Education/Leadership Foundation Team

Vision - Jefferson County Education system will have an emphasis on life-long education focusing on academic excellence, workplace readiness, and cultural appreciation.  

The following are the most recent activities:

  • The P-16 initiative continues to work on plans for gifted students and reading plans.
  • Fully transitioned the Jefferson Community Scholarship into the new statewide Tennessee Promise Scholarship. 
  • Evaluate additional strategies and action partners for the new year. 


Click to learn more about TN PROMISE

TN Promise offers every high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free with mentor support. In the first year alone more than 58,000 students applied and were accepted into the program.


Seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.

While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.


For more information, please contact: 
Graham Thomas
Director of Community Partnerships, tnAchieves
10427 PetSafe Way, Knoxville, TN 37932
(615) 604-1306




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Initial tnAchieves Investors for Jefferson County
(2012 -2014):








Bill & Marla Black