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Helen S. Blair Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to earn a college degree which includes a minimum of 12 semester hours in the Finnish language, Finnish culture, and/or Finnish studies. Applications may also be submitted for accredited study abroad assistance programs.

History of the Fund

This fund memorializes Helen S. Blair (1915-1999), beloved wife of Lawrence R. Blair and mother of Jack R. Blair, James L. Blair, Jeffrey A. Blair, and Jane M. (Blair) Garman.

Helen Blair was a first-generation American.  Her parents emigrated from Finland to the United States of America in the early 1900s.  As a child, Helen learned to read and write the Finnish language at home before mastering English at school.  Helen led a full, rich, life; enjoying her marriage, her children, her grandchildren, and her many friends. She was a tireless correspondent who kept in touch with her relatives in Finland, despite having never met most of them.  Her pride in her Finnish heritage remained undiminished throughout her life, which is the principal reason her family has established this scholarship fund in her memory.  

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be accepted by and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student;
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for high school graduate applicants;
  • have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for college/university applicants; and
  • submit the Helen S. Blair Memorial Scholarship application form and required attachments.

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

A completed application includes:

  • completed Helen S. Blair Memorial Scholarship application form;
  • one-page essay describing why you are applying for the scholarship and your educational plans as they relate to career goals;
  • two current letters of recommendation from teachers, clergy, or persons other than family members who are familiar with the your skills and abilities;
  •  most recent high school or college transcript, which must indicate one of the following: cumulative grade point average or class rank;
  • copy of SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT scores, if available;
  • 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 (Undergraduate students only); and a
  • copy of your most recent tax return. (Graduate students only.)

While applicants need not demonstrate financial need in order to apply for the scholarship, priority may be given to applicants who document financial need.

This scholarship is awarded to one student each year. The scholarship award amount will be $1,750.

Applications for this scholarship are due April 3, 2017.