Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

Private Colleges Serving Tennessee


Every year, college students across the State send notes of appreciation to State lawmakers for the State scholarships they receive that have enabled them to attend the college or university that best suited their personal and career goals.


Below are excerpts from two letters from lottery scholarship recipients attending a TICUA institution.


It is hard for me to believe that I am the first of my family to work at achieving a college degree. The financial relief I have received as a result of the lottery scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies and worry less about paying for college. Attending a college was a dream for me, and now thanks to the Tennessee's lottery scholarship program, that dream is being fulfilled.



Without the HOPE Scholarship I would not be able to afford the education that I hope to use to better myself and my community. It is also because of the HOPE Scholarship that I will be the first in my family to graduate from college with a bachelor's degree. The financial aid that I have been given through the HOPE Scholarship has broadened my world. Thank you again.

Message from TICUA President Claude Pressnell: This message is part of an ongoing series of charts that the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association will share in the coming months, highlighting the impact of our 35 member campuses. We hope that you will find this information helpful. Please contact us for additional information either by phone at 615-242-6400 or email at research@ticua.org.