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Kris Tugman was Tennessee Promise’s Poster Boy — Until he Dropped Out

Kris Tugman loved college.

After enrolling with the first class of Tennessee Promise students in 2015, he soaked up lessons from ancient philosophers like Plato and picked up tips on camera work that supported his dream of working in the entertainment industry.

Tugman’s enthusiasm for Nashville State Community College is so intense that it’s disorienting to hear that he didn’t finish. Instead, he said, he dropped out of school to take care of his sick mother.

She has recovered now, he said, but Tugman lost the Tennessee Promise scholarship when he left Nashville State. Now he’s not sure when or if he’ll return.

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