Mentors needed to help Tennessee Promise students succeed

Emily Thomsen (CQ), Marissa Wood and Alex Lewis, from left, talk with Tennessee Achieves regional coordinator Meghan Woodward, right, during an event at the Unum atrium on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The event was held to encourage Unum employees to sign up to be mentors to help with Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Achieve.

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The deadline for seniors to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 2. To apply visit Mentors for Tennessee Promise students will be recruited through Nov. 20. To learn more about being a mentor and to apply visit

This spring, Blake Bozarth sent texts reminding four seniors at the Howard School to fill out their college scholarship applications before the deadline.

He chatted with the boys about basketball and the music playing from their phones, but he said the real intention behind these interactions was to hold the seniors accountable to walking across the stage at graduation.

Bozarth, director of enterprise risk management at Unum, said he knew the opportunity these students had if they graduated and were able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise - becoming the first in their families to attend college.