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The PRIDE Fund provides support to financially desperate young adults striving to continue their education beyond high school. To date, the fund has disbursed approximately $100,000 while being the safety net enabling over 300 young adults to continue their education.  In recent years the Fund has distributed $12,000-$15,000 annually while assisting 20-35 students each year.

“P.R.I.D.E.” is an acronym for the characteristics and qualities required of each recipient:

  • “P” represents having potential and being personable
  • “R” represents having respect and being responsible
  • “I” represents having integrity and being intellectual
  • “D” represents having determination and being dependable
  • “E” represents having enthusiasm and being ethical

The Fund has been primarily distributed through the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Dickson, Murfreesboro and Hohenwald.  It is also available at Columbia State Community College and Tennessee State University. Depending on available resources, additional sites are being considered.

A coordinator at each school qualifies the student and the amount of money needed for assistance. Assistance typically ranges from $250 to $500. The PRIDE Fund is unlike most continuing education funds in that it allows a wide range of flexibility. Here are a few examples of how this fund has been used:

Judy was an impoverished but excellent student who, a couple of years ago, at the age of 22, suffered a stroke which left her wheelchair bound. Because her course work was delayed during recovery and rehab, she lost access to other funds. PRIDE funds were used to pay her tuition so she could graduate.

Trent was seeking a Computer Operations Technology diploma. He suffers from a congenital, progressive hearing loss. He became depressed over his hearing loss and was going to drop out of school. PRIDE funds were used to pay for several visits to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This got him back on track so he could complete school.

Alan is one of those students you wish you could clone. He wanted this education so badly that he rode a bicycle to school even during the harshest winter conditions.  He had a tooth go bad and the campus Coordinator negotiated with a dentist.  The PRIDE Fund paid for the tooth extraction. Alan repaid the fund when he received a financial aid check.

Your support of the PRIDE Fund will be greatly appreciated. Please send a check with “PRIDE Fund” on the memo line to the church office or place it in the offering plate. To find out more, please contact our PRIDE Fund Coordinator.