tnAchieves still needs mentor volunteers with 4 days left

Tennessee needs 2,100 more volunteers for scholarship program

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – The Tennessee Promise comes with mentors to help students keep up the work in college.

But the state scholarship program still needs 2,100 more volunteers to fulfill that promise in the next 4 days.

The mentors are there to help students who land the scholarships to see them through and get their degrees.

The most critical need for volunteers now are in Rhea and Polk counties.

They are around the 50% level of what they need.

Meigs, McMinn and Bradley counties are all below the state average now.

Hamilton is at the state average, but still needs more.

Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie counties have all met their needs for the next year.

The deadline to apply is December 3. You can learn more about it and sign up, here.


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The mentors help high school students transition to college work. 

“tnAchieves’ success lies in its community-based approach. Mentors offer a local support system for TN Promise students as they make the leap from high school to college,” said tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro.

“No experience is required as tnAchieves prepares you to help students navigate the transition. In 2022, mentors will play a critical role in reversing negative enrollment trends brought on by the pandemic. If you have one hour a month to encourage local students in their pursuit of a college credential, you can be a successful mentor.”

You would basically be their cheerleader.

“My mentor’s patience and persistence inspired me and kept me on track to attend college. If it were not for her checking in with me, I might have given up on college or missed important deadlines,” said Autumn, a current TN Promise student. “I am now enrolled in college, which never would have felt possible without my mentor’s guidance.”

The program only requires an hour of your time per month.

Potential mentors must be 21 years of age, are subject to a background check and must complete a one hour training session.

tnAchieves is a privately‐funded scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post‐secondary degree.

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