Some service projects last for a few hours, and some last for a few days. For Deloitte, however, making sure that more students have access to higher education opportunities is a year-round commitment. It is for these reasons, and Deloitte lasting commitment to the Academies of Nashville, that they won the Corporate Service Project Category of the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer awards on Tuesday afternoon.
Deloitte’s efforts began in 2011 with the inaugural Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Drive for seniors at McGavock, Antioch, and Overton high schools. The school’s own efforts to promote financial air opportunities in previous years met some challenges- in 2010, only five students attended McGavock’s FAFSA workshop. When Deloitte jumped in, all of this changed.
Rather than making the drive a standalone event, Deloitte promotes FAFSA awareness throughout the school year. The Deloitte team organizes “Financial Aid Nights” at the schools, securing dynamic speakers to educate students about the availability for resources for college-bound graduates; hosts job shadowing for students; offers opportunities for students to visit local colleges; and organizes the FAFSA Drive, during which FAFSA volunteers provide individual assistance in completing each student’s application.
Teachers at each of the schools say that many of the families and students would not be able to move forward with their dream of postsecondary education without this type of one-on-one assistance.
These efforts, combined with the commitment and dedicated of the Deloitte volunteers, have resulted in a steady increase in the number of students completing FAFSA forms over the past three years. Thanks to Deloitte’s support, the dream of college is now a reality for 614 local students, and counting.
Congratulations and thank you for everything you do with the Academies of Nashville.