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Mentors needed for Tennessee Promise students

LYNCHBURG, TN (June 30, 2016) — Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise Coordinator Jonathan Graham is urging any interested Motlow faculty, staff and administrators, and members of the general public, to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program.

"Our goal last year was to become the community college with the highest percentage of employee mentors, and I am happy to say we accomplished that," said Graham. "However, the need is great for even more mentors due to the continued success of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program."

Mentor applications are now being accepted for the upcoming fall semester at Motlow State. According to Graham, 500-600 mentors could be needed, based on the number of students eligible for the Promise.

The application will be open until Nov. 20, and can be accessed at

Currently, 3,413 students who reside within Motlow's 11-county service area remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise Program.

In 2015, Motlow had almost 100 employees who served as mentors to incoming Tennessee Promise students. Becoming a mentor takes very little time, but can leave a lasting impact on the student.

This year, Motlow will be reaching out to community leaders, Chamber of Commerce representatives, local churches, retirement centers, and local businesses to recruit mentors.

In order to become a mentor, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Apply online by November 20, 2016
  • Be subject to a background check
  • Complete mandatory mentor training by February 15
  • Attend mandatory High School Team Meeting in March or April
  • Attend mandatory College Team Meeting in September

For more information about the Tennessee Promise at Motlow, visit or contact Jonathan Graham, Motlow Tennessee Promise coordinator, at or 615-220-7839.