To recognize a female student who embodies the spirit of Birdia Keglar through her displayed leadership ability in school and community activism. The recipient must be interested in attending a two or four-year College or university or currently in good standing with the college or university (i.e. registered as a full-time student and provides proof of enrollment).

Scholarship Awards:

The BK Day Committee will present a $500 scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria:

Applicants must complete The BKL Scholarship Form:

Birdia Keglar Scholarship Form 

Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation (one from a principal, counselor, or teacher and one from a community leader).

Applicant must write an essay on how they embody the attributes of Birdia Keglar through their leadership abilities and community involvement.

Applicant must be a resident of Tallahatchie County Mississippi


Essay must not exceed two pages (typed and double-spaced).

Attach essay and letters of recommendations to the scholarship application form.

Mail the completed application packet to:

Birdia Keglar Scholarship Committee

PO BOX 222

Charleston, MS 38921

You may also e-mail all required documents as an attachment to



Application must be received by May 1, 2017.

The scholarship winner will be recognized on May 27, 2017 during the BK Day Legacy Program.


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2009 The BKL Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Sabrina Young

Sabrina Young is the daughter of Dora and Walter Young of Tallahatchie County, MS Graduate of Charleston, MS High School with a 3.60 GPA

She is currently enrolled in the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS where her future goal is to major in computer programming.

Sabrina is a member of the Charleston Chapter of the National Charleston Day, Organization, Inc. She received the Dr. Ethel Johnson Greene Educational Award this past school year from this organization. She is a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, Paynes, MS.

Sabrina was secretary of the National Honor Society; Vice-President of the Science Club; Editor of the 2009 School yearbook; President of the Student Council; Member of the Spanish Club. She graduated with high honors from Charleston High School; Recipient of the 2009 CHS Scholar Graduate Award; was selected for Who's Who Among High School Students; Maintained the Highest Average in Economics and Government; Inducted into Hall of Fame; Prom Queen of School Year 2009; Senior Homecoming Maid; Recipient of the Birdia Keglar Legacy Award, 2009.

Sabrina conducted tutoring sessions in her back yard during the summer months. In the summer of 2009, she conducted these classes in the community summer enrichment program directed by a family member. She also mentored younger children, challenging them to be the best that they could be in their school work and in their community.

As if this young lady was not busy enough with school and community service, she held two part-time jobs.

A quiet and assuming young woman, Sabrina also helped take care of a sibling while her mother worked. This young lady exemplifies and embodies the spirit and commitment to community that was Mrs. Birdia Keglar.

2010 BKL Scholarship Recipient:

Ms. Jasmine Turner

The recipient for the 2010 Birdia Keglar Legacy Scholarship Award is Jasmine M. Turner. Jasmine hails from Tippo, MS and is the daughter of Ms. Mary L. Turner. Jasmine graduated as Valedictorian of her 2010 class from Charleston High School with a 3.9 GPA out of a 4.00 grade scale and has a combined ACT score of 22. During her educational years Jasmine has received numerous highest achievement awards in all academic areas.

In 2010 Jasmine served as president of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Science Club and the Senior Class. She was homecoming queen in 2009 and 2010.

Jasmine is an active member of the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church; Because of her very strong community and church activities she also received the (Daughters of American Revolution) DAR Good Citizenship Award this year.

This young lady truly embodies the traits that would be admired by Mrs. Birdia Keglar.

Jasmine now attends the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), with a major in Pharmacy.
She has maintained a 3.5+ GPA. She is a member of the Ole Miss First organization and will remain a member for the next 3 years if a 3.0 is maintained. Her major is pre-pharmacy and she has two more years of pre-pharmacy classes before she begins the actual study of Pharmacy.

Jasmine says she is enjoying life and meeting new people at Ole Miss. The Birdia Keglar Scholarship was very much appreciated and was used towards her books pertaining to her major. She is grateful to be recognized for the scholarship; “The money doesn't compare to the meaning of the scholarship itself, even though it was helpful” Says Jasmine.

2011 BKL Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Jaleshia S. Meeks 

(receiving 2011 scholarship award from Gwen Dailey)

Jaleshia hails from Charleston, MS and is the daughter of Mrs. Janice Rene Meeks and Mr. Tracy Meeks. Jaleshia graduated in the 2011 class from Charleston High School with a 3.8 GPA out of a 4.00 grade scale and has a combined ACT score of 23.  During her educational years Jaleshia has received numerous achievement awards in all academic areas. Some of her leadership abilities includes:

Serving as Secretary of the National Honor Society for the 2010-2011 term.

Clarinet section leader of the Charleston High School Band for three years. 

 In addition to her many other activities:

Jaleshia is an active member of the Little Hubbard Missionary Baptist Church.

She works as Youth Coordinator for Trinity Educators, Inc. where she is responsible for recruiting youth volunteers for community service projects.

She also volunteers at the Tallahatchie County General Hospital/Extended care Facility.

Jaleshia now attends Mississippi State University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Per Jaleshia,My first year has really been a transition. I started out a little homesick and lonely but I overcame it and now I'm doing fine. My grades are good, last semester I finished with a 3.46 GPA. I also volunteer with our college Relay For Life committee. Overall I am enjoying school and working hard! 

After Jaleshia completes her education, she plans to return to Charleston and organize/create educational programs in the community for people of all ages. This young lady truly embodies the traits that Birdia Keglar would admire. 

2013 BKL Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Kierra L. Taylor 

Kierra is a native of Charleston, MS and is the daughter of Mrs. Arlena and Mr. Clay Taylor

Kierra is a 2013 graduate of Charleston High School with a 3.13 GPA . During her high school years she was a member of the Modern Language Club, the Science Club and the Yearbook Staff. Kierra's future plan is to become a registered nurse.

Some of her leadership and outside activities are: Member of the Persimmon Hill Church where she is an usher and kitchen committee volunteer. She is also a leader for Trinity Educators where she is responsible for organizing various activities for the youth. Some of the activities Kierra participated in were: the Wild life Expo, Reading Program, Working the concession stand at Ole Miss, working at the health fair at Coffeeville High School, reading arts and crafts program for children ages six and up held at the William Lodge in Charleston and working at the Tri-County Agricultural Cooperative.

Kierra believes in getting involved and giving back to the community, traits that definitely embodies the spirit of Birdia Keglar. 

2014 B K Legacy Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Shyneka Brown

Shyneka is a native of Charleston, Ms and the daughter of Mr. Timothy Tellis and Mrs. Amanda Tellis.

Shyneka is a 2014 graduate of Charleston High School with a 3.9 GPA. During her high school years she was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Educators of America, Future Christians of America, Vice President of her senior class, member of the Student Council and a member of the Yearbook Club. Shyneka's future plan is to attend Northwest Community College to major in Pre-Nursing with the ultimate goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse.

 2016 BK Legacy Scholarship Recipient 

Ms. Jasmine Reed


Jasmine is a 2016 graduate of Charleston High School, graduating with a 3.98 GPA.  Jasmine was senior class president and former vice president of the National Honor Society.  Jasmine also participated in the Spanish Club, Science Club & Cheerleading.  

Jasmine has been accepted and plans to attend the University of Mississippi the Fall of 2016.

Jasmine is a member of Abundant Harvest Church where she is a member of the Praise Dance Team. When I asked Jasmine, what were her favorite things to do, she replied. I enjoy socializing, cheering, doodling, and dancing.

Jasmine ended her essay with this statement "I proudly follow Birdia Keglar's example, and I will continue to do so in the future."


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P. O. Box 222
Birdia Keglar Legacy Committee
Charleston, MS 38921

Phone: +1 313 5059710 +1 313 5059710

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