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Dyersburg State announces major scholarship campaign

(WMC-TV) - A major announcement from a Mid-South community college could help students get to college a little cheaper.

Dyersburg State officials kicked off the "Leaving a Legacy for Learning" campaign Wednesday. Their goal is to raise $2 million in scholarship money for West Tennessee students.

The halls and classrooms of Dyersburg State Community College are filling up fast, but that may not be the case for much longer. 

As state tuition costs increase, available scholarship money is decreasing.

"State budget is being trumped and so are funds available to go to school," said capital campaign chair Paul Rose.

Rose and others are hoping to help send more West Tennessee students to college.

In the coming months, he will lead a "Leaving a Legacy for Learning" campaign in Tipton County to raise the scholarship money.

"Fees are going up, students are having a difficult time really going to school.  This is the time we need more people to get degrees," added DSCC President Dr. Karen Bowyer.

In addition to building its donor base, Dyersburg State is also in the process of building a third building on its Covington campus.

This building will house its new student resource center and will also be the new home to Tipton County's public library.

College leaders hope this new building will also serve as a drawing card for future students. 

"We'll be getting some young kids ages 3, 4, and 5 years who'll be coming out for story time so they'll get used to coming to college and we hope that will continue through their whole lives," Bowyer added.

The goal of this capital campaign is to raise a total of four million dollars over the next three to five years. 

A similar campaign will be held in Dyer County after Tipton County's campaign is completed.

The new building at the Covington campus is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. 

If you'd like more information on this capital campaign, click here.

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