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.