Last Updated: 3/13/2019 5:09 PM

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.

Mandatory Meeting

Each Spring, seniors are REQUIRED to attend a MANDATORY meeting regarding TNPromise. If a student must miss the mandatory TN Promise meetings on March 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at EHS, he or she must submit an excuse form on the tnAchieves website: prior to the meeting date or within 72 hours of the meeting. A student will only be excused if the form is submitted and for the following reasons:

  • Personal documented illness
  • Death in the family
  • Participating in a school sanctioned event (athletic, choir, national or state competition)

Please note, athletes must submit a game schedule and signed note from the coach to be excused. If a student has a death in the family, a death certificate, obituary, or a funeral service remembrance card must be submitted. If a student has a personal illness, a signed doctor’s excuse must be submitted. To make up the missed meeting, the students who submitted approved excuses will be contacted by email by a tnAchieves staff member to attend a make-up meeting. However, these meetings will not be at their high school. It will be at a high school close by if possible. The above information is found on page 41 of the tnAchieves student handbook given to seniors in October.

Please contact the person below for any additional questions or concerns.

Alyce Burdine
Regional Coordinator
10427 Petsafe Way
Knoxville, TN 37932
(Cell) 423-534-6600

Administration of Tennessee Promise

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) is the administrative agency for the Tennessee Promise program, working in partnership with local, non-profit partnering organizations that coordinate the mentoring and community service component. Once a student applies to the Tennessee Promise program, his or her respective partnering organization is responsible for coordinating regarding program requirements, mentorship connections, and determining if a student remains eligible for the Promise.