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Introducing the Day Scholars

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.

Photography by Justin Fox Burks

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.”

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Katherine McCaa Baldwin ′93 November 29, 2011

I′m excited to learn about this scholarship program for Memphis/Shelby County high school grads! As Rhodes continues to be recognized for its service-oriented environment, it makes me proud to know that Rhodes and Mr. Day are committed to Memphis and to making a difference here.

Christina Huntington (on behalf of Rhodes) October 26, 2011

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for your comment. I looked into the question of Day Scholars, and it′s true that Clarence Day funded scholarships for students some years ago. The Day Scholarships continue support that was provided in the past. An added dimension of the new program is that it supports students from Memphis/Shelby County in particular, as a way to make a positive impact on our city. 

Jennifer Larson October 25, 2011

Congrats! I′m delighted to see this program for Rhodes students. But I have to note that the Day Scholarship is not a new program at Rhodes! I was a Day Scholar from 1992-1996; there were about ten of us that year, plus one or two from a class ahead of us, and about a dozen in the class of 1997. We used to spend an evening with Clarence Day at the end of each school year, filling him in on the service in which we had been engaged that year.