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Laura Kaye Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students employed by Kaye’s, and children or grandchildren of persons employed by Kaye’s. It was created to provide an opportunity to those students who have developed a work ethic inside, as well as outside, the classroom in an effort to better themselves. This scholarship fund seeks to recognize potential students who have gone beyond simply securing a grade point average and have contributed in life through some additional avenues including acquiring a set of work skills, volunteer work, or participating in extracurricular activities. The student’s field of study may be in any academic area.  

History of the Fund

The Laura Kaye Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of the mother of Matt, Joel, and Jake Kaye. Mrs. Kaye was born June 22, 1936, the period between the Great Depression and World War II. Those events shaped the environment in which she grew up. She was an only child raised in a family that eventually had their farm foreclosed upon due to excessive crop flooding before the construction of watershed lakes. She graduated from East Tallahatchie High School. From there, she attended Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia, Mississippi.  After completing two years at Northwest, she went to the University of Mississippi where she received a bachelor of arts as well as a master’s degree in education.

The fund was created to provide an opportunity to those persons who have developed a work ethic inside as well as outside the classroom in an effort to better themselves. The success of an individual can never be attributed to a single strength or event. Instead, it is the union of ability, character, perseverance, and opportunity. This scholarship fund seeks to recognize potential students who have gone beyond simply securing a grade point average and have contributed in life through some additional avenues including acquiring a set of work skills, volunteer work, or participating in extracurricular activities. An independent committee put together by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will evaluate applicants. 

Eligibility Requirements

First-time applicants for the Laura Kaye Memorial Scholarship MUST satisfy EACH of the following criteria:

  • Must have an original employment date prior to September 30, 2015
  • Have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours from September 30, 2015 – January 31, 2017
  • Plan to attend an accredited college, university, or trade school
  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Have taken either the ACT or SAT test
  • Provide three current letters of recommendation from teachers or persons other than family members who can describe your character, integrity, ability and skills
  • Write an essay answering the question – What does the term celebration mean to you?  Please describe a celebratory event in your life.
  • Complete application form in FULL and submit all required attachments NO LATER THAN April 3, 2017.

Who is eligible to apply - 1) Students employed by Kaye’s Food Market and 2) Children of parents employed by Kaye’s Food Market. 3) Grandchildren of parents employed by Kaye’s Food Market.

Previous recipients may re-apply during their undergraduate career at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Renewal applicants must satisfy all scholarship criteria except those pertaining to hours worked. To receive an application either use this link or email Vanessa Langston(vlangston [at] cfgm [dot] org).  

A completed first-time application includes:

  • completed Laura Kaye Memorial Scholarship application form;
  • essay answering the question: “What does the term celebration mean to you?  Please describe a celebratory event in your life.”
  • three current letters of recommendation from teachers or persons other than family members who can describe your character, integrity, ability, and skills;
  • 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.

The student’s field of study may be in any academic area. Three scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,500, $750, and $500 each.

Applications for this scholarship are due April 3, 2017.