tnAchieves gets $200K boost

Susan EspirituOur Town Neighbors

SouthEast Bank announced last week a $200,000 investment in tnAchieves, an education non-profit which has impacted more than 630,000 college students across 83 Tennessee counties, seeing significant improvement in first-year retention, three-year graduation and six-year graduation rates.

This partnership aims to enhance higher education access for Knox County students, particularly those facing financial barriers. The funds will support initiatives like Knox Access, placing college access coaches in local high schools to guide students through essential college preparation milestones.

Krissy DeAlejandro, president and CEO of tnAchieves, said the gift will help create  a more sustainable pathway to a college degree.

In 15 years, tnAchieves has grown to become a nationally recognized leader in college access and success by providing holistic student supports rooted in community and accountability. Learn more about tnAchieves at

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