The MATAC Scholarship

The Memphis Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (MATAC) Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to deserving Tougaloo College and perspective Tougaloo college students who preferably hold permanent residency in The Greater Memphis Area or Northern Mississippi.


Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student, with 12 credit hours or more, in the Fall of the academic year of 2023-2024. High school seniors, college transfer and current Tougaloo College students must provide proof of enrollment to be awarded their scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a high school graduate, college transfer student, or currently enrolled at Tougaloo College.
  2. Must have a 2.5 overall GPA or above.
  3. Submit an essay (250-word essay addressing the value of a college education, state why they chose Tougaloo College, discuss career objective, demonstrate involvement in community activities, and explain how their education will be enhanced by receiving the MATAC Scholarship).
  4. Attach two letters of recommendation (teacher, guidance counselor, clergy, employer, etc.).
  5. Submit a copy of the official high school or college transcript.
  6. Submit completed application before midnight on August 31, 2023 for the Academic School Year 2023-24.

    *Only applications submitted before or on the deadline date will be accepted and reviewed!


How to Apply:

  1. Download the MATAC Scholarship Application at
  2. Complete and Save the fillable Application form and 
  3. Submit:  Email Application form and all required documentation to Rylander Garrett

MATAC Scholarship Committee Contact:

Faye Anderson, Rylander Garrett newdeltasoul@gmail.

2022 MATAC Scholarship Recipients


Makayla Hamilton
Hometown: Bartlett, TN
Classification: Sophmore
Major: Chemistry
Awards: Honor Roll, 2nd Place Hosa Tournament, Bridges (Certificate of Completion)
Organizational Affiliations: Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Tougaloo College Student Government Association,  Tougaloo College Dancing Diva, Pre-Alumni Council

GPA: 4.0

Matthew A. Smith
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics
Awards: 2020 Shan Whiteside Award
Sports: Mens Basketball Team
GPA: 3.6

Carlyn A. Payton
Hometown: Greenwood, MS
Classification: Freshman
Major: Special Education
Awards: National Honor Society, Superintendent’s Scholar, PEARLS Mentoring for Girls – Current President, 2021 PEARLS of the Year, ACT 20+ Club
Organizational Affiliations: Miss Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District (2021-2022), PEARLS Mentoring for Girls, Amanda Elzy High School Cheerleader, Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy
GPA: 4.5 (5.0 scale)

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