|July 10, 2003
For more information, contact: Kimberly Stark (901)
333-4023 or Marilyn Duncan (901) 333-4247
Home Depot Awards Grant to Southwest Tennessee Community College for
The Home Depot Foundation has awarded Southwest Tennessee Community
College’s Foundation a $15,000 grant for the Southwest AmeriCorps
Neighborhood Initiative. The grant will be used to pay for service project
supplies and to meet the College’s matching requirements for member
“We appreciate the support and assistance from the Home Depot Foundation
with this important community project,” states Nathan L. Essex, president
of Southwest. “Projects like AmeriCorps help make Southwest a true
community partner.” AmeriCorps provides needed services to the community
while simultaneously helping deserving young adults to qualify for
educational awards through their community service.
AmeriCorps members revitalize substandard neighborhood properties by
performing minor repairs on houses, improving accessibility for senior
citizens by constructing wheelchair ramps and improving neighborhood
safety and appearance by organizing community cleanup days and
group-related activities to end crime and enhance safety.
AmeriCorps volunteers serve a term of 12 months using the College as a
center and base for their activities. Once their service is finished,
full-time members who have served at least 1700 hours receive an
educational award of $4,725, while part-time members who complete 900
hours receive an award of $2,363. These awards can be used to retire
student loans or to attend college.
Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000
students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.
Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer degrees, 37
two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate
of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and over 40 areas of interest in
traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.)
degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical
Certificate Programs in 28 areas, usually completed in no more than one
year, that prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand,
Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and