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Announcing the Clarence Day Scholars

Publication Date: 9/1/2011

Thanks to a new scholarship program inaugurated this fall, Rhodes welcomed 10 top first-year students from Memphis and Shelby County high schools. The Clarence Day Scholarship Program, a partnership between Rhodes and the Day Foundation, will meet 100% of 10 local students’ financial need (tuition, room, board and books) for four years. Each student will also receive support for a “learning outside the classroom” experience in metro Memphis, such as service, research or an internship. The Day Foundation was established by Memphis businessman and philanthropist Clarence Day ’52, who passed away in 2009.

The program combines Clarence Day’s passion for encouraging young people to be the best they can be and for making Memphis a better place at an institution for which he deeply cared. Through the generosity of the Day Foundation, the Clarence Day Scholarship Program ensures that talented students from Memphis/Shelby County, regardless of income, have access to a world-class liberal arts education and the opportunity to make a positive impact on Memphis.

Day Scholars are required to meet Rhodes’ rigorous academic standards, maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, remain on track to graduate in four years, live in accordance with the Rhodes Honor Code and complete one summer fellowship activity.

Elena Mosby, who attended Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, says she initially was attracted to Rhodes because of “its commitment to academic diversity and adherence to an Honor Code which is unlike any other. Also there is an incredible commitment to service. Being a resident of the Memphis area, I’m extremely grateful for the Day Scholarship because now I have the opportunity to give back to my city and be a student at the best liberal arts college in the nation.”

In addition to Mosby, the class of 2015 Clarence Day Scholars includes: Dre Jean Cummings, Cordova High School; Katelyn Dagen, Millington High School; Eliza Hendrix, St. Mary’s Episcopal School; Adam Howard, Christian Brothers High School; Alex Jarratt, Memphis University School, Iris Mercado, White Station High School; Shivam Patel, White Station High School; Kevin Shum, Houston High School; and Andrew Tutor, Houston High School.

“We are grateful to the Day Foundation trustees for their investment in these talented students,” says Rhodes President Bill Troutt. “The opportunity to be a Day Scholar at Rhodes—remaining in the community for four years of college, receiving an outstanding education and engaging in important and exciting learning initiatives beyond the campus—is a powerful combination for creating the future leaders for Memphis. We know they will do great things these next four years, and beyond.”


Day Scholars, left to right: Alex Jarratt, Shivram Patel, Kevin Shum, Katelyn Dagen, Dre Jean Cummings, Eliza Hendrix, Iris Mercado, Andrew Tutor, Elena Mosby. Not pictured: Adam Howard. (photo by Justin Fox Burks)


More About the Clarence Day Scholars

Dre Jean Cummings (Cordova, TN)
At her high school, Cummings won several awards for her participation in theatre and served as senior class secretary and chair for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project. However, her most notable accomplishment was being the first student elected as a Board Commissioner to the Memphis City School Board.

Katelyn Dagen (Millington, TN)
Valedictorian of her senior class, Dagen also served as captain of the varsity soccer team, yearbook editor-in-chief, Beta Club vice president and student government president. She has been committed to service through blood drives, youth outreach and “Saturdays with Seniors.” Dagen also served as a high school representative at Shelby County School Board meetings

Eliza Hendrix (Memphis, TN)
Hendrix has served as a volunteer for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, MIFA, and Polar Bear Plunge; a camp counselor at Woodland Presbyterian School, and a participant of Bridge Builders and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Society. At St. Mary’s, she was president of the wind ensemble and the Classical Movies Club as well as co-captain of the softball team.

Adam (Aubrey) Howard (Memphis, TN)
Howard is a first-generation college student, and at his high school, he served as president of the science and chess clubs and participated in the Key Club and Model United Nations. An Eagle Scout (Gold Palm), he spends each summer working for the Kia Kima Scout Reservation where he teaches children about boy scouting.

Alex Jarratt (Germantown, TN)
At Memphis University School, Jarratt was an active participant in theatre productions, the school newspaper, and mock trial, and he served as captain of the varsity bowling team. Outside of school, Jarratt has travelled extensively as an Ambassador for People to People.

Iris Mercado (Memphis, TN)
Mercado has helped plan fund-raising events for the Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) and at the age of 15, she became the youngest graduate from the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s Grassroots Organizer course. In 2010, Mercado co-founded an organization called Youth for Youth.

Elena Mosby (Germantown, TN)
Mosby was awarded the Presidential Service Award for her service commitments including performing Athenian dance in nursing homes and inner-city schools. She also has participated in the Volunteer Girls State program and Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. In high school, she was student government president, newspaper co-editor, captain of the Knowledge Bowl Team, mock trial team captain, and a varsity swimmer.

Shivam Patel (Cordova, TN)
Patel won first place at the Memphis-Shelby County Science Fair and was an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist. He also has presented research for the Pediatric Academic Society and is on the Teen Advisory Council for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In addition, he has participated in Bridge Builders and Model UN; earned his black belt in Pasaryu Martial Arts; and is an Eagle Scout.

Kevin Shum (Germantown, TN)
Shum is a first-generation U.S. citizen. His service commitments include serving as president of the Multicultural Learning Program, tutoring at the Kumon Learning Center, and feeding and clothing the homeless a church volunteer. In high school, he earned a Gold Award on the National Spanish Exam and was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Key Club.

Andrew Tutor (Collierville, TN)
Tutor volunteers with multiple organizations and wants to gain skills in college to improve education in poverty-stricken areas of Memphis. His goal is to ensure that all students have access to a good secondary education that can lead them to the college of their choice. In high school, he participated in three recreational sports and served as president of the National Honor Society.

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Kenneth January 13, 2012

The Day Scholars Program is an opportunity to build future leadership for Memphis and surrounding areas that could potentially have long term positive impact.