Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday the state is extending the deadline to apply to be a mentor for the 2017 class of Tennessee Promise students.

The new deadline to apply to become a tnAchieves mentor is Monday. The initial deadline was Sunday.

Tennessee Promise still needs more than 2,000 people to reach its goal of having 9,000 mentors to help students transition from high school to college, according to Haslam’s Facebook page.

Here’s how many more mentors are needed by East Tennessee county, according to tnAchieves spokesperson Krissy DeAlejandro:

Anderson County – 23 needed

Blount County – met goal

Campbell County – 18 needed

Claiborne County – Two needed

Cocke County – 10 needed

Cumberland County – One needed

Grainger County – 11 needed

Greene County – 42 needed

Hamblen County – Four needed

Hancock County – One needed

Jefferson County – met goal

Knox County – Seven needed

Loudon County – 14 needed

Monroe County – 34 needed

Morgan County – Two needed

Roane County – met goal

Scott County – 28 needed

Sevier County – 41 needed

Union County – Five needed

A key part of the program is the volunteer mentors that are paired with each student.

Mentors must meet the following criteria:

· Be 21 years or older

· Meet the Nov. 21, 2016, deadline

· Be subject to a background check

· Complete mandatory mentor training by Feb. 15, 2017

· Attend the mandatory high school team meeting in March or April

· Attend the mandatory college team meeting in the fall

TnAchieves is a partnering organization to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship in 85 of the 95 counties in Tennessee