About Project GRAD

Project GRAD has partnered with Knox County Schools, the community (and now Knox Education Foundation), for nearly two decades to help increase the graduation rate of students in Knoxville’s center city.

While Project GRAD gives students who complete the program a $4,000 college scholarship, there isn’t enough in the budget for an important tool for college: a computer. Now more than any time before, a student’s success depends on access to technology. That’s where you can help. Make a donation today to help buy a laptop for a Project GRAD student. 


To donate by check:

  • Knox Education Foundation
  • Memo: Project GRAD
  • 912 S Gay Street, Suite #603
  • Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

To donate online, click here:

To donate by phone, call 865-582-4985

Project GRAD operates in Fulton and Austin East High Schools, but the program targets student success throughout their entire academic careers by offering resources and support at the elementary and middle levels to 12 feeder Knox Ed Foundation Community schools.

When the program began in 2001, the high school graduation rate at Project GRAD schools was 50 percent. Today, it’s 83 percent. Postsecondary enrollment has also increased, growing from 30 percent to 56 percent for total graduating classes.

Learn More: Project GRAD Knoxville

This year’s Project GRAD Laptop Telethon will be Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but you give NOW by check or online.

Project GRAD in the news

A hardworking Fulton senior will use her Project GRAD scholarship to further her goal of becoming a teacher. Meanwhile, another Fulton senior says she’s ready for college thanks to Project GRAD’s college prep program.

Back in April, our Lori Tucker emceed the Project GRAD virtual celebration and you can hear what this year’s graduates have to say about the program. Many of our East Tennessee businesses and organizations pitch in to help students succeed through Project GRAD.

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