The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter Scholarship (Alumni Association)
Luther C. McClellan was one of the Memphis State Eight who were the first African-American students admitted to Memphis State University in 1959. Mr. Luther C. McClellan became the first African-American to graduate from The University of Memphis in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter was established in May 1987 to encourage African-American alumni of The University of Memphis to participate in the activities of the National Alumni Association. The Luther C. McClellan scholarship was established in 1988 to assist deserving students at The University of Memphis.
The Luther C. McClellan Chapter of The University of Memphis Alumni Association will award the Luther C. McClellan Scholarship to a graduate and undergraduate minority student attending The University of Memphis. The purpose of this award is to recognize students who have shown outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities and community involvement. Each student who receives a scholarship will receive an award in the amount of $500 for the school year. The winners will also receive certificates acknowledging their selection.
Interested candidates must be full-time students at The University of Memphis. Transfer students are eligible for this award as long as they meet all the other criteria. The undergraduate applicant must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 while the graduate applicant must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. Each candidate must also submit one letter of recommendation from an advisor or University of Memphis faculty/staff member.