With the deadline less than three months away, tnAchieves needs an additional 5,000 volunteer mentors across the state to support TN Promise applicants from the Class of 2020. Locally, Shelby County still needs 825 mentors to meet student demand.

Mentors spend one hour a month assisting students as they transition from high school to college.  They remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage students to reach their full potential.

“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.”

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.

“We understand that navigating the college-going process can be very challenging,” said tnAchieves Deputy Director of Partnerships, Graham Thomas. “Mentors serve as a resource for students and their families in a process that may contain many unknowns. Understanding that someone is available to answer questions and walk this journey with them can be very impactful for students.”

Other counties in West Tennessee also need additional mentors.

  • Crockett County needs 32 mentors.
  • Dyer County needs 72 mentors.
  • Gibson County needs 99 mentors.
  • Fayette County needs 40 mentors.
  • Haywood County needs 37 mentors.
  • Lauderdale County needs 28 mentors.
  • Obion County needs 11 mentors.
  • Tipton County needs 128 mentors.
  • Weakley County needs seven mentors.

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

(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 [email protected].)