Equal Chance for Education Opportunity Scholarship (General)

Each year, millions of students graduate from American high schools. Counted among that throng of proud graduates are about 10,000 students who have graduated from Tennessee high schools who are not eligible for in-state tuition, federal aid or student loans because of their residency status. Unlike for their classmates, however, this moment of achievement is muted by the fact that their path to higher education remains difficult at best.

The University of Memphis is committed to ensuring that anyone who is determined and demonstrates the skills and motivation needed to earn a college degree has access to higher education. We are pleased to partner with Equal Chance for Education, a non-profit organization based in Nashville, TN that provides scholarships to students based on academic excellence, financial need and interview evaluation and without regard to race, religion, or nation of birth.

Recipients must be graduates of Shelby County Schools. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are/or will be involved in a leadership and/or service initiative. Must be eligible for the Non-resident tuition program and shall not be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. Recipients must be enrolled at the University of Memphis main campus.

Please note: The Equal Chance for Education Opportunity Scholarship does not cover room and board

Supplemental Questions
  1. Equal Chance for Education Opportunity Scholarship Questions Set
    • I am a graduate of a Tennessee High School.
    • I am committed to be involved in the following leadership and/or service initiative:
    • I have applied for or already received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval.
    • I have participated in a leadership and/or service initiative and I am attaching a reference letter.
    • Please provide a personal statement as to why you are applying for this scholarship. Include any pertinent information about financial need, your family situation, and any other special information we should consider. Additionally, provide a list of all applicable extracurricular activities you feel should be considered. Ensure you include involvement with on and off campus organizations which have helped your personal and professional growth.