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Motlow's Laura Monks, David Ortiz named tnAchieves mentor, student of the month

Aug. 20 2015

Laura Monks, director of the Motlow College Fayetteville Center, and incoming Motlow freshman David Ortiz were recently named Mentor of the Month and Student of the Month, respectively, by tnAchieves.

Since 2008, the non-profit organization has been helping Tennessee students not only afford but excel in college. TnAchieves is the partnering organization to the Tennessee Promise scholarship in 85 of the 95 Tennessee counties. The organization's mission is to, "increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance."

Mentors help students earn various scholarships through programs such as Tennessee Promise. These volunteers are required to spend at least 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors with post-secondary education guidance.

Monks was chosen as Mentor of the Month for her exemplary service to the students she mentors.

"Graduation from high school is an exciting but scary time for many students and parents," said Monks. "These students have been waiting 12 years for this day to come. The fear of the unknown is a huge obstacle to setting a realistic goal past high school graduation. I chose to become a tnAchieves mentor so I could help students make an easy (and less scary) transition into the next chapter of their lives."

David Ortiz recently graduated from Shelbyville Central High School and will be attending Motlow beginning this fall semester with the help of Tennessee Promise. He plans on majoring in general studies.

While Tennessee Promise enables students to attend community college with no tuition, maintaining the scholarship requires students to perform community service. For his service, Ortiz weeded the garden, mowed the lawn and trimmed the hedges at Our Town Park garden in Shelbyville.

"The most rewarding part about community service is seeing that I can help people in the community who can't do difficult tasks, and knowing that I can make it a cleaner, friendlier place," said Ortiz. "Community service through tnAchieves has impacted me because I enjoyed helping people."

According to a recent tnAchieves newsletter, more than 22,000 tnAchieves students completed their first eight hours of community service; meaning a total of 200,000 hours were given to communities during the past seven months.

For more information about tnAchieves, please visit the tnAchieves website at Information about Tennessee Promise can be found at