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Amy Elizabeth Spain Memorial Scholarship

Amy Elizabeth Spain Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of a remarkable scholar, lawyer and beautiful human being: Amy Spain. Amy grew up in Jackson, TN and was educated in the Jackson public school system and at Old Hickory Academy. At Old Hickory she not only excelled in academics, but also in school-related activities. She was vice-president of the Student Government Association, editor of Senior Annual, staff member of the school newspaper and a member and officer of the Beta Club. Amy was one of five students from her class selected by the faculty for Who?s Who designation. She was selected by Congressman Ed Jones to attend Presidential Classroom in Washington, D.C.
Amy became an accounting major at Middle Tennessee State University, ultimately graduating magna cum laude. During her years at MTSU she served as a student ambassador from 1984 through 1986 and in 1986 she was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior award. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was active in the MTSU student government association, serving two years as judge on the traffic court.
With impressive law school acceptances to the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt and the University of Memphis, Amy made the UofM her choice to pursue a law degree.
At the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law she was a Herbert Herff Scholar. She received an American Jurisprudence award and served as comments editor for the University of Memphis Law Review. In addition she was a regional finalist on the National Mock Trial Team, secretary of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
Following her law school graduation, Amy became a law clerk for U.S. District Judge James D. Todd. For five years during her clerkship, she taught legal writing and research as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Law.
In 1990 she became assistant U.S. Attorney, a position she held until her untimely death in 1995. While serving on the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Amy became active in civic, charitable and professional activities in Memphis. She was active on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association. She was selected to serve as a member of the Memphis chapter of the American Inns of Court.
In April 1995, Amy was awarded the Longstreet Heiskell Best Participant Award at the Memphis Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Conference. Amy was on the board of directors of the Fogelman Downtown YMCA and served as board secretary in 1995. She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house where she served as activities chairman and was chairman of the Speaker’s Bureau from 1994 until her death.
Through Christ United Methodist Church, Amy became involved in the Mediation and Restitution/Reconciliation Services, a mediation program designed as an alternative for first and second time juvenile offenders. Veronica Coleman, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said, “I was especially proud to have recommended Amy for Leadership Memphis and was elated that the diverse screening committee agreed with me that her track record as a young leader was a clear indication of the heights she would reach as a community leader. She will forever be a member of the class of 1996.”
Following her death, her parents and brother were invited to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno who presented them a posthumous award for exemplary service by Amy in the Judge David Lanier Case on which appeal she was working the day of her death. She left the office a little early on Friday, June 30, 1995, to go to Jackson, TN, to pick up a new car when she encountered a torrential downpour of rain causing her car to hydroplane and cross the median into the path of an eighteen-wheeler. She took her legal profession seriously. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent possibly said it best, “She goes after them just like a buzz saw.”
In her short life, Amy Spain touched many lives.

Andrew M. Wray, III Memorial Scholarship

Andrew M. Wray, III Memorial Scholarship

The Andrew M. Wray III Memorial Scholarship was established by Andrew’s loved ones in 1994 to honor his memory and extraordinary work within the Memphis financial planning community. Andrew possessed a great passion for ensuring that students of the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics had a meaningful opportunity to learn about a vocation that he loved dearly.
Andrew understood that the profession of financial planning is far from an exact science. Successful planners must get to know clients as unique individuals in order to make wise financial decisions. The art of this part of the profession is most often learned through fellowship and community.
A talented financial planner, Andrew was also heavily involved in professional industry organizations, including the Financial Planning Association of Greater Memphis, which continues to promote Andrew’s vision of student engagement and achievement. By partnering with the University of Memphis, the Association promotes and grows the Andrew M. Wray III Memorial Scholarship, as well as offering access to information and mentorship opportunities for each scholarship recipient.

Average Student Scholarship

Average Student Scholarship

In life, in school and in a career, we are lucky to have encouragers – people who push us forward, so we keep learning and growing. This scholarship was made graciously possible by Robert Wampler, a double graduate of the University of Memphis who wants to help UofM students shine. He graduated in 1972 from law school and in 1969 with a BBA in Business Management. Currently a partner at Wampler and Pierce, P.C., he has built a successful practice focused on domestic relations and contract litigation.
The phrase “I know that I know nothing” or “I know one thing: that I know nothing”, sometimes called the Socratic paradox, is a well-known saying that is derived from Plato’s account of the Greek philosopher Socrates. In essence, it means that we can never really stop learning – there is always something out there that will open our eyes in new and different ways. What a joy it is to keep discovering. This philosophy inspired Robert Wampler to create this scholarship.

Bob Baker Memorial Scholarship

Bob Baker Memorial Scholarship

The Bob Baker Memorial Scholarship at the University of Memphis was established in 1997 to honor a truly exceptional individual who lived his life as a shining example of leadership and service to others. A history teacher, principal and coach who spent his entire career with the Memphis City School system, Bob truly made Memphis a better place and Memphians better people.
Bob began his career at the UofM as a highly recruited Tiger basketball player in 1960 from Lexington, Tennessee. His basketball career was ended by a knee injury, but through it all Bob remained the same affable friend who was always cheerful and supportive. Bob was virtually everyone?s best friend. Bob was constantly checking in on friends and expressing his interest in everyone he knew in an old-fashioned way that doesn’t exist anymore.
One could tell a million anecdotes about this unforgettable man, but the real story about Bob is that he simply just loved being around people. Bob’s professional life as a coach, teacher and principal is remembered by countless persons from all walks of life who were forever touched by his influence.
Teaching history was his passion. But he also loved coaching and reaching out to youngsters who sometimes desperately needed help. Bob truly made a difference by being a person of integrity who really cared.
In honor of Bob and his family, this scholarship was established to assist students in the Department of History.

Charles Riecker Memorial Fund

Charles Riecker Memorial Fund

This scholarship was created in memory of an artistic icon. Part of the Metropolitan Opera for almost 40 years, Charles Riecker enjoyed a career encompassing service as artistic administrator, tour director and artistic liaison before his retirement in 1997. A gifted linguist, pianist and voice teacher, Riecker had a busy and productive post-Met career. He held teaching posts at Manhattan School of Music, University of Maryland, University of Memphis and Opera Institute of California, as well as, serving as a frequent lecturer and leader of master classes. Riecker felt it was his duty to pass the knowledge he learned on to the next generation.
Riecker first came to the University of Memphis campus as the Hohenberg-Scheidt Distinguished Visiting Artist. Feeling the great loss of this remarkable man upon his passing, many students and faculty held an opera concert honoring the world-renowned performer. The University of Memphis is honored to have a scholarship in his memory.

Commercial Advisors Partners Finish Line

Commercial Advisors Partners Finish Line

In 2014, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors established the Commercial Advisors Partners? Finish Line Scholarship to assist current students in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics in their pursuit of a degree. This scholarship is focused on aiding students who may be a semester or two away from graduation, but have exhausted all financial resources to complete their academic work.?
Larry Jensen, President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors, says, ?Within our firm we have team members who would not have been able to complete their college degrees without the timely monetary support of others. We know firsthand that the need is real.? His company made a generous lead commitment to the UofM to help establish the Finish Line Scholarship program so deserving FCBE students would no longer hit financial hurdles and give up, but rather catch a financial break and succeed.
Jensen adds, ?At Commercial Advisors, we want to encourage commitment to our community, especially through education opportunities for students experiencing financial disadvantages and challenges. By offering the opportunity to achieve a degree, hopefully students will be similarly motivated to create positive changes even after graduation from college.?

Dr. Burl E. Gilliland Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Burl E. Gilliland Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Burl E. Gilliland, distinguished professor emeritus, retired in 1997 from the University of Memphis, where he was twice elected by students and faculty as Distinguished Professor of the Year. Gilliland was instrumental in developing the PhD program in counseling psychology at the University and co-authored graduate level textbooks in psychology & counseling and crisis intervention strategies. At his retirement, to commemorate his contribution to their lives, his doctoral students planted a water oak tree on campus. Also while in Memphis, he consulted with the Memphis Police Department in setting up a Crisis Intervention Training Program. In 1978, he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award in recognition of his devotion to the ideals of social justice and non-violence. Previous to his professorship, he was a guidance counselor and later chairman of the Guidance Department at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, TN (1960-1969). Gilliland was a retired Captain in the US Navy and a decorated veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict. In addition to all his professional accomplishments, Gilliland was a celebrated carver of whimsical twig animals.
After his death in 2004, Martha, his wife of 54 years, established the Dr. Burl E. Gilliland Memorial Scholarship to continue his legacy of caring and support for his students. Martha and Burl’s daughters, Carol and Ruth, plan to continue funding the scholarship into the future.

Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship - College of Communication and Fine Arts

Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship - College of Communication and Fine Arts

John Michael “Mickey” Robinson and his wife, Catherine Ladnier, established the Robinson Scholarships at the University of Memphis in 1998 for several important reasons. “I wanted to honor my parents, repay the people and organizations that helped me during my time at the University and make it possible for remarkable students to focus on their education without the necessity for outside employment,” Robinson said.
“My mother was orphaned at age eleven and lived with her great uncle and his wife until she enrolled at West Tennessee State Normal School (now the University of Memphis) in 1923. She wanted to be an English teacher and would have been a fine one. In her second year, the uncle died and she chose to leave school to help support his widow and her younger sister,” explained Robinson.
Robinson attended Memphis State University in the 1960s and received small scholarships but had to work part time for much of his time in college. He graduated in 1968 with a BBA with honors and, later, earned an MBA from Harvard University. In the late 1970s he led the team that started Auto Zone and also ran other large retail businesses.
Robinson chose to establish scholarships in the College of Education, honoring his mother, and in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. More than 150 students have benefited from this gift. In 2011, Robinson and Ladnier were honored as Philanthropists of the Year by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
“The UofM has been good to my extended family. My two older brothers and I attended, as did our mother. In the next generation, six family members graduated and in the fourth generation, we have one graduate and two current students.”
In addition to funding the Robinson Scholarships, Ladnier and Robinson have given back in other ways. They created a scholarship at Ladnier’s alma mater, Mills College, in honor of her parents. Ladnier also serves on the Board of Governors of Mills College and is active in its New York Alumnae Association. Robinson served on the Board of Visitors at the UofM and is a long-standing member of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the University of Memphis Column Society and is a loyal Tiger sports fan.

Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship - College of Education

Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship - College of Education

John Michael “Mickey” Robinson and his wife, Catherine Ladnier, established the Robinson Scholarships at the University of Memphis in 1998 for several important reasons. “I wanted to honor my parents, repay the people and organizations that helped me during my time at the University and make it possible for remarkable students to focus on their education without the necessity for outside employment,” Robinson said.
“My mother was orphaned at age eleven and lived with her great uncle and his wife until she enrolled at West Tennessee State Normal School (now the University of Memphis) in 1923. She wanted to be an English teacher and would have been a fine one. In her second year, the uncle died and she chose to leave school to help support his widow and her younger sister,” explained Robinson.
Robinson attended Memphis State University in the 1960s and received small scholarships but had to work part time for much of his time in college. He graduated in 1968 with a BBA with honors and, later, earned an MBA from Harvard University. In the late 1970s he led the team that started Auto Zone and also ran other large retail businesses.
Robinson chose to establish scholarships in the College of Education, honoring his mother, and in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. More than 150 students have benefited from this gift. In 2011, Robinson and Ladnier were honored as Philanthropists of the Year by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
“The UofM has been good to my extended family. My two older brothers and I attended, as did our mother. In the next generation, six family members graduated and in the fourth generation, we have one graduate and two current students.”
In addition to funding the Robinson Scholarships, Ladnier and Robinson have given back in other ways. They created a scholarship at Ladnier’s alma mater, Mills College, in honor of her parents. Ladnier also serves on the Board of Governors of Mills College and is active in its New York Alumnae Association. Robinson served on the Board of Visitors at the UofM and is a long-standing member of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the University of Memphis Column Society and is a loyal Tiger sports fan.

Emalie Appleton Brooks Memorial EndowedScholarship

Emalie Appleton Brooks Memorial EndowedScholarship

The scholarship was founded by the friends and family of Emalie Appleton Brooks, an alumna and former English instructor at the University of Memphis, who passed away in 2006. Emalie first taught in the public school system in Memphis after receiving an undergraduate degree at Rhodes. She was dedicated to communicating her love for the beauty of the English language and literature to her students, and she furthered her study of the Romantic poets, Shakespeare and the 19th century English novel at the UofM, where she received a master of arts in 1970.
Emalie had a passion not only for learning but also for exploring ? often traveling to Europe to visit places that figured in literature. Among her favorite places were Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where she saw plays performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company; the Lake District, where she visited the home and grave of her favorite Romantic poet, William Wordsworth; and Florence, Italy, where she toured the apartment of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She felt that travel deepened her own understanding of language and literature and she shared this with her students.
In the late 1980s, Emalie began teaching at UofM, carrying her passion for learning into the classroom. Cathy Dice, an instructor of English at UofM and a longtime friend, said, “Emalie saw teaching not simply as a job, but as part of her identity. Her dedication to her students was obvious. She believed in challenging them and making sure that they lived up to their responsibilities, but she genuinely wanted them to succeed and was constantly looking for new topics to discuss and new strategies to use in the classroom.” And Emalie’s brother, Thomas Appleton, said, “She was regarded as a superior classroom instructor and mentor.”
The Emalie Appleton Brooks Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 to provide an annual award to a junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in English with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This scholarship honors Emalie’s legacy as a talented and beloved teacher and preference is given to those considering a career in teaching.
“Emalie was an amazing individual – she seemed to know something about every topic under the sun,” said Dice. “When we are screening applicants for the scholarship, one of the main qualities we look for is Emalie’s passion for learning and for soaking up as much life as the world has to offer.”

E. Taylor & Mary Richardson Scholarship

E. Taylor & Mary Richardson Scholarship

Taylor Richardson is grateful for the remarkable support he received during his pursuit of a college degree. “I wanted to attend what was Memphis State, as it was known back then. It was a challenging time for me personally and that dream seemed impossible, but people in Lake County and Tiptonville helped me out. Over the years, I made it a priority to give back and repay what others did for me” says Taylor.
During high school Taylor was in a foster care situation. After high school graduation he only had funds to pay for college tuition, but nothing else. The Tiptonville Kiwanis Club gave him a $200.00 scholarship which (back in those days) was enough to enroll and begin classes.
Taylor stayed in school for a time by working various part time jobs, but eventually dropped out for one full year between his sophomore and junior years to work full time and save money to return. A local Tiptonville farmer took a chance on Taylor, co-signing a loan to get back to the UofM.
After graduating college, Taylor re-paid the loan, became established in his career, and wanted to give back some of what had been given to him by creating the Taylor Richardson Scholarship fund at the University of Memphis.Taylor remarks, “It is a decision I have never regretted, and it has exceeded my expectations.”

Eunice B. Ordman Scholarship Fund

Eunice B. Ordman Scholarship Fund

To meet Eunice Ordman is to meet the face of determination. She is determined to make the world a better place for others and has spent her life giving back in more ways than one, including providing this scholarship. She began her college teaching career teaching physics at the University of Idaho in 1946.  She raised five children of her own plus step and foster children. Being a mother often meant she had to put her career on hold or step back to part-time work, but she always returned to teaching. She eventually retired in 1987 from the University of Memphis where she taught mathematics and computer science.  After retirement Mrs. Ordman pursued teaching experiences overseas, some of which were volunteer positions without compensation. Since 1988 she has also regularly audited courses at the University of Memphis, including courses in the College of Education. Mrs. Ordman has become deeply concerned about the number of primary school students who lack a father in the home, an employed father, or other successful male role models. Her hope is to attract more men to a career in primary school education, thereby increasing the number of male teacher role models that interact with these young children on a daily basis. Demonstrating to these pupils that being a successful, respected male who achieved his position because of a good education can have an important life-long effect. Mrs. Ordman strongly believes in personal contact and created her scholarships at the University of Memphis not only because of her own affiliation with the University, but because she felt it could successfully recruit under-represented student candidates with a serious plan of becoming primary school teachers, rather than, for example, administrators. Awarding these scholarships locally also means that she might be able to personally meet the scholarship recipients, encourage them during their studies and follow them later during their teaching careers.

H. H. McKnight Memorial Law Scholarship

H. H. McKnight Memorial Law Scholarship

This scholarship was generously funded by Robert Wampler in memory of his mentor Harris H. McKnight. Robert Wampler, a double graduate of the University of Memphis, graduated in 1972 from law school and in 1969 with a BBA in Business Management. Currently a partner at Wampler and Pierce, P.C., he has built a successful practice focused on domestic relations and contract litigation.
His mentor, Harris H. McKnight, was a 1950 graduate of Southern Law School, now known as the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. McKnight was a navy veteran, originally from Texas, who eventually became a noted criminal lawyer. Robert Wampler began clerking for McKnight in 1969 and continued throughout law school. Upon graduation from Memphis Law, Mr. Wampler stayed with Mr. McKnight until his death in 1977. McKnight taught Wampler many memorable lessons, including passing on the advice, “They’re not really your client until you’ve written the receipt.”

Huey's Corporation Scholarship

Huey's Corporation Scholarship

In 2005, Huey’s established the Huey’s Scholarship at the University of Memphis.
Alan Gary grew up with the nickname Huey. As a young boy, he never dreamed that his childhood nickname would one day be known as a Memphis landmark. Huey’s began when Gary opened the doors of Huey’s Midtown in March 1970, offering locals a bar that was fun, unique and a place where he and all his friends could have a good time. In 1975, Thomas Boggs joined Huey’s as a bartender. Soon after, he moved into management, and two years later, he became a partner.
Boggs knew Huey’s was a bar, but envisioned it as a casual dining restaurant with a distinct Memphis vibe. Boggs insisted on evolving Huey’s into a brand known for blues, brews and the best burger in town. His dream was realized and then some. Huey’s has been voted “Best Burger” in Memphis every year since 1984 by Memphis Magazine’s annual reader’s poll, and every year since 1990 by Memphis Flyer’s annual Best of Memphis poll. And you can regularly catch live music at Huey’s just like Boggs promised. To know Huey’s is to love Huey’s.
Huey’s and its employees created this scholarship in recognition of inspired leadership. Thomas Boggs’ success started at the University of Memphis, where he graduated in 1972 with a major in history. After a few years in the music business, Boggs reinvented the Huey’s brand we know today. Through his leadership, he taught many to be dedicated to giving back to the community and always walked the talk by participating in charity events and donating to countless organizations.
When Boggs passed away in 2008, the city lost one of our most beloved civic leaders.
Boggs was recognized by the city on many occasions throughout his lifetime, honored for his community leadership and vision. He loved the University of Memphis and believed in supporting its students and its success. He was the recipient of the 2002 University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Alumni Association’s 2007 True Blue Tiger Award.
Huey’s is committed to honoring a legacy of caring for community by providing this scholarship.

ICL Department Scholarship

ICL Department Scholarship

As the founding program of the University of Memphis, the College of Education dates back to 1912, when West Tennessee State Normal School first opened its doors to students. Students enrolled in the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department are part of that legendary tradition of excellence in teacher education.The faculty and staff of the Instruction and Curriculum (ICL) department have established the ICL Scholarship to provide students with some financial relief during their academic careers with us.It is especially tailored for ICL students who carry the extra financial burden of having to independently support themselves or even families.

James F. & Donna T. Springfield Scholarship

James F. & Donna T. Springfield Scholarship

The Springfield Family Scholarship was established to recognize the family’s strong connection and history with Rhodes College and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The scholarship was formed in 1997 through an endowment fund by James F. Springfield. One scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student who is a graduate of Rhodes College.
The family’s history and connection between Rhodes and Memphis Law begins with C.L. Springfield. C.L. served as the bursar, the business manager and ultimately the comptroller during a 32-year time period at Southwestern (now Rhodes College). Prior to joining Rhodes, he graduated from University of Memphis Law School (a predecessor school of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law) in 1931. In his service to Rhodes, he literally gave the best years of his life to the college. At the same time, he instilled in those who knew him best, the very highest work ethic. C.L. passed away in 1991 at the age of 90.
C.L’s son, James F. Springfield is a retired executive vice-president and general counsel of Union Planters National Bank. He earned his law degree in 1960 from University of Memphis Law School after receiving his BA with distinction in economics in 1951 from Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis). James felt that the most important thing that he could do was provide his children with the best education – something no one could ever take from them.
Other members of the Springfield family who are graduates of the Law School are James’ daughter, Sidney Evans, a 1983 graduate of the Law School and James’ grandson, Scott Evans, a 2015 graduate of the Law School and a 2012 graduate of Rhodes College.

James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design

James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design

The James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in interior design was generously established by his longtime friend and co-worker of many years, William R. Eubanks. The gift was announced at the opening ceremony of the William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series in Interior Design at the University of Memphis in 2007.
James Weaver, former resident of Winona, Mississippi, made William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc. in Memphis his professional home for many years. Weaver and Eubanks were both graduates of the University of Memphis. Weaver passed away in 1998 after a highly successful career.
Eubanks chose to honor Weaver by establishing this scholarship because, "Jim Weaver, another graduate of the University of Memphis, worked beside me for 18 years. His dedication to the field of interior design was without limit. Jim was known throughout the community for his integrity, talent, high standards and colorful, eclectic European style. He enriched our lives. "

John DeCleux Memorial Scholarship

John DeCleux Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was generously funded by Robert Wampler in memory of his brother John DeCleux. Robert Wampler, a double graduate of the University of Memphis, graduated in 1972 from law school and in 1969 with a BBA in Business Management. Currently a partner at Wampler and Pierce, P.C., he has built a successful practice focused on domestic relations and contract litigation.
John DeCleux was a 1982 graduate of the journalism department. Before his death in 1999, DeCleux worked at AM 560 KWTO in Springfield, MO and prior to that WHBQ in Memphis, TN. A former colleague once described DeCleux as “a person of high moral character, integrity, ethical, and honest. Though we didn’t always agree with his opinion, he had to be respected for his forthrightness. Where some people scoffed at my experience, John examined every piece of material thoroughly. His journalistic background led him to further investigate the sworn statement, and polygraph, which indicated the truth. However, John was not satisfied with just these facts. He had to see it with his eyes, hold it in his hands, and perform a few basic experiments of his own. He left nothing to the imagination.”

Kimmelman Scholars Program Fund

Kimmelman Scholars Program Fund

The Kimmelman Scholarship was generously funded by alumna Eloise Moxely Kimmelman and her husband David Kimmelman. The Kimmelmans started this fund as a way to attract more high-caliber, elite students to study the field of accounting at the UofM. Never having children of their own, they wanted to provide young people with the opportunity of a good education. “Eloise taught accounting for so many years, so it was a natural fit for the Kimmelmans to establish a scholarship for accounting majors”, said Jan Yelen, Miami attorney and Kimmelman family friend. Kimmelman graduated from then Memphis State University in 1945 with a commerce degree. She then moved on to Indiana University where she taught accounting. Kimmelman was recruited to the University of Miami, where she remained for the following 27 years of her career. Kimmelman’s love for education is reflected in her philanthropic choices, leaving estate funds to all three universities that were once a part of her life, including the UofM.
Because the Kimmelmans have earmarked these funds for high-achieving students who seek rigor, recipients are required to be first year students with a minimum 3.2 GPA and a 25 or higher on their ACT. Students will be expected to maintain high standards after accepting the scholarship, sustaining a 2.9 GPA the first year, 3.0 the second year and 3.2 in the subsequent years. The Kimmelman Scholarship has supported over 20 students each year. Yelen adds, “The scholarships funded by the Kimmelmans have served the exact purpose intended – to help educate students interested in careers in accounting. David and Eloise would be so pleased and so proud of all the Kimmelman scholars. Education was very important to both of them and this was their way of giving back.”

Laurie and John Tucker Scholarship

Laurie and John Tucker Scholarship

The Laurie Tucker Scholarship was established by John and Laurie Tucker to support high-achieving students in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. The Tuckers believe that nothing should stop a deserving student from becoming a Memphis Tiger. They are proud to offer the financial help needed to fulfill big dreams. Laurie says, “Supporting talented students who otherwise would have to forego a college education is so very rewarding to us. We have been so blessed and are thankful we may share our blessings with deserving students.”

Mary Pettus Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Mary Pettus Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Elizabeth T. Caldwell (1917-2012) graduated from West Tennessee State Teachers College, now the University of Memphis, in 1939 with a degree in history. Mrs. Caldwell understood the tremendous impact scholarships have on students’ ability to attend college and made provisions in her estate for two scholarships. The first is the Mary Pettus Thomas Memorial Scholarship at the University of Memphis, which honors the memory of her aunt, a professor of languages here during the 1930s.
Her second scholarship was for students attending the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus in Jackson, Tennessee. With support from the Elizabeth T. Caldwell Living Trust, this scholarship is given to students with significant financial need. Those students receive an award sufficient enough to allow them to focus on their studies without financial burdens.

Michael and Linda Harless Endowed Scholarship

Michael and Linda Harless Endowed Scholarship

Linda and Mike Harless both graduated from and loved the University of Memphis.Linda came to the UofM after graduating as valedictorian from Jackson North Side High School in Jackson, TN.She received her bachelor’s and master’s in elementary education.Mike is a lifelong Memphian and a Central High School graduate.He attended the UofM in the 1960s and majored in geography and history. Both were very active on campus and were involved in Greek life – Linda was president of her sorority, Sigma Kappa, secretary of student government, and Who’s Who, while Mike was an officer in Sigma Chi and in student government.
They maintained a close relationship with the university even after graduation. In addition to being longtime season ticket holders in football and basketball,both were life members of the UofM Alumni Association and both were founding officers in two Alumni chapter startups. But they wanted to give back in a more permanent way – they wanted to leave a lasting legacy at their beloved alma mater.
Because of their passion for education, a scholarship was something they both wanted to be able to offer deserving UofM students. Linda had a long affiliation with St. George’s Independent School, as a teacher, administrator and principal. So the couple decided to honor both institutions by crafting their scholarship for graduates of St. Georges Independent School who are also actively involved on campus and in their community, and who want to attend the UofM.
Linda lost her life in a long battle with cancer in 2009, but Mike is very grateful that her name and spirit will continue to live through this scholarship as well as the students and lives she has touched. Mike hopes that this scholarship will help a deserving student achieve his or her goal of graduating from college and becoming an active participant in our community and society.

Morgan Morton Family Scholarship

Morgan Morton Family Scholarship

Post graduation from the University of Memphis in 1963, Morgan Morton embarked on an interesting journey that led to a successful business career. Upon retirement, Morton began to reflect on his career, the multitude of challenging assignments, over 12 relocations and management responsibilities in over 100 countries and six continents. He concluded that the foundation for his success began in his hometown of Collierville. In his eyes, the education and value system afforded him in Collierville was critical to his success. Upon retirement, he and his wife decided it was time to go back to his roots and help others realize the same opportunities he had enjoyed. The Mortons annually provide a four-year scholarship to a senior at Collierville High School who needs financial assistance, has excellent academic credentials, has a broad base of participation in non-academic activities and demonstrates outstanding leadership potential. The final qualification is that the recipient must follow Morton’s educational track and pursue a business degree through Fogelman College of Business and Economics. After 13 consecutive years providing scholarships, the Mortons could not be happier with their decision. They believe the students are wonderful and enjoy the additional benefit of getting to know each of them personally. Morton is particularly pleased when a former student comes back for a visit seeking his career advice.

Papasan Family Endowed Scholarship

Papasan Family Endowed Scholarship

Larry Papasan started his career at Memphis Light, Gas & Water, climbing the corporate ladder there to become president. After 28 years at the public utility, he retired but felt compelled to do something for the dedicated employees, retired employees and their families that he had come to know so well after all those years. He felt the best way to “pay it forward” was to give the gift of education to the MLGW family. Papasan expressed his feelings this way, “I have always believed in Memphis and felt that the University of Memphis, a great university, could help make Memphis a better city. Every great city in America has a great university and the UofM fills that role in Memphis.”

Sam Myar Memorial Scholarship

Sam Myar Memorial Scholarship

The Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to the significant contributions Myar made to the legal profession and the dedicated service he provided to the community of Memphis. The scholarship also stands testament to his educational achievements and high ethical standards. Myar was a brilliant, well-educated and outstanding young man, devoted to his family, his country, his profession and his community, to which he gave unselfishly and always with integrity. Myar excelled academically at every level. A native Memphian, Myar graduated first in his class from Central High School. He was also first in his class at the University of Virginia, in his law school class at the University of Chicago, and in his midshipman’s class. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II and completed his service as a Lieutenant Commander. Myar served as an instructor for approximately ten years for Southern Law School (a predecessor of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law). Myar died in 1959 at the age of 39. His personification of high moral standards, integrity, educational achievement and community service inspired his partners and friends to establish an endowed scholarship in his memory in 1960.
His wife, Katharine (Kay) Myar, who passed away in 2014, was a loyal donor and friend of the Law School and of the Law Review. His three children, Katharine Berlin, Henry Myar and Louise Wells continue to support the fund in their father’s name.

The Kemmons Wilson Legacy of Hospitality Endowed Scholarship

The Kemmons Wilson Legacy of Hospitality Endowed Scholarship

The endowment was created with a joint gift from Hilton Worldwide and a group of Hilton Worldwide founding franchisees including Bo Aughtry, Capital City Hotels, Dave Lenz, North Central Group, Michael Harrell, Vista Host, Steve Schwartz, First Hospitality Group, Jeff Raymond, Raymond Group, Darryl Lapointe and Highpointe Hotels.
The foundational roots of the focused service segment in the hospitality industry are here in Memphis, pioneered by Kemmons Wilson.
This is an opportunity for Hilton Worldwide and a group of our founding franchisees to give back to the community where several of our brands are based and honor the leadership and passion of hospitality visionary Kemmons Wilson by awarding an annual scholarship to an outstanding student at the University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

The Mike Meeks Endowed Scholarship

The Mike Meeks Endowed Scholarship

He was a man from humble beginnings, but through education and hard work David Michael Meeks was able to achieve great success. He himself a recipient of educational scholarships, Meeks graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he went on to a teaching position at Eastern Kentucky University in the Finance Department. Knowing the value of hard work, one of his many summer jobs was as a front desk clerk at the local Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn wasted no time recognizing his talents and promoted him to general manager quickly. After moving to Memphis in 1975 to take a full time position with Holiday Inn, Meeks spent his career advancing within the company, ultimately becoming president of Holiday Corporation and later Promus Companies.
Supporting the dreams of others was something that came naturally to Mr. Meeks, as is evident by his decision to fund this scholarship. It was important to him to pave the way for the most talented individuals, demonstrating strong interest and achievement in the field of hospitality, to secure their place at the UofM at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

The Mike Meeks Scholarship Fund

The Mike Meeks Scholarship Fund

He was a man from humble beginnings, but through education and hard work David Michael Meeks was able to achieve great success. He himself a recipient of educational scholarships, Meeks graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he went on to a teaching position at Eastern Kentucky University in the Finance Department. Knowing the value of hard work, one of his many summer jobs was as a front desk clerk at the local Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn wasted no time recognizing his talents and promoted him to general manager quickly. After moving to Memphis in 1975 to take a full time position with Holiday Inn, Meeks spent his career advancing within the company, ultimately becoming president of Holiday Corporation and later Promus Companies.
Supporting the dreams of others was something that came naturally to Mr. Meeks, as is evident by his decision to fund this scholarship. It was important to him to pave the way for the most talented individuals, demonstrating strong interest and achievement in the field of hospitality, to secure their place at the UofM at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.