• Education hero
  • A commitment to education

    To plant the seeds of success, about one-third of our foundation giving goes to helping and educating youth. Our volunteers provide tutoring and other services to students. First Tennessee Foundation funds Teach for America in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee Achieves and numerous college scholarship programs. Other foundation support includes:

    Memphis: We fund a major grant in support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donation for teacher effectiveness in city schools, the New Leaders program to recruit and retain excellent principals and the Shelby County Schools Foundation fund for school consolidation.

    Middle Tennessee: Financial center employees volunteer in local K-12 schools through a relationship with the PENCIL Foundation.

    Northeast Tennessee: We partner with and support Tusculum College in Greeneville, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and Northeast State Community College in Blountville, through scholarships and grants. We also sponsor the educational programs of the Boys and Girls Club in Kingsport, Girls Incorporated, Coalition for Kids, the Hands on Museum, as well as the Heritage Alliance of Northeast TN and Southwest VA.

    East Tennessee/Knoxville: Sponsors the annual University of Tennessee MBA Symposium, an enrichment opportunity for MBA candidates and the community to hear from some of the nation’s most prominent business executives. Sponsors the Knox County Schools Coupon Book Sale, participates in the Knox County Schools Adopt-A-School program, and supports Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, Johnson University, Maryville City Schools, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee’s Adult GED Basic Education classes and Friends of Literacy.

    Chattanooga: We volunteer and our foundation funds classrooms in the public schools' business partner programs in Bradley, Catoosa and Hamilton counties. Bank employees teach financial literacy classes to students of all ages through our Housing Development, YMCA and Girl Scout programs.