Motlow State graduates to benefit from “MTSU Promise” scholarship

(MTSU Video)

Administrators at Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University recently took steps to further develop the relationship between the two schools by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Motlow’s Smyrna campus. The cooperative agreement directly benefits qualifying Motlow graduates who transfer to MTSU to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

A highlight of the agreement is the creation of a “MTSU Promise” scholarship for Motlow students who complete their studies and then successfully transition to MTSU to complete their bachelor’s degree. Through its existing Guaranteed Transfer Scholarship Program, MTSU will guarantee admission and provide transferring Motlow students with $3,000 per year for two years, or a maximum of four semesters, based on reaching and keeping a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Motlow transfer students will not be eligible to apply to receive the Guaranteed Transfer Scholarship until they complete 45 credit hours at Motlow.

 Motlow State Community College administrators Cheryl Hyland, left, Melody Edmonds and Hilda Tunstill flank new Motlow president, Michael L. Torrence, as MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and fellow administrators Mark Byrnes, Laurie Witherow and Deb Sells attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two schools that will benefit Motlow graduates who transfer to MTSU. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Motlow State Community College administrators Cheryl Hyland, left, Melody Edmonds and Hilda Tunstill flank new Motlow president, Michael L. Torrence, as MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and fellow administrators Mark Byrnes, Laurie Witherow and Deb Sells attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two schools that will benefit Motlow graduates who transfer to MTSU.
(MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

The institutions will also share information to assist in better communicating the opportunities and benefits available to students as they work toward their educational goals. Such cooperation will benefit enrollment at both schools.

“A strong relationship between Motlow State and MTSU is central to ensuring quality service to the communities we partner to serve,” said Dr. Michael Torrence, Motlow president. “The formalization of this transfer scholarship plan will help our team of Motlow advisers and completion coaches as they frame long-term academic options for student success.”

Motlow currently provides MTSU more degree-seeking transfer students than any other source, according to officials at the university. 

“Transfer scholarships are important forms of inspiration when students plan their academic goals,” Torrence added, “and help build confidence among students that their long-term plans are academically, financially, and logistically achievable. We are thrilled our partner, MTSU, will make this remarkable commitment to our graduates. It is our hope that this Motlow-MTSU partnership will pay dividends for our students by incentivizing them to build a sound plan, stay on track, and finish well.”

Transfer scholarships are important forms of inspiration when students plan their academic goals, and help build confidence among students that their long-term plans are academically, financially, and logistically achievable.
— Dr. Michael Torrence, Motlow President

The pact also says Motlow students who agree to participate in the MTSU Promise will sign a “reverse transfer” agreement, meaning that if they fail to complete their associate degrees before they transfer to MTSU, they would automatically receive an associate degree from Motlow once they’ve completed sufficient credits at MTSU. MTSU also is number one in the state in using the reverse transfer process.

“MTSU is the number one transfer destination for students in Tennessee, and more Motlow students transfer to MTSU than to any other four-year institution in the state,” said Dr. Sidney McPhee, MTSU president. “I am so pleased that we are renewing this important friendship and partnership today.”

McPhee thanked Torrence and his administration for their “tireless work on behalf of students seeking to build upon their work at Motlow and complete their higher education at MTSU.”