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The Ayers Foundation

  • The Ayers Foundation
  • 7871 Hwy. 100
  • Reagan, TN 38368
  • 1999

Program Description

The Ayers Foundation Scholars Program is an effective college access and success program currently providing comprehensive services to five high schools and two community colleges in rural West, Middle, and East Tennessee. Founded in 1999, The Ayers Foundation model provides services beginning in the 8th grade and continues services into and through college. The program has shown dramatic success in increasing college-going rates, persistence, and completion. The Ayers Foundation uses a comprehensive college counseling model. The Ayers Foundation model links best practices of academic readiness, changes in school culture, and college enrollment and attainment. 100% of students enrolled at participating high schools receive services from The Ayers Foundation. Since inception, every student has had access to higher education provided by an individualized plan with a college access counselor. The scholars program is more than college access; it prepares and works with each student to provide resources so they are prepared to be college eligible, successful, and in the end, work-force ready.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 500
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Jackson State Community College (1)
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1)
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (1)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1)
  • The University of Tennessee-Martin (1)
  • Union University (1)
  • University of Memphis (1)