thank you.