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SAA Alumna Shares Her Story

SAA Alumna Shares Her Story

16 Feb, 2024

St. Agnes Academy alumna Jaila Hampton, Class of 2023,  was recently a guest columnist for the Commercial Appeal. As a graduting high school senior, Jaila received a scholarship from the Memphis City Council HBCU Scholarship Fund. In this column she shares her thoughts on the importance of the city of Memphis investing in its youth and the transformative power of that investment. 

Jaila is currently a student at Texas Southern University. 

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HBCU scholarship fund changed a young woman's life. She wants to expand it

Last year, I received a scholarship from the Memphis City Council HBCU Scholarship Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

As a first-year student at Texas Southern University, that scholarship helped me fully immerse myself in the college experience. Being away from home isn’t easy for a first-year student, but along with entering college debt-free, I’ve achieved a 3.76 GPA and joined the Thomas F. Freeman Debate Team.

I am currently serving as a freshman senator in the Student Government Association and leading a Bible study group. Most recently, I traveled with 11 strangers across Tennessee to discuss solutions to gun violence and presented five solutions to state legislators on the first day of the legislative session with the input of more than 30,000 Tennesseans.

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