Pellissippi student wins Women’s Economic Council scholarship

Amy King, a Pellissippi State Community College student, has received a scholarship from the Women’s Economic Council Foundation.

King was presented with a $1,000 award at the 2009 Economic Summit for Women, hosted by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women in Nashville in October. The scholarship was awarded by Andrea Conte, who is married to Gov. Phil Bredesen, and the summit included keynote speaker Gloria Steinem, a well-known feminist activist, writer and speaker.

The Economic Council develops and advocates for ways to help women achieve economic autonomy.

King took home a $1,000 East Tennessee Non-Traditional Scholarship for her achievements as an Adult Education student at the college. She will use the award for tuition for spring semester at Pellissippi State.

“I’m a single mother and I wanted to go back to school before my daughter graduated from high school,” King said. “In January, I enrolled in Adult Education at Pellissippi State-and in a couple of months, I had passed the GED.

“My ultimate goal is to be a nurse practitioner. I want to graduate from Pellissippi State with an associate’s degree in Nursing, then transfer to UT for a bachelor’s.” Pellissippi recently received the go-ahead to offer an associate’s degree program in Nursing, and the college plans to start taking student applications in January.

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