Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship


Mom PictureThelma Bates was a phenomenal woman that touched the lives of many with her unwavering spirit. She was a leader in her own unique way. Many can remember her uplifting and encouraging words of affirmation in Sunday school classes and through her work with the hearing impaired. She was a woman that loved the Lord with all of her heart; she was also the mother that raised Felicia Bates Pointer, the President & Founder of J.U.S.T.

Thelma was a woman with very little education but would conquer any task that was put before her, whether it was through her love for crafts or her intuitiveness to speak a timely word. There was no such thing as “I can’t do it” in her vocabulary because with God – all things are possible. In 1995, before she passed away, a goal of hers was to return to school to further her education; she was a huge proponent of education being your “success card” to life.

$500 scholarships will be awarded to two students per school year to be put toward their books, room & board, or tuition.  Now accepting applications and donations through May 2021.  The two scholarships will be given at our annual bowling event in 2021.  Date to be determined.


  • First Generation College Student in Immediate Household
  • Young Woman Between the Ages of 17 – 21
  • Passion to Make a Difference in Society

To Apply:

  • Submit a 500 word essay on “Why College Will Make a Difference For Me”
  • Provide proof of enrollment into college (transcripts, class schedule, or current school ID)

Submit materials for consideration to Please include “Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Application” in the subject line.

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