Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Responds to Lee’s Vocational Education Plan

February 5, 2019
Press Release
Says Tennessee Lottery Scholarships should be aimed at merit and need

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) reviewed Governor Bill Lee’s first major legislative initiative, a plan announced today to expand vocational and technical education using money generated by the Tennessee Lottery, and made the following statement:

“Vocational and technical education are areas in which Tennessee lags and they can help open job opportunities. But the people of Tennessee voted in 2002 for a Georgia-like HOPE Scholarship program that rewarded the more meritorious and the more needy. That is what scholarships should do: aim at merit and need. I ‘hope’ someone will recall that and increase HOPE and Aspire Award scholarships.”

Congressman Cohen worked in the state Senate to amend the state Constitution and create a Tennessee State Lottery with proceeds to fund scholarships, as well as enabling legislation. The voters approved the amendment in November 2002 and the first lottery tickets were sold in 2004.