2017 – 2018 Recipient Profiles

Isaiah Cunningham
I am currently a Junior
Entrepreneurship Major. I
am involved in a few organizations
on campus such
as Alpha Kappa Psi Professional
Business Fraternity,
Student Orientation Assistant,
Student Government
Association and Scholars

Clarkston Ellerby
A freshman, duel degree
Engineering Major, from
Nashville, TN. I graduated
from Hume Fogg High
School in May of 2017. I am
a member of NSBE and a
part of the Honors College
at Morehouse College. I enjoy
playing Basketball, listening to and producing
music, and I enjoy reading. I aspire to be a
successful engineer.

Damarius Drumwright
I️ am nineteen years old. I️
am from Nashville Tennessee
and have lived here my
whole life.. I️ am currently
enrolled as a freshman at
Belmont University in the
Mike Curb college of Entertainment
and Music Business.
My current major is Music Businesses. I️
am also currently in the midst of changing my
major. My current career aims are to work in the
music industry I‘ have not decided on anything
since I am redirecting the path I️ will be taking
toward my major. Although, I️ do not have any
current aims for my career I️ know for sure that
no matter what I️ am doing I️ want to work with
children in some form or shape.

Currently I️ am involved with multiple organizations
on campus which include: Chamber orchestra,
University Singers, a member or the
Core council, President of Community Council,
and a part of the Bruin recruiters.

Jaron Hayes
An Architectural Engineering
major at Tennessee
State University. I want to
begin by expressing my
extreme gratitude for this
scholarship awarded to me
by the Tau Lambda Education
Foundation. I am very
thankful for the scholarship I received. The
financial support has provided me an ease
of mind during my college experience. I am
enrolled at Tennessee State University with
a major in architectural engineering. So far, I
have received high marks in courses with three
A’s along with three B’s. I plan to continue with
this trend throughout my college matriculation
and intend to set myself up for a successful and
profitable architectural career. Again, I thank
you very much for the opportunity and acknowledgement.
My goals are now closer to fulfillment.

Jazon Hayes
Jazon is attending the
University of Tennessee at
Chattanooga. I want to give
a genuine thank you to the
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc. for providing me with a
scholarship, which has so
greatly impacted my college
experience. This scholarship has helped to
remove mental and financial stress I had before
coming to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
I want to make it known that the Tau
Lambda Education Foundation is forever appreciated.
I continue enjoy school and become
involved in various campus activities. Again,
I thank you very much for the opportunity and

Welton Pride
I am a Junior at the University
of Tennessee majoring
in Marketing with a Collateral
in Entrepreneurship
and minoring in Africana

Here on campus, I am
heavily involved with multiple organizations with
many leadership roles. I am on the executive
board of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business
Fraternity as the Vice President of Marketing.
I am also a Haslam College of Business
Ambassador, as well as a Diversity Advancement
Program Liaison. These positions are
responsible for representing the Haslam College
of Business at various events and special
occasions as well as aiding in the recruitment
of potential students who are interested in attending
the University of Tennessee. I am also
a peer mentor through the Multicultural Mentoring
Program, where we lend our counsel and
advice to freshman to enhance in their college
experience and lead to a higher retention the
students in the program. I am also a member
of Campus Events Board (CEB) where we host
events, speakers, and programs for the entire
student body. And finally, I am a member of the
National Society of Leadership and Success
where we develop leadership skills and cultivate
connections with fellow student leaders on

I want to thank the Alphas for their constant
support and pushing me to make the most out
of myself. They have been so instrumental in
my growth and maturation process and I am
thankful for the assistance they have, and continue
to give.

Elijah Horton
Currently a freshmen Agriculture
and Environmental
Science major at North Carolina
A&T State University.
Horton has participated in
several summer education
programs including, Tennessee
State University
Agriculture Apprenticeship
Program, the Purdue University Minority Engineering
Program, University of Tennessee
Engineering Summer Program (won best car
design), TSU P.E.P.S.I Summer Program (won
best bridge and robot design), and shadowed
a chemical engineering professor at Vanderbilt
University. He lists musician as an extracurricular

2017 Scholarship Luncheon – Booklet



On Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Tau Lambda held the 37th Annual Education Foundation Scholarship Luncheon. This booklet salutes this annual event in support of area youth leaders.


2017 – 2018 Scholarship Application Packet – Due Feb 1, 2018

Students, Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders:

The Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is accepting applications
for scholarship funds awarded by the Education Foundation. The Foundation provides
financial assistance to African-American high school males who have demonstrated
academic promise and financial need, and will pursue post-secondary education at an
accredited college/university in the United States. Since its inception, the Foundation has
awarded scholarships, based on merit and financial need to deserving students, and engaged
in a broad range of community service programs aimed at exemplary character and
leadership. Two distinct scholarship awards are offered: The Mack C. Jolley Service
Scholarship and The Tau Lambda Education Foundation Achievement Scholarship.
Award recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants received by the designated
deadline of February 1, 2018.

Please download the Scholarship Application Packet, available in a pdf.


2017 Scholarship Luncheon – Sponsorship

2017 Scholarship Sponsor Letter – Details

Dear Friend,

The Tau Lambda Chapter Educational Foundation (TLCEF) will host its 37th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Saturday, December 2nd at the Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel, 600 Marriott Drive. The featured speaker will be Dr. Damon A. Williams, Ph. D, and Senior Vice President & Youth Development Officer for the Boy and Girls Club of America.  As chief educational and youth development officer, Dr. Williams is responsible for defining the organization’s strategies that create vibrant and impactful, expanded learning-time programming that enhances the pipeline into higher education, and helps to launch great futures for more than 4 million young people worldwide.

Over the past 30 years, the TLCEF has supported more than 70 students with full and partial scholarships. How can you help? Your company’s sponsorship will assist the Foundation’s continued effort to ensure more deserving Middle Tennessee students can overcome the rising costs of post-secondary education. Your generous support will make dreams a reality and will help to create a positive future we all want for our youth.

Founded in 1978, the Tau Lambda Chapter Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which focuses on making college education attainable for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Scholarship Luncheon is the Foundation’s signature annual event.  The Foundation has provided scholarship assistance to high school students. However, in recent   years more attention and resources have been devoted to help African-American males pursue a college education. Proceeds from   the   luncheon benefit   the   Tau    Lambda    Chapter   Education   Foundation. To find out more about the Foundation and its work please visit  http://taulambda-education.org/.

2017 Scholarship Luncheon Details

  • Annual luncheon attendance to exceed 400 patrons
  • Special recognition on current and former scholarship recipients in attendance

This event is open to the public. Sponsorship options are outlined on the subsequent page. For more event and sponsorship information contact Dennie Marshall (615) 330-2264 dmarsh2561@comcast.net) or Franklin Westbrook (931-261-3706 fswestbrook@charter.net).





Dennie Marshall                                                       Franklin Westbrook

Event Chair                                                               Event Co-Chair



Permission and Liability Waiver for Scholarship Recipients/Applicants (Part 6 of 6)

I __________________________________________grant permission for my likeness,

in all forms, to be used in all media, including but not limited to photographic images and video on Tau Lambda Education Foundation promotional materials.  Such promotional materials may include, but not be limited to: Website, Brochures, E-Newsletters and print mediums. I expect absolutely no compensation for the use of my likeness in these promotional materials.


I release all claims for copyright or ownership.  Furthermore, I authorize the Tau Lambda Educational Foundation to use my likeness, in all forms, including but not limited to name, voice, image, and biography for publicity or promotion without any compensation or payment being made for any such use or further use thereof on an unlimited basis in all markets and in all media now known or hereafter created.

I have read the release and waiver of liability and fully understand its consent. I voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above.



________________________________________________                                    ___________________________
(Student Signature)                                                  (Date)



If Participant is Under 18 (must be at least 17 years of age):
I, ____________________________as legal guardian of______________________________,
                            (print guardian name)                                                                              (print student name)


consent to the above listed terms and conditions.


Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Date: _________

Scholarship Application (Part 1 of 6)

Scholarship Application

Please indicate which scholarship you are applying for:

Mack C. Jolley [  ]                                                     The Education Foundation [  ]

Applicant Biographical Information:

Name __________________________________________________________________

First                                                    Middle                                                Last

Permanent Address ______________________________________________________


(City)                                                                        (State)                                     (Zip)

Home Ph: (      ) __________________________________________________________

Cell Ph:(     )_____________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: ________________         Social Security Number ____________________

Parent/Guardian of applicant: _______________________________________________

Number of children in the household, including applicant _____   (Ages) _____________

How many will be in college this fall? ______

Financial Need:

Annual household income $_________________________

Do you expect parental contribution toward college expenses? Yes [  ]    No [  ]

If not, who will be responsible for your expenses? _______________________________

Have you received other scholarships or grants?  Yes [  ]   No [  ]

Academic Profile (Transcript required):

High School _____________________________________________________________

GPA: ______/4.0 scale (Request an official transcript from your guidance counselor)

ACT Score (if applicable):________                         SAT Score (if applicable):________


Demonstrated Leadership:

(Use additional sheets to list organizations, offices held, community involvement, etc.)

Extracurricular activities: __________________________________________________

Awards/Honors: _______________________________________________________

(Use additional sheets to list your academic honors, achievements, etc.)

Community Activities: ____________________________________________________

Have you ever been subject to disciplinary action? Yes [  ]   No [  ]

If yes, please explain.______________________________________________________

College you plan to attend: _________________________________________________

Are you expecting to receive other scholarships or grants? Yes [  ]   No [  ]

If yes, list type(s) and amount(s) expected to receive: ____________________________


(Use the attached recommendation forms. Obtain letters from a counselor and teacher who have taught the applicant within the past 3 years.)

Recommendations will be provided by:



NOTE: Application and support documents must be postmarked by April 1.

Mail to:                      Tau Lambda Education Foundation

ATTN: Terrance J. Gibson

Scholarship Committee

2073 Sherbrooke Lane

Nashville, TN  37211

(615) 308.5978

Only selected applicants will be notified to interview by the Scholarship Committee.

[Tau Lambda Scholarship Committee reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the information contained in the application packet. All information will be kept confidential.]

Scholarship Award  Information

  • Must be a full-time student at an accredited college/university, starting fall 2017.
  • Will be paid directly to the recipient’s college/university.
  • Will not pay for study outside of the United States.

____________________________________                           _________________

Applicant’s Signature                                                                        Date




The Role of Community Service and Civic Responsibility

The MACK JOLLEY scholarship promotes education to encourage civic responsibility, service and to strengthen academic achievement. Explain how this goal will be promoted if you are a recipient of the scholarship. Please include what you aspire to contribute to your community and society as a whole and include what your passions are. With these themes in mind, use 300 words or less to share how a college education will impact you.

Education Foundation Achievement Scholarship Essay (Part 3 of 6)

Education Foundation Achievement Scholarship Essay


The Benefits of a Quality Education

This scholarship promotes education to encourage leadership and to strengthen academic achievement. Explain how this goal will be promoted if you are a recipient of the scholarship. Please include what you aspire to and what your passions are. With these themes in mind, use 300 words or less to share how a college education will impact you.

Teacher Nomination Form (Part 4 of 6)

Teacher Nomination Form

APPLICANT: After filling in your name, give the form to a teacher (must have taught you within past 3 years) to complete and return to you in a sealed envelope, with the signature of the reference on the back.

Student Name: ___________________________________________________________

TEACHER:  Please tell us to what extent the applicant has demonstrated full use of their intellectual potential. How would you describe the applicant’s values and character?  Are there other factors which may be relevant?


____________________________________              ________________________

Teacher’s Signature                                                                            Date