Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship

$1,200Award Amount
1Number of Awards
4/4/2023Submission Deadline

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Born on May 25, 1978, Josh Fielder earned a college degree in technology and returned to Memphis to pursue his dreams. His quest for knowledge led him to learn more about science, literature, philosophy, technology, and other subjects.

Fielder worked in the tech and entertainment industries where he influenced many lives with his humor. In addition, he established a charity to help the homeless in the Memphis area. After his death, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis established a scholarship program (Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship) in his memory.

The Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student resident in Tennessee, Arkansas, or Mississippi to pursue an undergraduate program at an accredited vocational or technical school, college, or university in the greater Memphis area later. This scholarship awards $1,200 to only one student every year. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.

Key Information of Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • High School
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 17.

April 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on April 4.

June 2023

Awards Announcement Date

The winner is announced in June.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: All
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Geographic Eligibility: Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship


Acquire a reference letter from a professional

Get a professional to write one of your recommendation letters to increase your chances of winning. Both letters must be from those who know you well and can speak to your skills, abilities, and character.


Let your essay reflect Josh Fielder's story

Do not write a compelling essay where you list only your goals and how the scholarship can help you to achieve those goals. You can add Fielder’s story as an impact or an inspiration to your life. Josh's thirst for knowledge should match your desire to continue school, for example.


Ensure that someone reviews your essay

After writing your essay, give it to someone to review it. Keep in mind that your essay must be one-paged. You can give your essay to your teacher, student advisor, or colleague.


Review your application before sending it

Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence so keep your grades high as this scholarship is very competitive. Achieving more than the required GPA of 2.5 is a must to guarantee a win.

How the Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship is Judged

Applications are evaluated based on academic achievement, compelling essays, and financial need. Recommendation letters add to the evaluation process and decision-making.

Why We Love the Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship


The scholarship is not taxable

Recipients of the Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship are not required to pay any taxes because the scholarship does not cover room and board and other miscellaneous expenses.


Apply for up to five scholarships

Candidates for the Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship can also apply for other (up to five) scholarship programs offered by the Community Foundation. This will serve as an opportunity to land a financial award under the foundation should in case the applicant fails to win the Josh Fielder award.


Award for all types of higher institutions

Recipients of the Josh Fielder award can use the scholarship to pursue their education not only in a college or university but also in a vocational school in the greater Memphis area.

5 Facts About Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship


The scholarship is not fully-funded

The Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship does not cover the entire cost of the recipient's college or university education as it provides only partial support.


Foundation does not decide on recipients

The advisory committee of the scholarship fund reviews applications and recommends winners to the Community Foundation's Board of Governors.


The scholarship is not automatically renewable

The Josh Fielder Memorial Scholarship is not automatically renewable by maintaining good academic standing but recipients can reapply every year.


Recipients required to send thank you letter

Winners must write a thank you letter, addressing it to the "Scholarship Committee", then mail it to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.


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