Tusculum University is offering new initiatives to reduce the cost for many individuals seeking a master’s degree in the education field.

Employees of companies with which the College of Business has corporate partnerships are eligible for a 10% tuition scholarship if they enroll in Tusculum’s master of arts in talent development program. Corporate partnerships nearest Blount County include Pilot Flying J, TVA and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

In addition, teachers in Tusculum’s partner school districts, which includes the Blount County and Maryville districts, will receive a $500 scholarship per full-time semester if they seek a master of arts in education at Tusculum.

The main campus is in Greeneville, and the university also has locations in Knoxville and Morristown.

Tusculum also is offering its students who are graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies — the institution’s elementary education program — a $500 scholarship if they immediately pursue the master of arts in education degree from the university.

These scholarships are available immediately.

Tricia Hunsader, the College of Education’s dean, said Tusculum is expanding the corporate partners program in response to a request from a company. She said the scholarship for current undergraduates at Tusculum is an initiative to encourage them not to delay pursuit of an advanced degree.

The new scholarship for teachers in East Tennessee school systems with which Tusculum has a partnership agreement to use for student clinical experiences is a way to show appreciation for these districts, Hunsader said in a news release.

“Any teacher from these districts who receives our master of arts in education would be even better prepared to be an outstanding mentor for our students entering the profession, and the additional knowledge will help their students,” she said.

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