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.

History of the Fund

This fund memorializes Kylen C. Bares, son of Madge and Steven Bares. Kylen was involved in a fatal car accident on June 27, 2007. Throughout his 22 years, Kylen held an exquisite curiosity for life. As a child, he was driven to understand the way machines worked. He could be found tinkering with Legos or taking apart household gadgets. As a teenager, he tried to understand ideas: where they came from and why they were important. Finally as an adult, Kylen sought to understand the human condition. Kylen graduated in May 2007 from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and was preparing to enter medical school in 2008. The family cherishes the memory of this happy, proud, strong, confident, creative, independent, inventive, and generous person.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  •  be a graduating senior at the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering or at a Shelby County Schools high school;
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • participate in extracurricular high school activities;
  • be accepted by and plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical school, two-year, or four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student; 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;
  • essay detailing your life goals, specifically your reasons for majoring in math, science, or engineering in college, and your plans post-graduation;
  • essay must be at least one page in length, single-spaced in 12 pt. type with 1 inch margins;
  • two current letters of recommendation from high school counselors and/or teachers attesting to good conduct and character and demonstrated interests in math, science; or engineering;
  • most recent high school transcript;
  • copy of your ACT and/or SAT scores; 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 $1,200.

Applications for this scholarship are due April 2, 2018.