With a record breaking 9,465 volunteers completing a tnAchieves mentor application, the
program has successfully exceeded its mentor recruitment goal for the TN Promise Class of
2019. This is a testament to local communities rallying around a common goal and supporting
local students. Countless businesses, civic clubs, non-profit and government organizations shared
the need and Tennesseans in every community responded.

“On behalf of the tnAchieves board of directors and the tnAchieves team, I cannot thank our
communities enough for their continued support of our program, our mission and ultimately our
students,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director of tnAchieves. “The mentors are the
heart of TN Promise and often are the difference makers as students transition from high school
to college. It is incredible what we can accomplish when we all pull in the same direction!”

In its fifth year, TN Promise experienced a record number of applicants from the graduating
Class of 2018. TN Promise seeks to increase the percentage of students accessing college and
ultimately earning a college credential as the state pushes toward 55 percent post-secondary
attainment by 2025.

“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the 9,465 volunteers across the state that answered the
call to serve as a mentor,” commented Graham Thomas, Deputy Director of Outreach at
tnAchieves. “TN Promise works because students have a local support system. For our students,
knowing someone is in their corner, advocating on their behalf, provides the confidence they
need to succeed.”

tnAchieves plans to leave the mentor application open through December 15 th in an effort to
assist those counties who have yet to meet their mentor need. The application can be found at

Launched in 2008, tnAchieves is a privately-funded scholarship and mentoring program that
seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post-secondary degree.
For information on tnAchieves, contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or