Leaders Education Foundation will award scholarships of various amounts to students attending an accredited college or university of their choice.
The applicant or applicant’s parent or grandparent must be a member of Leaders Education Foundation or of Leaders Credit Union in good standing. To join Leaders Education Foundation, please click here.
Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors in West Tennessee. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States or a trade, vocational or technical program within the state of Tennessee. All scholarships are given on a one-time basis.
Leaders Credit Union or Leaders Education Foundation directors, officers, and employees are not eligible.
Financial Wellness Video Scholarship (1) – $2,500: This scholarship is for students who provide a video submission providing tips or suggestions on “How to be Financially Fit.” Students must submit a video link through YouTube with their application. Submissions will be posted on Leaders Education Foundation’s Facebook page and the number of likes and shares gained by each submission will be a factor in selecting the winner. View past videos on our Facebook page for inspiration.
Leaders Credit Union- Martha Britt Scholarship (1) – $1,000: This scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant’s financial need. As a Founding Corporate Charter Sponsor of Leaders Education Foundation, a scholarship is awarded in honor of Leaders Credit Union which requested the scholarship also be awarded in honor and memory of Martha Britt, a west TN champion for education and educator in the Jackson-Madison County School System for over 30 years.
Town & Country REALTORS® Scholarship (1) – $1,000: This scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant’s community service. As a Sustaining Corporate Charter Sponsor of Leaders Education Foundation, a scholarship to a deserving student in West Tennessee is awarded in honor of Town & Country REALTORS®.
Ellis Insurance Agency Scholarship (1) – $1,000: This scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant’s academic achievement. As a Sustaining Corporate Charter Sponsor of Leaders Education Foundation, a scholarship to a deserving student in West Tennessee is awarded in honor of Ellis Insurance Agency.
Founders Scholarship (1) – $1,500: This scholarship honors Leaders Credit Union’s founding membership group, Jackson-Madison County Schools. This scholarship is designated for high school seniors graduating from a high school within the Jackson-Madison County School System.
Community Scholarships (5) – $1,000 each: Scholarships are designated for one student from each community: (1) Obion County, TN; (1) Gibson County, TN; (1) Dyer County, TN; (1) Shelby County, TN; and (1) all other counties in West Tennessee including Madison County, TN.
*Additional scholarships may be awarded to applicants based on academic achievement, financial need or community involvement.
Complete the online application. Please have the information below ready before filling out the online application. Applications cannot be saved and should be completed at one time.
Answer the questions in the space provided on the online application (type or write out answers prior to filling out the online application to save time):
1: Describe any special circumstances that may affect your ability to pay for your college tuition.
2: Why do you feel you should be considered for Leaders Education Foundation Scholarship(s)?
3: What are your educational goals and how will your educational choices affect the rest of your career?
4: Explain whether you feel it is important to manage money and debt wisely and how it can affect your future.
Documents and files to have for uploading to complete the application:
- High School Transcripts: An official transcript is not required. Accepted file types are jpg, png, or pdf.
- Senior or Official Picture: Exclude any cropped or edited images with graphics overlaid on them. Pictures are not used in scholarship determination, only in the winning scholarship announcements and publicity. Accepted file types are jpg, png, or pdf.
- Proof of College Acceptance: Copy of acceptance letter or other proof. An official letter is not required. Accepted file types are jpg, png, or pdf.
- Letters of Recommendation: Please upload two Letters of Recommendation from a non-relative. One Letter of Recommendation should be from a school official or teacher. Accepted file types are jpg, png, doc, or pdf.
- ACT Score: Please upload ACT Score or an additional copy of transcript if listed. (Must have official documentation of score if not listed on transcript). Accepted file types are jpg, png, or pdf.
By applying for a scholarship, applicants consent to the use of their submitted photographs, names, and likenesses in Leaders Education Foundation’s and/or Leaders Credit Union’s promotional materials and social media channels.
Missing information within the application will result in disqualification. Leaders Education Foundation is under no obligation to contact applicants regarding missing or incomplete information. All applications will be reviewed and graded based on a scorecard carefully created by the scholarship committee. Students may apply for more than one scholarship if the student qualifies. For instance, a student can apply for the Financial Wellness Video Scholarship as well as a Community Scholarship if the student meets the location qualifications.
The scholarship funds may be used at the student’s discretion to help with the costs associated with education, including tuition, books, fees or various living costs.
February 1-28, 2022: Applications Accepted
February 28, 2022: Deadline
March 1-6, 2022: Financial Wellness Video Scholarship (only) Social Media Voting
Week of March 28, 2022: Scholarship Committee Review
First week of April 2022: Scholarship Winners Announced
April 19, 2022: Awards Presented at Leaders Education Foundation’s Annual Meeting