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Bar-Kays' scholarship encourages Memphis youth

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Going on to college after high school and keeping the dream alive were the messages being delivered by Memphis' own Bar-Kays and some other big names in the entertainment business.

Larry Dodson of the Bar-Kays spoke to the seniors at George Washington Carver High School about the Allen Jones / Marjorie Barringer / Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund.
Speaking at Carver was extra special for Dodson because it was where he graduated in 1969.

"When I come to this neighborhood, I lived in four houses in this neighborhood - four different houses and apartments," he said. "Very, very poor. These are my people you know, and I am dismayed by the low attendance at this school. So it's fortunate for me and James and the rest of the band that were able to have a scholarship for these kids - not smart kids, just average kids."

Wednesday's event was part of The Care Package Tour, launched at the beginning of Black History Month. Dodson and other area celebrities have been talking to students across the Mid-South this month about post-high school education and the scholarship to LeMoyne-Owen College.

"You can do whatever you put your mind to no matter where you are," said choreographer Ladia Yates, who worked with artists like Missy Elliott.

Students wanting to apply for the Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund must meet with their guidance counselor or the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis before the April 1 deadline.

The scholarship fund, which is open to Memphis City Schools seniors who have been accepted to LeMoyne-Owen, recognizes Allen Jones, a former producer of the Bar-Kays. The range of scholarships is between $1,500 - $2,600.

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