'Million Dollar Tigers' earn more than $65 million in scholarships

April 26th, 2017

WMC Action News 5 | Jerica Philips

Whitehaven High School boasts about being one of the first schools in the nation to host an academic signing day, and Thursday the school broke its
own scholarship record. 

They are known as the Whitehaven 'Million Dollar Tigers' for a reason. Students graduating this year earned more than $65 million for college.
 
The excitement in the room was overwhelming. 

Top scholar Zariah Nolan is headed to Dillard University this fall. She earned more than $9.4 million scholarships.

"Everyone like says, 'Oh you can't do it," Nolan said.

She has a message for the naysayers and credits her single mother for her success.

"You're telling me I can't do it," Nolan said. "Watch me do it."

Former Memphis top cop Toney Armstrong was the guest speaker and shared his story about overcoming adversity.

He said unfortunately kids making bad decisions often get the most attention.

"But when you have kids that have met and exceeded any level of expectations that anyone has of them, you have to take time out and--one: Let them know that you're proud of them. Two: You have to share it," Armstrong said.

More than 40 students announced their plans to attend universities all across the country, many with plans to earn degrees in Memphis.

As scholars shined on stage, Former Whitehaven Tiger, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson applauded parents working behind the scenes investing
in their child's education.

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 I am a native Memphian with a unique passion for Economics. I am a proud son of immigrant parents. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Memphis specializing in Labor Economic, Education Economics, and Econometric. I have the honor to serve Peer Power as a Doctoral Fellow, where I study education data and school environments to better help the kids we serve. My topics of research (both within and without of Peer Power) include: Labor policies within educational settings, Teacher incentive policies and retention rates, Human capital measures, and Public funding allocation efficiency. Outside of school and work I love to cook and cheer on our Memphis Grizzles.