Our Vision: "We see a world of hope - where there are no limits on potential, the greatness in every child is inspired and celebrated, and dreams are realized through opportunities and education."
Project GRAD Knoxville (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) is a college/career access program serving fourteen high need public schools (ten elementary, two middle, two high) plus graduates of those two high schools who are pursuing post-secondary education. In partnership with Knox County Schools and the communities we serve, our mission is to impact generational change through education. Our K-16 approach focuses on: college/career access and success, social services support, family/neighborhood/community engagement, and intentional supports for disadvantaged students. Approximately 7,000 students are supported by school based staff, college support coaches, and field support. Additionally, computerized scholarship research centers are provided at the high schools. Both high schools are configured as small learning communities/academies. Upon graduation from either of the two high schools, eligible students receive a $4000 scholarship to any accredited post-secondary institution. The criteria for receiving this scholarship are: students must graduate on time, maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA, and complete two PGK college institutes.
I am a Project GRAD scholar, a high school and college graduate, and a current graduate student and part-time employee with Project GRAD Knoxville.
Project GRAD has supported me in many ways. It has also given me the opportunity to serve my community. I have participated on panels of graduates speaking to upcoming Project GRAD scholars. I have visited schools and answered student questions about college. I have met with our local board and acted as a student advocate. Most recently, I worked at the Project GRAD office, mentoring some of my younger peers with college and career access. My service has not been limited to my community. I have worked in other parts of the city working with children and young adults. I have even traveled to Haiti to offer my support.
I hope that as I complete my graduate degree I am able to make a difference in students' lives the same way that Project GRAD has made a difference in mine. I am thankful for their continued support, and I look forward to the impact I can make on students.