We’ve been blessed with gifted teachers and a great curriculum, so we feel it’s important to share with our community. We’re going into neighborhoods all over Memphis to search for young boys with exceptional potential and offer them a life-changing education.
To get the most from this opportunity, students need to start at the beginning – in junior or senior kindergarten – and stay with us until graduation from 6th grade. To ensure we can fulfill this 8-year commitment, we fund our young scholars one at a time. A boy does not begin until we have raised the full amount we’ll need to see him through. This includes much more than average academic scholarships. We provide the full cost of our education.
We know our program works — around 3% of our student body consists of Young Scholars, and we want to continue to grow it by adding 1 to 3 boys each year.
Because we believe so strongly in this program, the school is absorbing almost half of the cost involved. We are asking donors to come alongside the school to cover 50% of the cost. The complete cost to fund one boy’s PDS education is $10K a year – $80K for the entire 8 years.
We believe that Young Scholar parents need to have a strong vested interested in supporting their son's education, so we ask them to also contribute financially towards their son's education.
We’ve already graduated 15 exceptional young scholars at a total cost of more than $2 million. And they’re all successfully continuing their education at area middle and high schools – Memphis University School, Christian Brothers, Collegiate School, Saint Benedict, White Station, and Woodland Presbyterian.
When you support the Young Scholars program, you’re supporting Memphis. The boys you help educate have real potential to become our future leaders in government, business, education and social justice. Here’s what we need from you.
As we said, we believe this program is so important for Memphis that we’re funding half of it ourselves. But that’s absolutely all we can do without weakening our overall financial position. We greatly appreciate any amount of help you can provide.
Contact McKee Humphreys '95, Assistant Head of School for Development.
Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.
With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.