Tennessee State University to award 1,600+ scholarships to SCS students

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands of students across Memphis are receiving the recognition they rightfully deserve.

Tennessee State University has awarded more than 1,600 scholarships to Shelby County Schools students across the District.

Ceremonies will be held across the city to honor and celebrate thousands of other students on their academic achievements.

“It feels absolutely amazing to be a great example to young kids,” said Alexius Gory, a senior at Trezevant High.

Gory is a member of the girls’ basketball team, works at Walgreens, and may soon become a Tiger after receiving a full-ride scholarship to attend Tennessee State University. 

“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Gory.

And she’s not alone. Dozens of Shelby County School students gathered at Pursuit of God Church Tuesday to receive full and partial academic scholarships to attend TSU, including a Roberto Carranza, a Honduran immigrant. 

“It feels amazing to come from Honduras looking for education where everything can be provided,” said Roberto Carranza, who attends Memphis Business Academy.

“We just want to allow students and parents an opportunity to make the early choice. Some of them may not attend TSU, but it does give them the selection,” said William Smith, Assistant Director of Admissions at Tennessee State University.

“I didn’t really want to go to college, but TSU is one I was choosing to go to if I wanted to. Now that I’m getting the scholarship, I can think on it,” said Maison Nepps, who attends MLK Preparatory High School.

While all students may not accept the scholarships, TSU says they’re offering more than 1,600 SCS students scholarships to attend their university.