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BEP Nissan Minigrants Awarded to Creative Teachers

December 17, 2018



 For Immediate Release


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – December 17, 2018 – The Business Education Partnership Foundation (BEP) Nissan Teacher Minigrant Awards were held at Stones River Country Club to present funding awards to teachers who “aspire to inspire” students through innovative classroom projects.  Area educators and administrators joined BEP board members and representatives from Nissan to celebrate the fall cohort of minigrant recipients. Funding awards were given for 44 projects to teachers from 27 different schools across Rutherford County. These grants are projected to impact 8,556 students during the upcoming spring semester.

Nissan’s investment in the future of Rutherford County enables BEP to offer the grants twice annually to public school teachers from the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County school systems. The awards offer funding for teachers who demonstrate innovation in teaching concepts beyond core curriculum through meaningful, hands-on learning.

BEP Board Chair Julie Corcoran thanked the educators for taking time out of their very busy and challenging days in the classroom to write their proposals and thus provide their students with unique and special learning opportunities.  On behalf of the BEP Board of Directors, Corcoran congratulated the grant recipients as well as the principals and the directors of schools who support them each day. 

Corcoran introduced Rutherford County native Greg Jones, who serves as Nissan’s Senior Director of Human Resources for US Manufacturing.  Jones said, “We have a brand new vehicle rolling out of our back door about every 30 seconds.  With that kind of production volume, we need good, skilled employees; it is educators like you that help ‘skill up’ our youth right here in Rutherford County to prepare them for their future careers, possibly even at Nissan, where they can stay in Rutherford County close to home and their families.”


Jones, who serves on the BEP board of directors, expressed appreciation for the clever approaches taken by teachers.  “Nissan recognizes the important work that you do, and we are very proud to support partnerships like the BEP, and in turn support your partnership with your students so they can succeed in the classroom.  At Nissan, we build more than great cars; we build community,” he said.


Minigrants were awarded for projects that spanned a variety of disciplines, such as coding, engineering, robotics, energy, UAV (drone) technology, biology, art, agriculture, and literacy for English language learners. The next BEP Nissan Teacher Minigrant Award application period will open January 14, 2019.

The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization formed in 1988 with the help of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. The BEP states as its mission:  “To foster interest in and to promote and support programs in public schools of the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County that will prepare students for the business world.”

To learn more about the Business Education Partnership Foundation and its programs for teachers, school counselors, principals, and students, visit rutherfordbep.org, or call (615) 278-2008.


For More Information:

Amelia Bozeman
Executive Director
Business Education Partnership Foundation
at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 278-2008         abozeman@rutherfordchamber.org

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