It was announced on Tuesday (February 8) that Dollywood Parks & Resorts will cover 100% of tuition and books “for any employee who chooses to pursue further education”.
The program, which will launch later this month, will be available to any Dollywood worker from their first day on the job.
Dollywood’s joint owner, Herschend Enterprises, says the program will enable employees at all levels to realize their personal and professional dreams.
Dollywood Company President, Eugene Naughton, said: “As our organizations strive to develop themselves, it makes our business and community a truly better place.
“We care about the growth of our hosts, and we want their futures to thrive for love – not debt.”
Since the news broke, Parton fans have been praising the country singer.
“Give her the White House,” wrote one fan, with another adding: “She is a national treasure.”
Many called on other stars to follow in Parton’s footsteps, with Childhood Actress Patricia Arquette replied: “It’s amazing!”
“@DollyParton is an example where one woman can make a difference,” one of the musician’s fans replied, calling her “extraordinary”.
“The world is a better and brighter place because of your kindness,” they added.
Parton jointly owns the theme park with Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and has been open since 1961, with Parton taking over the business in 1986.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/dolly-parton-dollywood-tuition-fees-b2011471.html Dolly Parton fans praise singer after ‘awesome’ Dollywood tuition announcement