2021 Annual Meeting


JACKSON, Tenn. (April 28, 2021) – Leaders Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), hosted their second annual meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, and gave $25,000 total.  $15,000 was presented in scholarships to West Tenn. graduating high school seniors. This was a fifty percent increase over last year. The scholarships are of various amounts for high school seniors attending a college or university. Leaders Education Foundation received 43 applications from all across West Tenn., and the Financial Wellness Video Scholarship received six submissions, with their videos viewed over 11,000 times and reached over 20,000 people.

Scholarship winners include:

  • $2,500 Financial Wellness Video Scholarship – Andrew Hilliard – Crockett County High School
  • $2,000 Financial Wellness Video Scholarship – Honorable Mention – Ingram Lickliter- Milan High School
  • $1,000 Leaders Credit Union Martha Britt Scholarship – Madison May – Jackson Central Merry – Early College High School
  • $1,000 Scholarship in honor of Town & Country Realtors – Michael Tankersley – Augustine School
  • $1,000 Scholarship in honor of Ellis Insurance – McKenna Beaver – South Gibson County High School
  • $1,500 Jackson-Madison County Schools Founder’s Scholarship – Elliana McCauley – Madison Academic High School
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – Gibson County – Blair Mercer – Bradford High School
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – Obion County – Samantha George – Union City High School
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – Shelby County – Allison Lampley – Bartlett High School
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – West Tennessee – Rachel Hellums – University School of Jackson
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – West Tennessee – Twanisha Hopings – North Side High School
  • $1,000 Community Scholarship – West Tennessee – Alexa Goff – South Side High School

“The scholarship program provides opportunities to students, affecting the trajectory of their entire future,” said Eddie Hays, Leaders Education Foundation Board Chair. “We are honored to be a small part of these students’ academic journeys toward success.”

Leaders Education Foundation also collectively donated $10,000 to participating Imagination Library Chapters in Madison, Gibson, and Chester counties through an Imagine the Possibilities campaign. This initiative involved the participating Imagination Libraries promoting membership in the Foundation through the Foundation’s one-time $10 membership fee in honor of a participating Imagination Library.  For each new membership in their honor, the Foundation pledged to donate $60 to the participating Imagination Library. Through this campaign, the Foundation provided one book per month for five years to 160 children in West Tenn.

“As the Foundation continues to grow, we will seek new opportunities to support educational initiatives that allow us to fulfill our Mission,” Leaders Education Foundation President Leigh Anne Bentley said. “Our partnership with Imagination Library fits well with our mission to Give Forward.”

The annual meeting also covered approval of the 2019 annual meeting minutes, the Board Chairman’s report, the President’s report, the Nominating Committee report, and closing remarks. The membership elected two new board members: Mrs. Eddie Mae Pirtle and Ms. Yvette Blue, and re-elected Mrs. Mary Lou Adams for a second term. Other board members include Eddie Hays, Ron Hill, Stephanie Riley, and Karen Taylor.