Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood will soon cover the tuition of any employee looking to further their eduction. A new program announced on Tuesday allows for 100 percent coverage of tuition and books in many cases.
Employees of Dollywood Parks and Resort will be eligible for the tuition program on their very first day of employment, beginning Feb. 24. The new GROW U program will provide full coverage in partnership with 30 learning partners. Eligible programs include business administration and leadership, culinary, finance, technology and marketing (per WATE-TV). Additionally, $5,250 a year is available for 150 other programs at these 30 institutions.
Parton owns a piece of Dollywood along with Herschend Enterprises, but she’s very involved in the day-to-day operations of the resort and theme park, and her image elevated a mid-level attraction to a top-tier park in east Tennessee. It also made Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas even more of a tourist attraction than they were prior to her involvement in the mid-80s. Other examples of her commitment to education include the Imagination Library, a program that sends free books to children worldwide.
The Dollywood franchise includes Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, Dollywood Cabins and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.
This news comes amid a surge of positive news for the singer. Last week it was announced she is a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The next day she was announced as host of the 2022 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, and soon after she shared that a new duet of “9 to 5” was coming with Kelly Clarkson.
On March 4, Parton will release her new studio album, Run, Rose, Run. The album is a partner to a new book she helped write, also called Run, Rose, Run. Parton’s last non-themed album came in 2016.
See Dolly Parton’s Longtime Nashville Home
Dolly Parton and Carl Dean owned this 4,795 square-foot residence in Nashville from 1980 until 1996. While it’s not the lavish mansion one might expect one of the biggest country stars of all time to have lived in, it’s a beautiful home that’s also a one-of-a-kind piece of country music history.
Built in 1941. the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the wooded, 2.4-acre property also features a detached storage building. Amenities in the stucco home also include an eat-in kitchen, carport, covered porch and patio, deck, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a great room large enough for plenty of games and entertainment and dual heating and cooling units.
See Pictures of Dolly Parton, Through the Years
Dolly Parton was a striking young woman in 1965 and little has changed except for her age. See pictures of the country music legend through the years in this gallery.