Scholarships Scholarships

The Community Foundation is proud to offer more than $110,000 in 25+ categories each year in scholarship funds to students from the Memphis area. Most scholarship opportunities we offer were created to honor a different person, profession, school, or educational goal. Most are for graduating high school seniors. 

The online application process for 2019-2020 is closed. The 2020-2021 application process will open in January 2020.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the Community Foundation's application process. Email (vlangston [at] cfgm [dot] org) Grants & Initiatives Associate Vanessa Langston or call her at (901) 722-0032 with any questions.

Available Scholarships

Below is a list of Community Foundation scholarships. For brief descriptions, click the (+) to the right of each scholarship. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the Community Foundation's application process.

Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship

This scholarship benefits graduating high school seniors who attend Shelby County Schools high schools and will attend LeMoyne-Owen College.

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Community Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis offers a scholarship to one or more outstanding students living in the metropolitan Memphis area who are civically engaged.

Constance Butler Goforth Education Fund

The scholarship honors Mrs. Constance Butler Goforth and is awarded to applicants displaying academic excellence, community service, and financial need. A scholarship recipient may reapply up to three times for a total of four awards over four years.

Don Poier Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship assists well-rounded, public high school students living in Shelby County, Tenn., who demonstrate strong character and are actively involved in school and the community. The scholarship must be used towards the student’s freshman year of college.

James A. Hyter Vocal Music Scholarship

This scholarship provides college scholarships to students with vocal talent and a love of music in memory of James A. Hyter.

Kylen C. Bares Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship assists at least one student annually from the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering and/or a Shelby County Schools high school. This includes charter schools, contract schools, and public high schools within Shelby County Schools.

Maxine A. Smith Scholarship

This scholarship honors Maxine A. Smith and is awarded to graduating high school seniors who have participated in the ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) program. This is a one-time scholarship opportunity.

Mildred Galloway Scholarship

This scholarship honors Mildred Galloway and is awarded to a student from Shelby County Schools whose high school study is in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Ruby Holmes Hefley Scholarship

This scholarship provides for the children of parents with disabilities. The applicant’s study may be in any academic area. 

Claude P. Thompson Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to further the post-secondary education of students residing in a non-traditional home or to further the education of a single parent.

Edna Fant McConnell Scholarship

This scholarship supports and encourages single mothers as they pursue careers in their chosen professions.

Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides adults the opportunity to pursue higher education later in life.

Mykea Rainey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Mykea Andrea Rainey and is awarded to public school students to help achieve the dream of completing a post-secondary education.

Ruth H. Mims Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Ruth Holmes Mims, and seeks to make it possible for deserving students to have a chance to attend college.

Abell Family String Scholarship

This scholarship honors the work of Usher Abell and Jack Abell in the realm of stringed music education, student mentoring, and increased access to instruments and quality teachers for all who want to learn. It is meant for those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to become musicians themselves. 

The Original Fayette County Civic and Welfare League Scholarship

This scholarship fund advances the educational opportunities of African- American students in Fayette County to create a more just nation and world.

Harold & Ida Jamison Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to African-American, graduating high school seniors from Booker T. Washington High School and/or Metropolitan Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Indian Community of Memphis Scholarship

This scholarship, established by the Indian Community of Memphis, gives back to Memphis by providing aid to students who are in need of financial assistance.  Students must be seniors graduating from selected Shelby County High Schools.

Sierra Simone Wright Scholarship

This scholarship provides a graduating senior of Booker T. Washington High School financial assistance to attend the University of Memphis.

Helen S. Blair Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to earn a college degree that includes a minimum of 12 semester hours in the Finnish language, Finnish culture, and/or Finnish studies.

Kicklighter Family Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial support to graduates of Raleigh-Egypt High School who have the interest and drive to pursue higher education, but who may not be able to further their education without financial support. 

Stephen Lowe Memorial Scholarship

This fund memorializes Stephen Wayne Lowe, son of Paul and Sara Lowe, who was involved in a tragic car accident on December 19, 1997. The scholarship assists Bolton High School students and students who attend Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett. 

Joseph W. Westbrook Scholarship

This scholarship, started in 1993 by several of Dr. Westbrook’s former students, annually benefits one Melrose High School student.

Annie Ervin Willis Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior that lives or attends school or church in the 38106, 38114, 38126, or 38127 zip codes, where Ann lived, worked and attended church.

The Binswanger Enterprises Scholarship

This fund offers scholarships for post-secondary undergraduate education for legally dependent children of regular, full-time employees of Binswanger Enterprises who have completed at least one year of service with the company.

The City of Memphis I AM A MAN Scholarship

This fund provides scholarship opportunities to solid waste employees of the City of Memphis and their families.