2021 JLM Voluntarism Scholarship Award

Available Awards


The Junior League of Memphis Scholarship Award Program will award $10,000 in college scholarships to three female high school seniors. The first-place winner will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship. Second and third place winners will each receive a one-time $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship is paid in two disbursements, once in the fall and once in the spring.


Scholarship Criteria 

Academic merit—consideration will be given to transcript (including course rigor and GPA), standardized test scores, and awards and accomplishments


Volunteer impact—including work as an organizer and leader of community volunteer activities


Strong personal character—as reflected in recommendation letters and essays


Eligibility Requirements


Reside in Shelby County or bordering county, including Fayette, Tipton, Crittenden (AR), Marshall and DeSoto (MS).

Be a first-generation college student (neither parent earned more than two years of education beyond high school and no post-secondary degree).

Be a female graduating high school senior who is eligible and plans to attend one of the following four-year accredited colleges or universities in the year in which the scholarship application is submitted: Baptist College of Health Sciences, Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, or The University of Memphis

Demonstrate a strong commitment to voluntarism in the local community.

Demonstrated financial need.

Have a Fall 2020 cumulative GPA (weighted)

NOT be an immediate relative of a Junior League member (i.e., sibling, daughter).

 ** Please note: Once you begin the application, you can not save and complete later. All information must be submitted at one time. **

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

All applications become the property of the Junior League of Memphis and will not be returned to the applicant.  The Scholarship Committee will inform all applicants of its decision by April 19, 2021 by email or U.S. mail.

I understand if selected as a recipient, I must submit an official high school transcript(s) and my 2019-2020 FAFSA or CSS Profile to verify demonstrated financial need. I understand that submitting an application is in no way a guarantee that a scholarship will be granted. I understand that scholarship award checks will be written to the school or university on behalf of the scholarship recipient. The Junior League of Memphis will not be involved with the distribution of funds other than payment to the recipient’s school.

Parent/Guardian Information 

High School


Volunteer, Work, Extracurricular Activities, and Family Responsibilities. List your involvement in volunteer engagements; paid employment; clubs, sports, or other activities (school- or community-based); and/or family responsibilities. Include the name of the organization/business, role and duties, dates of involvement, and time commitment (e.g. 3 hours/week).

Honors and Elected Offices. Include the name of the organization/business, role and duties, and dates of involvement.

College Plans

Word count for essay: minimum of 500 words max 750 words

Please describe your volunteer experiences and the impact that these experiences have had on you and on the persons and/or organizations served.

If you had the opportunity to change something in your community, what would you change and why?

Recommendation Letter Header Template:

Name (first and Last). Current School. College Attending in Fall 2021.

Letters of recommendation must be emailed to scholarships@jlmemphis.org by Friday, January 15, 2021.

Late or mailed recommendation letters will not be accepted.

Recommendation template for counselors to use to complete the recommendation for applicant: