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Tennessee Promise

High School 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.

Walters State Promise

Tennessee Promise is a last dollar scholarship program available to Tennessee high school graduates which can provide free tuition for up to two years at a community or technical college. This last dollar scholarship program will cover tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS), or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). A key component to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship program is the mentoring provided for each student to help them transition from high school to college. Three organizations serve as local partners and administer the mentorship component of the program and they include: The Ayers Foundation, REDI and tnAchieves.

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Eligibility for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program

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Maintain Eligibility for Tennessee Promise

Terminating Events

Students that have maintained all of the eligibility requirements may continue to receive the scholarship until one of the following events has occurred:

  • Student has earned a diploma or associate’s degree; or
  • Student has attended five semesters, exclusive of a leave of absence. (an approved leave of absence shall not count against the five semester limit)

Loss of Eligibility and Appeal Process

Students may submit an appeal or request for a leave of absence to the Financial Aid Office for consideration by the Institutional Review Panel for any of the following reasons:

  • Illness of the student
  • Illness or death of immediate family member
  • Extreme Financial Hardship of student or student’s immediate family
  • To fulfill a religious commitment
  • Other extraordinary circumstance that was beyond the control of the student

Please be sure to submit a detailed explanation and supporting documentation for the reason listed in the appeal. The appeal forms are available in the Financial Aid Office. If the appeal is approved eligibility will be reinstated for future terms. If the appeal is denied, students may appeal directly to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.


Community Service Requirement

Complete 8 hours for each semester you receive Tennessee Promise funding, to be completed before the start of each term. 

Click here for more information regarding the community service requirement.

July 1
prior to Fall Semester 
December 3
prior to Spring Semester
April 1
prior to Summer Semester

Failure to complete the community service requirement will result in the loss of the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Already completed your service requirement?

Please click here to fill out the required Community Service Form.

Still need service hours?

Explore local community service organizations

Click on a County name below to expand and view available options:


  • Upper Room Ministries
    Contact Joheny Russell at 423-489-7773.

    Upper Room Ministries are in need of volunteers to assist with Hand Up food distribution to whoever is in need in Claiborne County. Individual volunteers and groups work together on Friday to count items, check dates on food items, sort and categorize donated items, and box for the food distribution on Saturday. Saturday volunteers will assist with distribution and if needed, assisting food boxes to vehicles. Hand Up is held on the second Friday and Saturday of each month and is located on Hwy 33S, New Tazewell, TN (across from Gose Park).
  • Claiborne County Habitat for Humanity
    Contact or 865-278-3547 to volunteer.
  • Goodwill Thrift Store
    To volunteer at the New Tazewell store, contact 423-626-1909.

    To volunteer at the Rutledge store, contact 865-828-5663.
  • Regional Education Center
    Contact Roger Hansard at 423-526-7513
    1724 Epps St.
  • Manna House
    Contact Lisa Perry at 423-626-8765
    3230 Hwy. 25E
  • Servolution
    Contact Tammy Anstett at 423-851-1086
    245 Powell Valley School Lane, Speedwell, TN 37870
  • Pump Springs Baptist
    Contact Greg Ball at 423-869-8323
    225 Pump Springs Road, Harrogate, TN 37752
  • Cumberland Gap National Park
    Contact Pam Eddy at 606-246-1072
    91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965

Cocke County

  • Volunteer Income Tax Aide in Newport, TN at Newport Housing. Training is required to be a tax aide or a greeter. Please contact Carlene Robinson for more information. 423-623-7296 ext. 4 or at
  • Cocke County Habitat for Humanitycheck their website or call 423-625-9748.
  • Newport Animal Shelter
    check their website, email or call 423-623-1010.


  • Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity
    Check out their website or call 423-586-9431 for more information.
  • Grainger County Humane Society
    Call 865-567-0832 for more information.
  • Hope Reins
    Check out their website, email or call 423-921-4525.

    Hope Reins (645 Wachtel Road, Bean Station, TN 37708) accepts volunteers to work with rescue horses. Opportunities include horse care, grounds maintenance, landscaping, help with riding lessons for at-risk children, and more.


  • Greene County Schools
    Main Office - 423-639-4194
  • Greene Co Humane Society
  • Mustang Alley Horse Rescue
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County
  • Greene County Road Superintendent
  • Greene Co. Skills
  • Greene Co. Firewood Ministry
    David Andrew at 423-552-5301
  • The Living Free Complex
  • Sunrise Community
    Stacy Knight Songer at 423-636-1333 ext. 312
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hill Street Church of God
  • Lakebridge Health Care Center, Home office in Johnson City
  • Living Free Center of Hope
  • Davy Crockett State Park
    Contact park manager Bill Knapp at 423-257-2167

    Davy Crockett State Park is currently needs volunteers for trail construction and maintenance in an attempt to meet a state park initiative of having the nation’s best trail system! Trail work would consist of brush and vegetation removal, weed eating, leveling trails with shovels and other hand tools, adding signage, shorter distance hiking, and more. Volunteers will always be within a quarter mile of a main road and bathroom.

  • Rural Resources
  • Doak Elementary School
    Jessie Beth Miller at 423-638-3197


  • Helen Ross McNabb Center
    For more information, please contact Rebecca McKnight at or 865- 392-9176.

    The Helen Ross McNabb Center has several special events throughout the year to raise funds for mental health services to families in East Tennessee. Volunteers are needed for the following events:
    • Big BBQ Bash – June 26-27, 2015 at Founder’s Square in Maryville, TN
    • Russell Bivens Clayfest Tournament – August 7-8, 2015 at Chilhowee Sportsman Club in Maryville, TN
    • Evening of Hope – August 15, 2015 at Morristown Hamblen High School West in Morristown, TN
    • Knoxville Challenger – November 1-8, 2015 at University of Tennessee Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, TN
    • Dear Santa – December 7-11, 2015 at John Tarlton campus in Knoxville, TN
  • Panther Creek State Park
    Contact Tara Wethington at or 423-587-7046.

    Weekly volunteer opportunities are available at Panther Creek State Park (2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, TN 37814) including maintenance and janitorial work, exotic plant and litter removal, administrative tasks and assistance with programs and special events. Please call ahead to schedule a volunteer day.
  • Memory Care Unity at Regency Retirement Village
    For more information, contact Cristi Coats at or 318-617-7735 (call or text).

    The Regency Retirement Village is looking for volunteers to serve residence. Students can simply visit residents, sing, do activities, etc.
    • Volunteers are needed June 15-19 before 4:30 pm; July 9 at 9 am or 3 pm; and/or July 10-11.
  • The Latino Task Force in Morristown
    Please contact Willie Santana at 423-586-3083 or

    The LTF is a group formed for the purpose of linking Latinos with organizations and businesses for the promotion of strong and unified communities. The LTF in Morristown is in need of volunteers to provide administration support with several projects.
  • Stepping out Ministries in Morristown
    Please contact Melanie Owens at 423-748-9910 for more information.
  • Dumplin Valley Boys and Girls Club, White Pine, TN.
    Please contact Melissa Johnson at 865-761-0146 or

    Volunteers are needed in the education room to tutor students from kindergarten to fifth grade in the afternoons, Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority and Hamblen Interagency Coalition
    Contact Cassandra “KC” Curberson-Alvarado at 423-318-6912 or

    The Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority and any organization associated with the Hamblen Interagency Coalition will gladly accept volunteers.
  • Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity
    Check out their website or call 423-586-9431 for more information.


  • Over Home Animal Rescue
    For more information about volunteering with their rescue animals, email


  • Hawkins Habitat for Humanity
    Email or call 423-272-1830 for more information.
  • Hawkins County Humane Society Animal Shelter
    To volunteer at the animal shelter, call 423-272-6538.
  • Meals on Wheels – Rogersville Senior Center
    Contact 865-272-9186 for more information.
  • Of One Accord Ministry
    Contact or 423-272-4626 to volunteer.

    Of One Accord Ministry is looking for volunteers to help with the food pantry, sort clothes at the thrift store, assist in home repairs, deliver meals to the elderly, and more.


  • Appalachian Outreach
    Please contact or call 865-475-5611 for more information.

    Appalachian Outreach is a poverty relief ministry in partnership with the community providing home repairs, food baskets, clothing, firewood, and shelter. Volunteers are needed on an on-going basis, but must serve in a minimum of two-hour increments.
  • Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity
    Contact or call 865-741-0069 for more information.


  • The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge
    If you are interested, call Amy Harper or Kathy Voncannon at 865-430-5727.

    Dates Vary; 8:00 am. The owners of The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge give the coins from their fountain to the United Way. They need volunteers to help remove the coins from the fountain. They remove the coins once a week, beginning at 8:00 am. It takes about an hour, and involves using a wet vac, as well as manually removing coins from crevices, etc. Volunteers will need to wear old tennis shoes or rain boots. The Old Mill/United Way will provide gloves. There is room for three volunteers in the fountain at a time. Dates are flexible.
  • Sevier County Public Library
    Please contact Kathy Bradley at

    The Sevier County Public Library has various volunteer opportunities available.
  • Seven Islands State Birding Park
    Contact Ranger Tyler Farrar at or 865-306-4839.

    Seven Islands State Birding Park (2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN) is welcome to assist Park Rangers with park maintenance and special events. Volunteer groups are accepted anytime. Please contact the park in advance to schedule dates.


  • Union County Humane Society
    Contact Tammy Rouse at or 865-992-7969 for volunteer opportunities.
  • Union County Historical Society
    Contact JV Waller at or 865-599-4385.

    The Union County Historical Society is looking for volunteers, especially on Sunday afternoons.
  • Maynardville Public Library
    Contact Chantay Collins at or 865-924-3107.

    Volunteer opportunities are available at the public library. Visit the website for more information.
  • Luttrell Public Library
    Contact Kimberly Todd at or 865-206-1788.

    Volunteer opportunities are available at the public library. Visit the website for more information.

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