Tennessee Promise

Department of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Scholarship Programs
Room:  C2107, General Studies Building
Appointments:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.KEEP (5337)
Fax:  423.323.0240
Email:  promise@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/Promise


 
Announcement: The GREENSClub is looking for some hardworking students to help with our raised-bed gardens. We have 27 raised-bed gardens on the Blountville campus and need help with maintaining the beds. You could help with planting crops, harvesting crops, watering, and weeding. If you work the gardens, you’ll get to take home fresh organic produce. No special experience or knowledge required. If interested, please contact Jim Henrichs at 423.354.2481 or by email at jahenrichs@northeaststate.edu. You can also stop by his office (P202) in the Pierce Administration Building next to Admissions.  

Tennessee Promise LogoTennessee Promise is part of the state's Drive to 55 campaign, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025. Through Tennessee Promise, graduating high school seniors who meet and maintain eligibility criteria can earn an associate degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.


The Class of 2015 Tennessee Promise application deadline was November 1, 2014.

Financial Aid verification deadline was August 1, 2015.

Community Service reporting deadline was August 1, 2015. 

2015 Fall Student Requirements for Continued Tennessee Promise Eligibility

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours) during the semester.
  2. Complete the semester with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  3. Complete 8 hours of Community Service by December 1, 2015, to continue eligibility for Spring 2016.
  4. Community Service hours must be submitted through an online form found on the tnAchieves website by December 1, 2015. Go to to submit https://tnachieves.org/community-service-form the form.
  5. To check the status of your Community Service hours and/or your submission, please contact tnAchieves at volunteer@TnAchieves.org or 423.534.6600.
  6. Renew your Tennessee Promise application prior to the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Visit the tnAchieves website for information and application instructions.
  7. Contact 423.354.KEEP (5337) or email promise@NortheastState.edu with your questions.

High school seniors who are members of the graduating Class of 2016 should follow these guidelines and meet all deadlines to maintain eligibility for Tennessee Promise.

  1. The Class of 2016 Tennessee Promise application opened August 17, 2015.
  2. The Class of 2016 Tennessee Promise application deadline is November 2, 2015.
  3. Apply for Tennessee Promise here or check your status.
  4. Set up your TSAC account by following these Account Set-Up Instructions.
  5. Fill out your 2016-2017 FAFSA here or ask for assistance completing the FAFSA by contacting the Financial Aid Help Center.
  6. The deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 22, 2016.
  7. Attend the first mandatory team meeting by February 15, 2016.
  8. Apply for Admission to Northeast State as early as you can during the 2016 Spring Semester.
  9. Attend the second mandatory team meeting by April 15, 2016.
  10. Complete FAFSA verification by August 1, 2016.
  11. Complete your first 8 hours of Community Service by August 1, 2016.
  12. Read Tennessee Promise FAQs here or call 423.354.KEEP (5337).
  13. Visit http://tnpromise.gov/ to learn more.
  14. Email promise@NortheastState.edu with your questions.
  15. Refer your Tennessee Promise mentor to the Resources for Tennessee Promise Mentors below.
  16. Check out the local Community Service opportunities below.

The Mentor Handbook can be found on the tnAchieves web site. For more information on mentoring, please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or graham@tnachieves.org.

Northeast State Resources

Campus Engagement

For questions concerning Northeast State programs and services, please contact 423.354.KEEP (5337) or promise@NortheastState.edu.


Abuse Alternatives – Offering domestic violence intervention services. Volunteer needs are in the area of office administration, managing Facebook page, organizing and sorting donations, assisting at fundraising events, gardening and handy-man work. Contact: Dr. Flora Craig, Volunteer Coordinator at 423.652.9093 or volcoordinator@abusealternativesinc.org.

Bristol Rhythm and Roots – Celebrating Bristol's music heritage. Volunteers are needed the third weekend in September to set up, work ticket gate, sell concessions, etc. Contact: Debi Denney at 423.323.2463 or denney27@btes.tv.

Girls Incorporated of Bristol – Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Volunteers are needed help with paperwork, assist staff in programs with girls ages 5-18, or do basic cleaning and organizing around the office. Sites are located in Bristol and Piney Flats. Contact: Nicole Cullop at 276.669.8686 or Nicole_girlsinc@bvu.net.

Girls on the Run Northeast Tennessee – Assistant coaches and race day volunteers needed for after school hours 2 times a week at sites throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Get up, get out, and come prepare a group of girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. In between the high fives and energy cheers, these girls will look up to you as a role model of what it means to live confidently. You've got it. Help them get it too. You don't have to be a runner; all you need is the passion and energy to change girls' lives! Contact: Becky Dunkelberger, Program Manager, at 423.946.2234 or becky.dunkelberger@girlsontherun.org.

Healing Hands – Supplying medical/dental/vision help for the needy. Mentors and chaperones are needed for doctor and nurse visits. Volunteers can also pack bags for distribution at expos and health fairs and attend those events to support the staff. Other needs are landscaping and general maintenance. Contact: Amy Mosley at 423.817.1101 or amy@healinghandshealthcenter.org.

Wellmont: Bristol Regional Medical Center – Volunteers are needed in 4 hour shifts to assist with reception/waiting room, clerical, greeting, helping on patient floors, and beverage/snack cart and magazine/mail delivery. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Contact: Volunteer Services at www.wellmont.org/Volunteering.


Assistance Resource Ministries – Volunteers can help with greeting clients, food bank distributions, organizing donations of clothing and household items, and intakes for new clients. Contact: Nikki Jones at 423.542.0919.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-Cities – Volunteers are needed to tutor, coach, read, play small games, and interact with children. A background check is required. The Elizabethton club is located on Elk Avenue near Pizza Inn. Contact: Samantha Kerley at 423.543.2946 or skerley@bgcecc.org.

Carter County Animal Shelter – Volunteers can help with answering phone calls, other general office work, walking or working with the animals, and animal adoption events. Contact: April Jones at animalshelter@cartercountytn.gov.

Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center – Volunteers can help with physical therapy sessions, exercise classes, and other activities. Contact: Kathy Dula at 423.543.4362.

United Way – Volunteers are needed to help with administrative assistance, fundraising, and Community Impact events which include financial independence workshops, career fairs, and poverty simulation skill sets. Event workers can work one on one with community members. Interested students with marketing and design skills are strongly encouraged to volunteer to assist with t-shirt and website design, social media management, and other marketing. Contact: Cheri Tinney at 423.543.6975 or director@uwayecc.org.   


American Cancer Society – Volunteers can help with general office duties, Relay for Life events, Making Strides program, Reach To Recovery program, Road To Recovery program, Look Good…Feel Better program, and monthly support groups. Contact: Jessica Poff, Community Representative, at 423.282.7010 or Jessica.poff@cancer.org or Tammie Richardson, Office Manager, at 423.975.0635.

American Heart Association – Promoting a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of heart disease and strokes. Volunteers can help with Heart Walk events, Go Red for Women, health fairs, and expos. Contact: Joette Street at 423.416.7740 or joette.street@heart.org.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-Cities – Volunteers are needed to tutor, coach, read, play small games, and interact with children. A background check is required. The Johnson City Club is located on West Market Street near the Medical Center. Contact: Heather Logan at 423.461.4560 Ext. 1002 or hlogan@gokidz.org.

Children's Advocacy Center – Combating child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse by coordinating and providing services to children in a safe, caring environment. A background check, application process, and interview are required. Volunteers can help with school based presentations, office work, fundraising events, and other programs. Contact: 423.926.6528 for more information.

Coalition for Kids – Changing the world one child at a time. Volunteers are needed to assist students in grades 1-6 with homework in an after school setting or serve with evening programming. A background check is required and orientation is provided. Hours needed: 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Contact: Asia Fleming at 423.434.2031 or afleming@coalitionforkids.org.

Girls on the Run Northeast Tennessee – Assistant coaches and race day volunteers needed for after school hours 2 times a week at sites throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Get up, get out, and come prepare a group of girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. In between the high fives and energy cheers, these girls will look up to you as a role model of what it means to live confidently. You've got it. Help them get it too. You don't have to be a runner; all you need is the passion and energy to change girls' lives! Contact: Becky Dunkelberger, Program Manager, at 423.946.2234 or becky.dunkelberger@girlsontherun.org.

Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc. – Volunteers are needed to help with the food pantry, front desk, Heaven Sent Thrift Store, sorting and shelving donations, and various other programs throughout the year. Sites are located in Johnson City and Piney Flats. Contact: Dessie Oliver or Bud Campbell at 423.928.0288 or dessie@goodsamjc.org.

James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center – Looking for volunteers to help out our nation's heroes. A wide-range of volunteer opportunities are available depending on individual interest and availability. Contact: Stephanie Justus at 423.926.1171 Ext. 2470 or Stephanie.justus@va.gov

Johnson City Meals on Wheels – Volunteers are needed to deliver meals Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Johnson City area. Contact: Karen Parker at 423.483.8409 or kparker@fthra.org.

Johnson City Medical Center – Volunteers are needed to assist at the Gift Shop, Information Desk, and Medical Records. Trolley Drivers, Hospital Ministries (ICU Waiting Room), Volunteer Services Office Help, and Care Ambassadors are also needed. Contact: Jackie O'Sullivan at 423.431.3543 or osullivanjt@msha.com.

Johnson City Public Library – Volunteers are needed to clean and dust books and keep shelves in order. Hours Needed: Monday through Thursday during the day. Contact: Celeste Smedley at 423.434.4474 or celeste.smedley@jcpl.net.

One Acre Café – A community restaurant for everyone. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food, clean tables, wash and dry dishes, perform general maintenance, and clean. Contact: 423.483.0517 or oneacrecafe@gmail.com

Red Cross Blood Center – Volunteers are needed to greet people or work in the canteen. Contact: Gwen Hunter at 423.928.7541 Ext. 13 or huntergr@usa.redcross.org.

Tree Streets Garden Project – A community garden site helping to produce more vegetables for the local community. Volunteers can work in the garden, landscape, mow grass, etc. Contact: Lyn Govette at 734.330.4356 via call or text, govette@goldmail.etsu.edu, or visit their Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/TreeStreetsGardenProject.


AMEDISYS – Hospice Care of Kingsport – Offering help to patients with chronic illness and their families. Volunteers can sit with patients, visit them in healthcare facilities, and relieve caregivers. Contact: Cassie Parrish, Volunteer Coordinator at 423.288.9777 or Cassandra.parrish@amedisys.com.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-Cities – Volunteers are needed to tutor, coach, read, play small games, and interact with children. A background check is required. The Kingsport club is located behind Texas Roadhouse and Pratt's Barbeque off East Stone Drive. Contact: Nastassia Taylor at 423.230.4160 or programs@kbgc.org.

Girls on the Run Northeast Tennessee – Assistant coaches and race day volunteers needed for after school hours 2 times a week at sites throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Get up, get out, and come prepare a group of girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. In between the high fives and energy cheers, these girls will look up to you as a role model of what it means to live confidently. You've got it. Help them get it too. You don't have to be a runner; all you need is the passion and energy to change girls' lives! Contact Becky Dunkelberger, Program Manager, at 423.946.2234 or becky.dunkelberger@girlsontherun.org.

Holston Habitat for Humanity – Volunteers can help at the work site to build a house or provide food for the builders or at the office to assist with data entry, copying, collating, filing and sending special mailings. Contact: Barry Osborne at 423.335.5573. Another area of need is at the Habitat ReStore in Kingsport to sort, price, and sell or pickup and deliver merchandise. Volunteer opportunities that compliment different skill set are also available. Contact: Milburn Lane at 423.378.4760 or restore@holstonhabitat.org.

Red Cross – Offering emergency help, education/CPR training, and support to military families serving worldwide. Volunteers are needed for disaster preparedness education, disaster assistance, clerical duties, military family support, and fundraising events. Contact: Glenda Bobalik at 423.765.4222 or glenda.bobalik@redcross.org or visit the website Redcross.org/netn.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee – Offering food for students through the Food for Kids Backpack program and food for the community through the Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteer help is needed with sorting food, salvage, mobile food pantry distribution, loading trucks, and the summer food service program. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for warehouse work and varying hours for other programs. Contact: Tina Lavine, Volunteer Coordinator at 423.279.0430 Ext. 228 or volunteers@netfoodbank.org or visit the website http://www.netfoodbank.org.

Small Miracles – Offering therapeutic equine assisted activities to enhance the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of persons with special needs or high/at risk youth. Volunteers are needed to work with students in lessons and assist with Equine Partners between lessons. No horse experience is necessary; however, a one and a half hour training is required. Contact: Linda McBride at 423.349.1111 or lindamcbridesm@yahoo.com or visit the website small-miracles.org.

Sullivan County Humane Society – Offering low cost spay/neuter for pets whose owners live or work in Sullivan County. Volunteers are needed for fundraising events for low cost spay/neuter program, racks by the tracks wash-n-wag dog wash at the Animile and emergency medical care for animals at Kingsport and Blountville animal shelters. Contact: Jamie Aerosmith at 423.943.0747.

UETHDA, Inc. – Upper East TN Human Development Agency Head Start Program – Working with 3-year-olds in a day care setting Tuesday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to read with and play games with the students. Contact: Brenda Defriece at 423.341.1350.

Wellmont: Holston Valley Medical Center Volunteers are needed in 4 hour shifts to assist with reception/waiting room, clerical, greeting, helping on patient floors, beverage/snack cart, and magazine/mail delivery. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Contact: Volunteer Services at www.wellmont.org/Volunteering.


Rocky Mount Museum – Historical reenactors are needed (orientation provided) along with genealogical researchers, maintenance workers, gardeners and landscapers. Contact: Gary Walrath at 423.538.7396 or gwalrath@rockymountmuseum.com.

Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc. – Volunteers are needed to help with the food pantry, front desk, Heaven Sent Thrift Store, sorting and shelving donations, and various other programs throughout the year. Sites are located in Johnson City and Piney Flats. Contact: Dessie Oliver or Bud Campbell at 423.928.0288 or dessie@goodsamjc.org.



Mentors are crucial to the Tennessee Promise program. Mentors help students navigate the college admissions process and keep on track with Tennessee Promise requirements in order to receive the scholarship. Northeast State's service area is Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. 

Who can become a mentor?

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Apply online by November 20, 2015
  • 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

To become a mentor in your community and help students from your local high schools, sign up with tnAchieves here. For more information, please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or graham@tnachieves.org. Deadline to apply is November 20, 2015.



Featured Community Service Opportunity

Volunteer with the Honors Glow Run on Friday, August 26! To register, email Jane Honeycutt at  jbhoneycutt@NortheastState.edu.

Volunteer Sign-up Form

Honors Glow Run Flyer