River City Partnership Sedgwick Scholars (College of Education)
Applicants must have applied and been accepted to the University of Memphis before being considered for this award. The award is available to first time, full-time freshmen and is renewable for up to 4 years for students attending the University of Memphis campus in Memphis, TN. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress and meeting the requirements of the River City Partnership. Additionally, applicants selected to move forward in the process will be contacted via the email in early February and asked to complete an online questionnaire. Then, face-to-face interviews will be held on the University of Memphis campus in late February and early March.
Note: This scholarship may be combined with other University wide academic scholarships, including Dean, Provost or Presidential scholarships, as well as the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship and external scholarships and grants.
1. Admission to the University of Memphis as a first-time, full-time freshman.
2. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and/or a 21 ACT score.
3. Three letters of recommendation.
a. Two letters from school officials (e.g., teacher, principal, school counselor, coach) and
b. one from a community member (who is not a relative).
4. Eligible applicants must submit a 250-word essay that describes their interest in teaching in Shelby County Schools or the
Achievement School District. Applicants may respond to the following questions:
a. What or who inspires you to become a teacher in Shelby County Schools or the Achievement School District?
b. How will you demonstrate that you are driven by excellence and committed to teaching in Shelby County Schools or the
Achievement School District?