Carter County still new 35 more mentors for TN Promise Class of 2020

John Thompson • Sep 21, 2019 at 12:37 AM

ELIZABETHTON — One of the important features of helping scholarship recipients of the TN Promise program is support and advice provided by volunteer mentors who keep the students on track.

The mentors spent one hour per month assisting the TN Promise students as they transition from high school to college. They remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and encourage the students to reach their full potential.

TN Promise, in partnership with tnAchieves, allows every graduating high school senior the opportunity to attend a community or technical college, as well as several universities, tuition free with mentor support. Many of the students that apply for the scholarship will be the first in their family to attend college and mentors work with students to overcome barriers that previously prevented students from accessing higher education.

With only three months left before the deadline, tnAchieves still needs 5,000 volunteer mentors across the state. The program still needs 35 mentors for Carter County students.

“The financial support that TN Promise provides students is critical, but we know that the support from a local mentor is equally important to student success,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, tnAchieves Executive Director.

“TN Promise students are graduating at a rate 21 percentage points higher than their non-TN Promise peers at the same institutions. The guidance and encouragement students receive from a mentor cannot be understated – they are the difference maker for many of our TN Promise students.”

Potential mentors must be 21 years of age, are subject to a background check and complete a one hour training session. For more information or to apply, you can visit www.tnachieves.org or contact tnAchieves Deputy Director of Outreach Graham Thomas at (615) 604-1306 or graham@tnachieves.org.

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