First TNPromise meeting was held Wednesday

Friday, January 9, 2015
Mayor and TNPromise Mentor Joe Boyd Liggett goes over deadlines with his students. Liggett is both a Mentor and the Coordinator over the program within the three high schools, all while running the county.

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Seniors from Marshall County's three high schools - Cornersville, Forrest, and Marshall County - convened Wednesday at MCHS for the first TNPromise Student and Mentor meeting of the year.

Conducted by Jennifer Dreis, regional coordinator for tnAchieves and Director for Marshall County, students had the opportunity to meet with their mentors, while Dreis went over deadlines and learned what is expected of them under the program.

TNPromise serves as a mentoring and scholarship program and provides students a "last- dollar" scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by either the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or Tennessee Student Assistance Awards (TSAA).

Ronda Williams of Columbia State Community College, Julie Gang from Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Pulaski, and Ivan Jones with TCAT in Shelbyville each spoke about programs offered through their school and set up booths for the students who needed more information.

Kiyoko Puca, a senior at Forrest High, originally planned to go to Middle Tennessee State University for four years, but decided to go to Columbia State for two years and transfer to the University of Chattanooga for a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.

Each student is assigned a mentor who follows their progress and gives them advice and information that helps them continue the process of remaining eligible.

For instance, the students are required to attend two team meetings, complete eight hours of volunteer work, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and keep in touch with their mentors. Students who failed to attend the first meeting, without showing proof of a doctors or parental excuse within 72-hours of the meeting, were automatically dropped from the program.

The second TNPromise meeting is to be held at 5:30 p.m., on March 3 at the MCHS gymnasium. Students should apply to at least one college before the meeting.