tnAchieves, the partnering organization to Governor Haslam's TN Promise in 83 counties, is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for the Class of 2019. TN Promise affords every high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a local community or technical college tuition free with mentor support. More than 64,000 students applied this year, making it the largest class of applicants yet! Most of the applicants come from low income households and will be the first person in their family to attend college. Many of these students require additional, non-financial support to ensure their success. tnAchieves provides that support by pairing each scholarship applicant with a volunteer mentor.  Lauderdale County is in need of at least 15 additional mentors for the Class of 2019.

Mentors spend about one hour per month reminding students of important deadlines, serving as a trusted college resource, and, most importantly, encouraging students to reach their full potential. It is a very small time commitment but the impact can be life changing for a first generation college student. More than 9,000 mentors are needed across the state by November 30th. Currently, the program still needs 3,000 volunteers to meet student demand! If you are interested you can apply at  Feel free to ask me any questions or contact tnAchieves deputy director, Graham Thomas, at (615) 604-1306 or

Click here to learn more about being a tnAchieves mentor.