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Historical Booker T. Washington High School Holds Scholarship Events over MLK Holiday Weekend


By:  Tecia Marshall

January 15, 2015


Memphis, TN – Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, Tennessee, announces its 2015 Warrior Weekend of events.  The weekend will consist of various engaging and remarkable events that bring alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the entire community together to raise money for the scholarship fund.

Warrior Weekend will be held from Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19, 2015.  Events include a meet and greet, alumni gala, alumni basketball game, a 5K walk/run, prayer breakfast, talent showcase and a culminating event commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although it is titled, “Warrior Weekend” anyone is welcome to join the festivities.  All-inclusive tickets are $100 and individual event tickets are available as well.


About Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, TN

Clay Street School originated in 1873 and was the first all brick building for “the colored of Memphis”.  Black citizens succeeded in staffing the entire school with black teachers.  Soon afterward, Clay School was renamed Kortrecht Grammar School, and then Kortrecht High School in 1891.  The first Memphis Black High School class graduated in 1891.

In 1911 the Memphis Board of Education decided that a new school was needed to replace the old and inadequate Kortrecht High School. At this time Kortrecht was the city’s only Black public high school.  Thus every Black graduate in Memphis was an alumnus of Kortrecht school.  In 1926 Kortrecht High school became Booker T. Washington in another new building.

Booker T. Washington now Middle and High School is a public secondary school located in South Memphis. Part of the Shelby County Schools district, it serves grades 6-12. BTW’s mission is for students to become equipped with the intellectual, technological and social skills that will allow them to exceed the expectations of state and national standards.  The school gained national attention when U.S. President, Barack Obama delivered the school’s 2011 commencement address as a reward for winning the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.  Notable alumni include WREG news anchor Claudia Barr, Earth, Wind & Fire member, Maurice White, Willie Gregory of Nike, TN, Fred Jones, founder of The Southern Heritage Classic and the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.


To learn more about this weekend of events, contact:


Booker T. Washington Middle & High School

715 S. Lauderdale St. | Memphis, TN. 38126

Office: (901) 416-7240 | Cell:  (901) 864-8660 | Fax: (901) 416-7244



Community Foundation of Greater Memphis – High School Scholarships 2014

Available Scholarships

The Community Foundation invites you to explore scholarship opportunities to help you achieve through education.

In 2014-15, the Community Foundation is offering 17 scholarships, most for graduating high school seniors who intend to enroll in a two- or four-year program at an accredited institution. Scholarships that are open to other students are noted (*). Most available scholarships fall in the $1,000-$2,000 range, and often several are awarded in each category.

Most applications are due April 1, 2014 with the exception of the Don Poier Memorial Scholarship, which is dueMarch 3, 2014. All applications should be submitted by mail to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

We suggest you read the Frequently Asked Questions before completing an application.

Please email Grants and Initiatives Associate Vanessa Langston or call her at (901) 722-0032 for more information.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust will offer three $5,000 diversity scholarships in 2014 to minority undergraduate students who wish to pursue careers in the field of health care. Applications are due by February 28, 2014. Learn more.

For students attending specific high schools

Donors have created scholarship opportunities for students who attend the following high schools: Bolton, Booker T. Washington, Central, East, Fayette County public schools, Frayser, Kirby, Melrose, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Overton, Raleigh-Egypt, and Whitehaven. Please read each description carefully to determine your eligibility.

For students pursuing specific areas of study

We offer opportunities for students majoring in certain academic areas including music performance, broadcasting, journalism, math, science, engineering, and family or consumer science.

Other opportunities

There are several other scholarships open to students who fit certain criteria. These include opportunities for service-minded students, NAACP ACT-SO participants, students whose parents have disabilities, LeMoyne-Owen College students, young mothers, and parishioners at certain churches. Please explore each option to determine if you are eligible.

Funded by a special grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Memphis will offer a residential summer session June 8-21 to let high school students explore STEM fields – the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics – to help them envision studying those subjects in college. The STEM Academy is open to students who will be high school sophomores and juniors in fall 2014.Chosen from Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, the students will live on campus in U of M residence halls during the two-week session. Housing, meals, and all activities will be paid for by the grant.

To be selected, students must have successfully completed Algebra I. They also must have finished the ninth grade and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher or staff member at an applicant’s high school. 

Space is limited in this competitive program. The application deadline is April 18.





Shelby County Schools will be holding a series of public meetings to get feedback from the community on proposed rezoning plans for the 2014-15 school year.  The proposals were first introduced to the Board of Education during its Work Session on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The first meeting will be held on Monday, February 24 at E.E. Jeter Elementary School.


Parents (of Shelby County Schools students) – This Friday, February 14th, yes, Valentine’s Day, is a half-day for students. It is a district learning day for teachers. Also, students AND teachers are out next Monday, the 17th for President’s Day.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

The General Choice transfer period for the 2014-15 school year will begin on February 18 and run through March 7.  The process allows students to choose a school with available space in the district that best fits their educational needs.

The General Choice Transfer process is NOT the same as the Optional Schools application process. The district’s 48 Optional Schools have specific academic criteria for admissions and a separate application period. For information about Optional Schools, call (901) 416-5338 or go to

The General Choice Transfer process is open to ALL students in Shelby County and includes all schools that will be part of Shelby County Schools during the 2014-15 school year.  General Choice transfers are approved based on the order they are received, within priority categories.  The district’s School Admissions Polity (#6002) outlines all priority considerations.

Students on an existing General Choice transfer at a school remaining with SCS in 2014-15 do NOT have to reapply.  Students may remain at a school on General Choice transfer through the exit grade as long as all criteria for attendance and behavior are met.  Separate transfer renewal approval letters will be sent to these students.

Once again, the General Choice transfer process will be completely online to afford the most opportunities for students and families in Shelby County.  NO paper applications will be printed or accepted.  An online portal will be accessible before the application period for parents to test access on their personal computers and smart phones.  The district will also announce several application locations for parents who do not have personal Internet access and/or need hands-on assistance.

**IMPORTANT** SCS is NOT able to renew General Choice Transfers for  students attending a school that will be part of a municipal district in 2014-15 and do not live within the school’s municipal boundaries. The SCS School Admissions Policy and General Choice transfer process applies to ONLY schools that will be part of the district in 2014-15.  Under the following scenarios, transfer renewals CANNOT be approved by SCS:

Scenario 1 – A current SCS student who lives in the city limits of Memphis or an unincorporated area of Shelby County and is attending a municipal school on a General Choice transfer.  Ex. Student lives in Memphis and attends Arlington H.S.

Scenario 2 – A current SCS student who lives in one municipality and is attending school in another on a General Choice transfer.  Ex. Student lives in Collierville and attends Bartlett ES.

Decisions about student  enrollment within the municipal school districts will be made by the superintendent and school board in each respective district.  If you live in a municipality and/or are currently attending a school that will be part of a municipal district in 2014-15, please contact the appropriate municipal school board for more information about student enrollment.