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Living angel Dolly Parton offers to pay tuition fees for all 11,000 Dollywood staff

Nola Ojomu February 10, 2022
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Dolly Parton is hosting the ACM Awards on Amazon Prime Video.

Dolly Parton is hosting the ACM Awards on Amazon Prime Video. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton is the gift that keeps on giving  – and now it’s been revealed that her Dollywood theme park has launched a life-changing education programme.

Indeed, the 76-year-old living legend has chosen to empower her Dollywood Parks and Resort employees in the best way as staff will now be able to receive help covering the fees and book costs for programs in business administration, culinary and finance among others.

Dollywood, which the 51-time Grammy-nominated country singer co-owns with Herschend Family Entertainment, has launched the GROW U program in partnership with 30 learning partners.

It will come into effect on 24 February and will cover 100 per cent of tuition fees for the listed courses.

There will also be partial funding up to $5,250 a year made available for 150 other courses in subjects such as hospitality, art design and human resources.

The new program is available to around 11,000 employees starting from their first day of employment at the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee, just in case that all wasn’t amazing enough.

Naturally, the news has led to many calling for the legendary singer to finally just step forward and save the world by becoming the next president.

“Give her the White House,” one fan wrote, while another added: “The world is a better and brighter place because of your kindness.”

Another tweeted: “Dolly Parton is one of the three most efficient governments on Earth right now.”

“Dolly Parton has done more to help people than most of the individuals in government,” another wrote, while one fan stated: “Give Dolly Parton the Nobel now.”

It’s just another amazing moment from the beloved icon, who is well known for her philanthropy.

Dolly Parton made headlines in November 2020 when it emerged she had donated a hefty sum to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville to aid the development of Moderna’s highly-effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking to Absolute Country Radio, the “Jolene” singer said she knew she had to do something when the COVID-19 pandemic started – but insisted she doesn’t ever want to take any credit for the work of trailblazing scientists.

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