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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.

History of the Fund

This fund memorializes Allen A. Jones, former producer and mentor of the Bar-Kays, a Memphis music institution.  His mother, Marjorie Barringer, and Bar-Kays members James Alexander and Larry Dodson created the fund. 

Allen began his musical career by taking piano lessons from his aunt.  He later mastered the bass, fiddle, and piano.  He played in his junior and senior high school bands.  His teenage years became the backdrop for his professional entry into the music industry, where he not only wrote songs for Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding, but also managed and produced the highly successful Bar-Kays.

“At the age of 17, Allen was fortunate enough to know what he wanted to do in life.  But many of today’s high school seniors either don’t know where they want to go, or have no one interested in helping them get there,” noted Ms. Barringer.  “Allen was an average student who had talent and worked hard.  He was a behind-the-scenes person who knew how to share success with others,” recalled Dodson.  

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be graduating Shelby County Schools high school seniors or previous recipients currently attending LeMoyne-Owen College. This fund will provide support for students for up to two years;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and
  • have been accepted by and will attend LeMoyne-Owen College;
  • provide school records reflecting good conduct and attendance;
  • submit the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis scholarship application form and the required attachments.

Renewal applicants must contact Vanessa Langston at (901) 722-0032 or vlangston [at] cfgm [dot] org for a renewal application.

A complete application includes:

  •  completed Community Foundation of Greater Memphis scholarship application form;
  • one-page personal statement outlining education or career goals;
  •  two current letters of recommendation from teachers, clergy, or persons other than family members who are familiar with your skills and abilities;
  • copy of your ACT and/or SAT scores;
  • most recent high school or college transcript, including conduct and attendance records; and a
  • copy of your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) information, OR your College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile.  

This scholarship may be awarded to more than one student. Each scholarship award will be approximately $2,000.

Applications for this scholarship are due April 3, 2017.