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Tennessee Students Seeking Scholarships Facing Close Deadline

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Posted at 8:57 PM, Jul 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:33:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Only one in four students participating in a college scholarship program has completed the volunteer work needed to remain eligible.

If students in the Tennessee Promise program don't complete and submit their hours by August 1, they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship program. It was set to offer new high school graduates a tuition-free ticket to community and technical colleges.

According to reports, the approaching deadline has triggered "a campaign of constant communication" from officials, said Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise.

Krause said he and his staff have been flooding the more than 31,500 eligible students with text messages and emails encouraging them to finish the community service. 

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