2nd Chattanooga Teacher Surprised With $10,000 Scholarship From WGU Tennessee

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
WGU Tennessee Chancellor Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D. (right) and Cassandra Peters (left)
WGU Tennessee Chancellor Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D. (right) and Cassandra Peters (left)

 WGU Tennessee, a nonprofit, online university that is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 effort surprised a Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence (CCSE) teacher with a $10,000 scholarship Monday afternoon.

CCSE English teacher Cassandra Peters learned that she had won WGU Tennessee’s Tenn-K Scholarship during a special ceremony held at the school. Peters was surprised with a commemorative check from WGU Tennessee Chancellor Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D.

“It’s always special to award a hardworking teacher with our annual Tenn-K Scholarship,” Ms. Estep said. “Cassandra’s hard work and academic achievement are just another great example of the quality of teachers in this state, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the ceremony today.”

Ms. Peters is pursuing her master’s degree in English language learning. She hopes to use her degree to help a growing number of students who are new to the country and learning English as a second language.

“Earning this degree is the only path toward my goal of teaching ELL students,” Ms. Peters said. “I have always had a strong desire not only to teach, but also to be a help to any in need.”

Ms. Peters is one of only seven Tennesseans to earn WGU Tennessee’s 2018 Tenn-K Scholarship this year, but is the second Chattanooga-area teacher to earn the scholarship as part of this year’s campaign.

The scholarship – which covers more than 80 percent of WGU Tennessee’s already-low tuition of $3,500 per term for most programs – is awarded based on students’ academic records, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need.

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