The Leaders Education Foundation scholarship awards will be given to high school seniors in the Jackson and West Tennessee area who portray leadership in school and their community. Applicants may apply to any traditional four-year university, community college, or technical or vocational programs or schools. The Leaders Education Foundation Scholarship will be offering the following one-time scholarships: 

Financial Wellness Video Scholarship – $2,500: This scholarship is designated for students who share tips on “How to Be Financially Fit” through a video submission. Students must attach their YouTube video link with their application. Submissions will be posted on the Leaders Education Foundation Facebook page, where the number of likes gained will be factored into their scholarship scorecard for additional points. For more information, please see the Video Submission Consent and Guidelines below in “how to apply.”

Founders Scholarship (Designated for students in the Jackson-Madison County School System)– $1,500: This scholarship is designated for high school seniors graduating from a high school within the Jackson-Madison County School System.

Community Scholarship – $1,500: This one-time scholarship will be awarded to four students from the following areas: Union City & Obion County, TN (1), Milan and Gibson County, TN (1), within the city of Bartlett, TN (1) and all other surrounding counties in West Tennessee (1-including Madison County, TN).

How to Apply

The 2020-2021 Scholarship Period will open in early 2021.

To be considered for one of the Scholarships, an applicant must adhere to the following guidelines: 

  1. The applicant must be a 2021 graduating senior in West Tennessee.
  2. The applicant, or an immediate family member, must be a member of Leaders Credit Union or Leaders Education Foundation in good standing. (An immediate family member is defined as a parent or grandparent.) To join the Leaders Education Foundation, make a donation of $10 or more through online giving.
  3. The applicant must enroll as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  4. The applicant must submit a completed scholarship application (no staples please), accompanied with the following attachments, to receive consideration for the scholarship: 
    1. ACT score (Must have official documentation of score if not listed on transcript.)
    2. Two letters of recommendation (Attached forms may be used or separate letters.)
    3. Proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university (Copy of acceptance letter or other proof)
    4. Any other information which you feel would aid the Scholarship Committee in the selection process
    5. Digital copy of your senior picture emailed to

We encourage all applicants to complete three financial literacy courses designated by the scholarship committee. This will earn additional points for applicants on their scholarship scorecard. Applicants must pass with a score of 80% or higher. Applicants should print their certificate of completion and include it in their scholarship packet. Applicants may take only the three courses specified, but points may be applied to applications for any of the scholarship offerings (Financial Wellness, Founders or Community Scholarship). Please see the Financial Literacy Course Instructions for more 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. The 2021 application period will open in early 2021.