Tennessee scholarship program needs mentors to volunteer

Tennessee scholarship program needs mentors to volunteer


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A non-profit organization that works to give every high school senior in Tennessee the opportunity to go to college is in need of your help. tnAchieves is looking for mentors to join their program.

The team at Knoxville's tnAchieves believes that every Tennessee high school student should get to go to college. That's why the non-profit began six years ago.

It's a scholarship program that pays for students to attend any technical or community college of their choice.

"We're trying to reach the students who never thought college was a possibility for them," said Krissy DeAlejandro.

The funding comes solely from donations, providing students with a life-changing opportunity.

"The majority of our students, about 65 percent, are the first in their families to ever enter college," said Alejandro.

It's not just about the money, but about guiding them along the way.

Each student is paired up with a mentor who will help them with any education related questions, help them stay on track as far as deadlines and also be their encourager.

"What really sees them through and defines success for us is having that mentor in their lives to say you can do this. We'll get through it together," said Alejandro.

Right now, tnAchieves is growing fast, helping more and more students. They need 1,000 new mentors, so they're asking for anyone with a heart for education to apply.

"One hour a month for what could be the largest impact the student will have in their lives," said Alejandro.

If you're interested in applying to be a mentor with tnAchieves, you've got some time to do it. The deadline to apply isn't until November 1. Mentors who are chosen must undergo mandatory mentor training which is supposed to wrap up in mid-December. 

More online: Apply to be a tnAchieves mentor or student

Mentors meet with students once a month, starting their last semester of high school, continuing through their first semester of college.

The program is a partner organization with Gov. Bill Haslam's new college access program Tennessee Promise.

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