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LaVerne and Colenzo Hubbard with Karl Sjolund

Last year, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School announced the creation of a scholarship to provide up to full financial support for deserving students from Shelby County, Tennessee who are seeking a high-quality college preparatory education in a boarding school setting. This year, the school welcomed the first three scholars.

SAS is now pleased to announce that the scholarships have been named to honor the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard. Together with his late wife, Debra, Father Hubbard founded the Emmanuel Center, a Memphis not-for-profit organization that seeks to “ransom the captive by educating and empowering at-risk youth and adults through Christian ministry so that they are elevated out of poverty and become productive citizens.” He was Founding Vicar of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, which was established as a result of the evangelistic outreach of the Emmanuel Center and serves on the Boards of many organizations in the Memphis area.  He is a founding Board Member of Promise Academy Charter School in Memphis and a founding Board Member of Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (M.O.S.T.).

The Rev. Colenzo Hubbard Scholarship Program welcomes applicants with academic promise and demonstrated leadership ability whose presence will enhance the cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and/or racial diversity at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. Applicants must be residents of Shelby County, Tennessee, and must intend to attend SAS as a boarding student and to complete their high school education at SAS. The Hubbard Scholarships provide full demonstrated financial need. Selection is based on a candidate’s academic promise, demonstrated leadership ability, and potential to contribute to the cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and/or racial diversity at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. The Hubbard Scholarship will be renewed each year throughout the student’s high school career provided that the student remains in good academic and disciplinary standing and is making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

“In 2018, SAS welcomed students from 17 states and 13 countries and awarded more than $2 million in financial assistance. explained Head of School Karl Sjolund. “The Hubbard Scholarships are providing more opportunities for us to welcome students for whom a world-class college preparatory education in a boarding school setting might be otherwise unavailable.”

To apply for the Hubbard Scholarship, families should contact and begin the school’s regular application process. Students who indicate an interest in being considered for the Hubbard Scholarship will be asked to complete a supplementary essay in addition to the regular admission requirements.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a boarding and day school in Sewanee, Tenn., a four-hour drive from Memphis. Founded in 1868, the school provides an outstanding college preparatory education on a beautiful campus adjacent to the University of the South. The school’s small classes and family-style residence halls provide personal attention and close mentoring relationships for each student. A fulltime college counselor works with students throughout the college search and admission and financial aid application process to find a match that meets both the student’s aspirations and the family’s financial reality. Students also enjoy abundant opportunities in the arts and athletics. The school challenges students to fulfill their greatest potential while helping them to cultivate lives of balance and joy. More information is available at

Director of Admission and Financial Aid Derek Perkins is excited to welcome the inaugural class of Hubbard Scholars. “SAS’s ties to the Memphis area are deep and the Hubbard Scholarships are further strengthening them,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming more outstanding students from Shelby County and providing them with education and exposure to succeed in college and beyond.”