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October 18, 2017

Grainger County has recruited only 42 percent of the necessary number of mentors to serve students in the tnAchieves program.

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tnAchieves seeking mentors

NASHVILLE – The search is on for mentors for tnAchieves to serve the class of 2018.

Grainger County is in need of 24 mentors to reach the goal of 41 mentors for the county.

tnAchieves serves as the partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s TN Promise Scholarship that allows any student in Tennessee the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or technical certificate free of tuition. The Class of 2018 will be the fourth class of seniors to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship and the 10th class of students in the tnAchieves program, which originated in Knox County.

Tennessee has seen several early successes with Tennessee Promise. In its first year, the state saw a 4.6 percent increase in the number of students going to college directly after high school, which is a larger increase than the previous seven years combined.

Along with funding, tnAchieves pairs every student with a volunteer mentor who serves as a resource and encourager. Volunteer mentors are paired with five to 10 students from the high school of their choice, and they work with students through the last semester of their senior year and the first semester of college.

Volunteering with tnAchieves is estimated to be a 10-hour annual commitment. tnAchieves is looking for more than 9,000 mentors throughout the state to help the class of 2018.

The deadline to apply is December 1. Visit www.tnachieves.org to find out more information and complete an application.

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