2016 FAFSAMemphis Kickoff Event!

Carver High School students helped kick off the 2016 FAFSAMemphis campaign yesterday, January 7, in a crowded auditorium complete with cheerleaders, the school color guard, and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

The event, put together by Memphis Talent Dividend, an initiative of Leadership Memphis, was the official launch of a county-wide effort to increase FAFSA completion among high school graduates.

The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation and determines all federal grant and loan awards.

A handful of speakers, including TN Promise Executive Director, Mike Krause, and Mayor Mark Luttrell, informed the students of the importance of filling out the FAFSA and of the options available to them upon graduation.

“There is no excuse for not taking advantage of all the opportunities you have available to you,” Said Mayor Luttrell. “There is no excuse for you not being able to go to college because of a lack of resources.”

Mike Krause, speaking to the importance of filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible, explained that in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, every student must complete their forms by February 15.

TN Promise provides students a last-dollar scholarship to any of the state’s community colleges, technical centers, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.

Following the event, Carver High seniors attended a workshop where they were able to ask questions and receive hands on guidance on how to fill out the FAFSA forms.

FAFSAMemphis is a Memphis Talent Dividend initiative that began in 2015. Last year, through the hard work of  more than 100 community partners and high school counselors, the Shelby County community increased FAFSA completion from 60 percent to 88 percent. This year, with your help, FAFSAMemphis can do even better.

Visit fafsamemphis for more information on how you can be a part of the growing effort to  ensure all of our Shelby County students are set up to succeed.

Be a part of the conversation! Follow us on twitter, and use #FAFSAMemphis to see what other people in the community are doing to help.


TN Promise Executive Director Mike Krause

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell addresses Carver High School Students

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell

Caver student and teacher

Carver High seniors get hands on instruction