Jewelry Television (JTV) donated $5,000 to support the Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward awards program.
Roane State Pay-It-Forward awards provide emergency aid to students to help them stay in school, including assistance with tuition or books for students near completion of their degrees, assistance for licensure/certification exam fees, and assistance to adult students who do not qualify for any state-funded tuition assistance programs, or whose aid has otherwise been exhausted.
Students who receive Pay-It-Forward scholarships agree to help future students in need at Roane State complete their education, once they are employed and able to give back, a press release said.
JTV is located next door to Roane State’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences, and leaders from both organizations consistently collaborate on ways to help Roane State students succeed.
“Tennessee is fortunate to have major scholarships and grants, such as Tennessee Promise for high school students and Tennessee Reconnect for adults, but many student needs remain,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said. “The generous support of Jewelry Television to the Pay-It-Forward program helps fill those unmet needs to ensure that costs and unforeseen life events are not systemic barriers to higher education.”
Pay-It-Forward assistance has been used to help pay for car repairs, utility bills, and even to replace worn-out work boots, the press release said.
“JTV was built upon a strong educational foundation, as the company aims to open the world of jewelry and gemstones to everyone. As such, we value the importance of higher education and empowering people to further their skills and training through formal instruction. Additionally, as a Knoxville-based company, it’s important that we support the community in which we live and work. Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward program aligns with our own values and was something we were proud to support,” said Charlie Wagner, vice chairman and legal counsel for JTV.
Licensure/certification exam fees are particularly important for health sciences students because successful completion of such exams are necessary for careers. Through the Pay-It-Forward program supported by JTV, Roane State students can receive assistance with professional exam fees. According to the most recent Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Fact Book, four Roane State health sciences programs have a 100 percent pass rate for first-time test-takers, and three programs have pass rates near or above 90 percent.
This story and photo were submitted by Owen Driskill.
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