When the late Fannie Cole Clark was a child, she created her own classroom beneath a backyard tree and taught the neighborhood kids. Even at an early age, she held a deep passion for education.
Years later, she would fulfill her life's dream by becoming a Memphis City Schools educator, as well as an accomplished musician, recording artist, songwriter and founder of the Fannie Clark Singers and Tennessee Mass Choir. As a community activist, for more than 20 years, Clark welcomed candidates of all political affiliations to her home to speak to hundreds of citizens about their plans to improve Memphis and Shelby County.
To honor her work, family members, friends, and the community she loved have established the Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship for high school seniors. The scholarship program will be officially launched on May 16th at 7 p.m. at the inaugural Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship Banquet at Rejoice in the Covenant Church, 2931 Ridgeway Rd.
Tickets are $25 to cover the cost of the meal and banquet. Persons unable to attend the banquet and who wish to honor the memory of Clark by assisting students may make donations payable to the Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship Fund. Contributions should be mailed to Rejoice in the Covenant Church; P.O. Box 770357. Memphis, TN 38177. Donations are tax deductible.
Scholarship applicants must be high school seniors who desire to enter college in 2014 and major in either education, music or political science. Interested applicants are asked to submit their name, address and contact information; an essay of 500 words outlining life goals, school and community Involvement; and three letters of recommendation.
Applicants must have at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher. GPA's must be verified by the student's high school guidance counselor. The top 10 candidates will be interviewed by phone. Two students will be selected to receive the 2014-15 Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each, plus a $250 book stipend for the freshman year.
The application deadline is May 12th. Each recipient will be notified of his or her selection by May 19th. Funds will be disbursed to the student after a letter of acceptance is received from an accredited college or university.