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The Memphis Challenge Junior/Senior Program Application 2018-2019

The Memphis Challenge Program Overview

Memphis Challenge Junior and Senior Program

Founded in 1989 by J.R. ‘Pitt’ Hyde, The Memphis Challenge coaches talented, high achieving students of color (African American, Latino/a, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American), through leadership and professional development, preparing them to become future Memphis leaders.

The Memphis Challenge:
  • Offers leadership and professional development workshops.
  • Provides academic advisement to students and their families regarding scholarship opportunities and exposure to top colleges and universities.
  • Maintains contact throughout college life to ensure continued academic success.
  • Identifies summer internship opportunities in Memphis.
  • Assists students with career prospects after college upon their return to Memphis.
  • Offers experiential learning experiences.
Academic achievement, leadership abilities, and interviewing skills are the basis for selection. The following criteria are necessary for consideration:
  • Scholastic average of 3.5 or higher (Most recent report card or transcript required).
  • ACT score of at least 25 or a combined SAT score of 1500 (**applies to senior applicants only**).
  • Proven leadership skills, particularly in community service.

Completing the Application
This application includes questions regarding:
  • Personal Information
  • Contact Information
  • Contact Information for Parent/Guardian
  • Current High School
  • Scholastic Distinctions
  • Extracurricular Activities/Jobs 
  • Personal Statement (500 words max)
You will also be required to submit the following materials in order for your application to be considered complete: 
  • A most recent report card/transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, or other non-related authority who can speak to your character and leadership.
  • A copy of your ACT scores (seniors only).
The application process should take no longer than 35 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions while completing the Memphis Challenge application, please call Program Manager Avery Cunningham at 901-312-9621 or email her at

Extended Application Deadline: August 12, 2018 at 11:59PM.

The Memphis Challenge, Inc. | 516 Tennessee Street, Suite 422 | Memphis, TN 38103 | (901) 312-9261