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Free Screening of American Promise on Thursday

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
April 25, 2014
12:00 am
You are invited to a free screening of the POV documentary American Promise – an intimate and provocative account recorded over 12 years of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious–and historically white–private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including members of Project GRAD Knoxville, students from Austin East High School and community leaders.
“American Promise provides an outstanding honest portrayal of the complexities involved in steering black boys to success where cultural barriers and environmental obstacles still remain.” — Alvin F. PoussaintMDProfessor of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School
Support for this screening comes from American Graduate, Project GRAD Knoxville and POV.
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Admission is free and open to the public.  Please feel free to forward this email and invite others to attend.
We hope to see you there!

First Annual Citywide Baccalaureate To Be Held In Knoxville

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
May 4, 2014
12:00 am

UT Renews Committment to Project GRAD

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The University of Tennessee held a press conference this afternoon where Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced that UT is renewing its commitment to Project GRAD Summer Institutes and will provide $150,000 each year for the next five years. Chancellor Cheek explained how Project GRAD aligns with the University and the state’s goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with  postsecondary degrees and that Project GRAD helps make the college experience more accessible to students from under-represented groups.

Two Project GRAD scholars also spoke to the media as they shared information about their Project GRAD experience and the impact on their life as a result of being a Project GRAD scholar. Christie Banks spoke first and shared how Project GRAD staff assisted her with the college application process and make her comfortable when she went to college. Christie is a Class 2007 Fulton graduate and Class of 2011 UT graduate who presently works in the Admissions Department at the University of Tennessee. Jonathan Blair also spoke to the media and stated how his involvement with Project GRAD helped lay a foundation for his future path and how Project GRAD Knoxville gives students the motivation to find resources they may need.

Read more in the media release here:

College and Career Month 2014

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Busy month with College and Career activities in February. Schools have held mini college fairs, college and career dress up days, invited special guest to speak to students about their careers, and held ACT tutoring sessions just to mention a few. This has been an exciting month!


Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday evening as we honor approximately 140 students who have worked hard to meet the requirements for graduation from Austin-East and Fulton High Schools and have earned the Project GRAD scholarship. An exciting evening has been planned for this group of scholars as we celebrate with them and their families this accomplishment.

Event will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center on Sunday, April 13, 2014 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

This is an invitation only event!