Tennessee Promise

A promise of opportunity

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and a mentoring program focused on increasing the number of Tennessee students who attend college. It provides you with a last-dollar scholarship, meaning that the award will pay for tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or state student assistance funds. You may use the scholarship to obtain an associate degree at any of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology.

Transfer students

At Watkins, we welcome transfer students and work with the Tennessee community college system through the Pathways program. However, it can be difficult to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at Watkins within two years of completing an associate degree at a community college.

Our BFA programs rely on foundational studio classes that are completed in the freshman and sophomore years. Most students coming to Watkins from community colleges have not had the opportunity to take the necessary number of foundational studio courses. If you are entering Watkins from a community college, therefore, you will have to take the studio classes you have missed. As a result, you likely will graduate after your third year at Watkins (your fifth year as an undergraduate). This only applies to our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. You may be able to complete our Bachelor of Art program after two years at Watkins following completion of an associate degree.