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Edna Fant McConnell Scholarship Fund

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

History of the Fund

Edna Fant McConnell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 1, 1896, and died November 20, 1970. Better known in her hometown of Columbia, Louisiana, as "Miss Tutsie", she taught sixth grade for 30 years. Edna married James A. McConnell, a civil engineer from Watertown, New York. Following their divorce in 1934, she moved back to Columbia with her three small children and began a teaching career. Edna completeda degree in teaching elementary education and certification for school counseling. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Tau teacher's sorority. Even after retirement, Edna continued to teach in a one-room school of Panoche School District in a remote area of California. She taught 17 children of sheep ranchers in five different grades. It was a fitting finale to a well-chosen vocation. Edna Fant McConnell was an advocate of women's education and is remembered for her intelligence and compassion. Edna represents the qualities of courage, dedication, and love required of single mothers pursuing a viable vocation.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  •  be a single mother at least 21 years of age;
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • be accepted by and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university;
  • demonstrate financial need; and
  • submit the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis scholarship application form and the required attachments.

A complete application includes:

  • completed Community Foundation of Greater Memphis scholarship application form;
  • one-page essay discussing the following topic: Why are you returning to school?
  •  two current letters of recommendation, including one professional letter of recommendation and one from a teacher, clergy, or person other than a family member who is familiar with your skills and abilities;
  • most recent high school or college transcript, if available;
  • copy of your ACT and/or SAT scores, if available; 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 is awarded to one student each year, and it is available for multiple years. The scholarship award amount will be $2,000.

Applications for this scholarship are due June 1, 2017.