Known informally as the Millie and Mike Fund, this scholarship was established to honor Millie and Mike, New Yorkers who moved to Memphis in 1957 and enthusiastically entered into the Mid-South scene. Millie was a mom and homemaker who became executive secretary to Dr. Harwell Wilson, Professor and Chairman of Surgery at UT Medical Units. Mike was a Memphis businessman who in retirement became Memphis volunteer of the year for his work with Blues City, an arts organization, funded in part by grants from the Memphis City Council to support the arts in Memphis. They loved working with young people and loved the arts, and the Millie and Mike Fund was established by their children to honor their memory.
Scholarship recipients must be:
A) Be a resident of Shelby County, Tennessee
B) Be a graduating senior of a Shelby County, Tennessee high school
C) Continue their education full-time at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school during the upcoming school year
D) Plan to pursue an education in the arts: Fine Arts, Literary Arts, Moving Image Arts, Music, Dance, and Theatre (including Technical Theatre)
The scholarship review committee may contact recipients for a brief interview during the late spring.
This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional, consecutive years. Renewal recipients must submit an abbreviated application each year, documents adequate progress toward a degree, remains in good academic standing at their school, and has continuing financial need.