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Leaders Education Foundation Awards Workforce Readiness Scholarships

JACKSON, Tenn. (January 30, 2023) Leaders Education Foundation, a non-profit 501C-3, is pleased to award its first cohort with workforce readiness scholarships to meet their educational needs as they prepare to enter the workforce.

The program launched in December and awards 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 December 1, May 1, and August. 1 for spring, fall and summer sessions.

“One of the pillars of Leaders Education Foundation is to support workforce development in our community,” said Leigh Anne Bentley, Foundation President. “With employment needs across our region, we hope these scholarships will allow more students to enter the workforce well prepared.”

Over 100 students applied for the first scholarship cycle from West Tennessee community colleges and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, purchasing associated supplies, books or materials, testing fees or other costs associated with the program or certification.

“These scholarships help to bridge the gap between tuition and other costs associated with each program,” Bentley said. “No matter a student’s path to the workforce, we want to be a part of leading the way for them to get there.”

Community members can become a member of 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 provides teacher grants, collegiate and workforce readiness scholarships, and lifelong learning 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