High School Summer Law Intern Program Sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association
Who: Current Shelby County Schools Minority Sophomores and Juniors
What: 2018 High School Summer Law Intern Program
When: June 4, 2018 – June 29, 2018
Why: The High School Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups, with long-term goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession.
To be considered for a 2018 SLIP internship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a minority high school student in good standing 
  • Begin junior or senior year of high school in August, 2018
  • Reside in, and attend school in Shelby County
  • Never previously accepted into SLIP
Selection Criteria:
Members of the Memphis Bar Association (MBA) Summer Law Intern Program Committee will judge applicants on the following criteria:
  • Interest in law as a future career 
  • School and community activities and/or employment history
  • Oral presentation skills (e.g., group interviews)
  • Writing skills (e.g. Statement of interest)

If interested, please click HERE for the application.

C.L. Ratliff Scholarship for High School Seniors 2017
For more information click the link below:
C.L. Ratliff Scholarship for High School Seniors 2017
The C. L. Ratliff Scholarship Foundation will grant scholarships to selected graduating seniors living in the mid-south area who have been accepted to a college, university or vocational/technical school where the students will enroll for the fall of 2017. The scholarships are competitive and vary in amounts up to $1,000.
In order to be considered for the C. L. Ratliff Scholarship, both the character references and application form must be completed. The character references must be completed by midnight, April 8, 2017, and the application form must be completed by midnight April 15, 2017.


C.L. Ratliff Scholarship

The 2016 application is now available online!  

Bishop C.L. Ratliff invested her entire life to the work of the ministry. Determined to see others free from spiritual and natural bondages, she tirelessly gave of herself and her finances. Bishop C. L. Ratliff believed that along with a spiritual foundation, education was vital for a person to attain success in life. So that many could attend college, she personally paid their tuition and then made sure that they had transportation to and from school. Bishop Clithiel Ratliff dedicated her life to loving and helping people; and because of this, her legacy will always be remembered. The C.L. Ratliff Scholarship was first awarded in 1995 to three recipients.  For 2015, we celebrated our 20th anniversary and have awarded almost 100 scholarships within that time period.  

The C. L. Ratliff Scholarship Foundation will grant scholarships to selected graduating seniors living in the mid-South area who have been accepted to a college, university or vocational/technical school where the students will enroll for the fall of 2016. The scholarships are competitive and vary in amounts up to $700.  In order to be considered for the C. L. Ratliff Scholarship, both the character references and application form must be completed.  The character references must be completed by midnight, April 8, 2016, and the application form must be completed by midnight April 15, 2016


MIFA Job Announcement: Volunteer Ombudsman Coordinator

Job title: Volunteer Ombudsman Coordinator

Reports to Ombudsman program manager; full-time, 40 hours/week; starting rate $16.50 – 18.70/hour

Closing date: October 30, 2015

To apply, mail resume and cover letter to MIFA Human Resources, 910 Vance Ave, Memphis, TN  38126 or email to hrcoordinator@mifa.org. No phone calls, please.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in social service or related field
  2. Three years’ experience in a social service oriented environment
  3. Two years’ team-building experience with adult volunteers
  4. Two years’ experience working with seniors
  5. Proficient in Microsoft Office; capable of learning and operating Ombudsman program software

Major Responsibilities & Related Tasks

Recruit, train, monitor, obtain and write reports, and provide assistance and model activities for Volunteer Ombudsman Representatives (VORs) in the field.

  • Recruit, train, and place six to 10 new VORs quarterly
  • Schedule to participate in at least two community activities per month in order to expand awareness of the program and recruit new volunteers
  • Maintain a respectful and professional manner when in contact with residents and family members of long-term care facilities, facility administrators, and facility staff
  • Become certified through the Tennessee Ombudsman Program’s 15-hour training
  • Proficient with application, background check, interview processes, and program expectations of volunteers
  • Organize and conduct bi-monthly trainings for current active VORs
  • Collect and review VOR monthly reports with program manager
  • Maintain current VOR rosters with appropriate contact information

Maintain ongoing communication with VORs. Provide program support through communication with some data entry. Maintain monthly log of hours served by volunteers.

  • Document at least one face-to-face contact per month with each current active VOR. If face-to-face contact is not possible, contact by telephone, email, or standard mail.  Always document VOR contacts.
  • Prepare a 12-month schedule of VOR activities, including trainings, recognitions, Lunch & Chats, public education, and other activities
  • Create copy for quarterly VOR newsletter and coordinate with Advancement staff for production. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information and support to VORs while encouraging interest and positive feedback
  • Enter data into Raiser’s Edge and Ombudsmanager software programs monthly
  • Coordinate with human resources, outreach, and with other MIFA departments, including networking with other program coordinators

Other Responsibilities

  • Ensure MIFA’s values, mission and vision are demonstrated in the program’s work
  • Manage multiple tasks well in a fast-paced environment
  • Complete duties on schedule with little or no supervision
  • Learn a new approach to residents’ rights advocacy
  • Learn quickly and model activities expected of VORs
  • Complete certification as a Tennessee Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Welcome and respect people of diverse ages and races with sensitivity to civic and cultural issues
  • Work independently on team-oriented projects and goals
  • Manage confidential and privileged information appropriately and lawfully
  • Exhibit good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the aging process, seniors, and their needs
  • Provide proof of auto insurance and ability to visit nursing homes and affiliated agencies, etc.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk (or means to transport oneself); sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 15 to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision.

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high. Position may also require ongoing or periodic exposure to high crime environments. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moderate to high levels of stress during peak periods, and atypical work hours are periodically required.

MIFA full-time benefits: MIFA employees may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs on or before the 90-day trial period: Medical and dental insurance plans, short-term disability, long-term disability, employee assistance program, paid time-off, employer-sponsored life insurance, paid holidays, and MIFA’s matching 401k plan after a year of service.

MIFA employment guidelines: MIFA is an equal opportunity employer. MIFA is a non-smoking facility.

Employment documents: Application and/or resume; I-9; Form W-4; official transcripts verifying education if education is a requirement of the job.

Employment authorization and identification: Current federal law requires that documents be presented which verify both employment authorization and identification. One or more of the following documents must be presented before employment: Social Security card, state driver’s license/identification, U. S. birth certificate, U. S. passport, other U. S. government document.

Please note that it is the practice of MIFA not to allow the employment of relatives or of those living at the same address other than in the job classifications of special, temporary, or substitute.

The Christopher Reeve Scholarship Award
The Heart of America Foundation® Heroes of the Heart® Christopher Reeve Award is presented each year to an extraordinary youth who has demonstrated tremendous compassion and caring in serving his or her community.
Nominate a Hero for the Annual Christopher Reeve Award (http://www.heartofamerica.org/heroes/christopherreeveaward.htm)
1) Nominees must be high school seniors or younger and the awardee must be a high school senior or younger at the time the recipient is notified in March.
2) Nominations are accepted from September 15th through December 1, 2014.
3) One award recipient is selected in March and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Merriam-Webster, Inc. for post-secondary education.
*Please note that the nominator cannot be a relative of the nominee.
Nominations and questions should be sent to:
scholarships@heartofamerica.org via email –or– mail to:
The Heart of America Foundation 
1625 K Street NW, Suite 400, 
Washington, DC 20006 
Attn: Christopher Reeve Award
The award amount is usually $1,000. 

For more details, visit www.heartofamerica.org/heroes/christopherreeveaward.htm

Germantown (TN) Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Germantown Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., will be offering monetary scholarships to deserving minority males who are graduating college bound students. The enclosed application is to be completed with all documentation by May 14, 2014.

We are soliciting your help in distributing the Scholarship applications to your senior male students. As always, we thank you for your support in this endeavor.

This year, you have two options to submit. Applicants can either mail the completed application to the address listed below, or email the completed application and recommendation letters to polemarch@germantownalumni.org . All official transcripts must be mailed to the address below.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. GTAC
Attn: Derrick Wilbert
P.O. Box 382252
Germantown, Tennessee 38183-2252

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Derrick Wilbert at 901-550-5020, Detric Stigall at 901-218-8361 .

Thank you,
Derrick Wilbert

Spelman College Info Session at Mississippi Boulevard


Saturday March 15th from  3-5 pm, there will be an information session about Spelman College.  Also the Spelman College Glee Club will be featured during their Sunday morning service at 10 am on Sunday March 16th.

Church address is:  70 N. Bellevue Blvd., Memphis, TN

Teresa Jenkins, Memphis Chapter President
National Almunae Association of Spelman College

The Memphis Bar Association has a program for local High School Students interested in the practice of law.  If you know of any students or schools that would be interested in this information please forward this application to them.   
The application is also available on the MBA’s websitewww.memphisbar.org. Feel free to distribute the application to classes, schools, community groups, etc. that might have students interested in the program.  The more applicants the better!  We are especially trying to get the word out to high schools that historically have not had many applicants, which includes most of the MCS schools except Central, White Station and Whitehaven! The application deadline is March 25; applicants must be rising junior or seniors and attend school and reside in Shelby County.

Thank you!
Kandace Stewart
Attorney at Law

1000 Ridgeway Loop Road, Suite 200
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
Phone: 901.525.6781 | Direct: 901.271.0725

Fax: 901.271.0900 | Direct Fax: 901.842.9335

The Dell Scholars Program (HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS)

The Dell Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Dell Scholars (eligible high school seniors) receive $20,000 each to complete their higher education over the course of 6 years. In addition, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their college degrees. Scholars become part of a support network for each other that is made up of themselves, their schools, families, peers and a dedicated Dell Scholar team at the Michael & Susan Dell foundation.

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:

· Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for a minimum of two of the last three years

· Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year

· Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA

· Demonstrated need for financial assistance

· Planning to enter a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school

· U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

If you have further questions, check out the FAQ page.

Applications are due January 15, 2013,and the Dell Scholars will be announced on April 10, 2013 (after a semifinalist stage).

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will award the Maggie McDowell Scholarship to qualifying Memphis City and Desoto County High School seniors in May.

Recipients of the scholarship will be those graduating seniors who have
demonstrated excellence in the following areas:  academic preparation, school and community involvements, and positive character traits.

Click Here for Application