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Leaders Education Foundation Announce Workforce Readiness Scholarships

JACKSON, Tenn. (Dec. 14, 2022) – Leaders Education Foundation, a non-profit 501C-3 formed by Leaders Credit Union, is pleased to announce the addition of workforce readiness scholarships to meet the needs of students preparing to enter the workforce. 


The new program will award up to $1,000 to students enrolled in workforce readiness programs or pursuing industry certifications through community colleges or the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Application periods will open annually on Dec. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1 for spring, fall and summer sessions. 


“With new manufacturers, medical facilities and businesses choosing West Tennessee, it’s important that our workforce is trained and ready to lead the way,” said Leigh Anne Bentley, President of Leaders Education Foundation.  


The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, purchasing associated supplies, books or materials, testing fees or other related costs associated with the program or certification.  


“These scholarships will ensure that students are ready and able to complete the required courses and not be left waiting due to financial needs.” Bentley said. “Leaders Education Foundation’s mission is to Make Lives Better, Together. We hope this new program will alleviate any financial burden that would prevent a student from completing a course or program.” 


Students can apply online at from now until January 9, 2023. Interested applicants will complete a brief application and upload a copy of the course registration for the upcoming semester and explain how the funds will be used to impact their education. 


Community members can join the Leaders Education Foundation through a one-time membership donation of $10 and stay updated when new grants and scholarships are announced. Any donation over the membership fee can be given in honor or in memory of a loved one. Through memberships, sponsorship and donations, the Leaders Education Foundation works hard to provide teacher grants, collegiate scholarships, and workforce development resources throughout West Tennessee. 


To become a member or join as a sponsor of the Foundation, visit 


About Leaders Education Foundation 

Leaders Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization serving West Tennessee. 

Established in 2019, the Foundation allows community-minded citizens, members, and organizations to unite to make lives better, together. The Foundation invests in the local community through scholarships, grants, and financial literacy resources to provide educational opportunities promoting workforce development, job enhancement, lifelong learning, and training for students, teachers, and our community. For more information about the Leaders Education Foundation, please visit