MISD Foundation for Excellence
The Connie Payne Scholarship Fund - Established 2018

Declaration of Guidelines


The fund has been established by members of the MHS class of 1995 to honor their classmate Connie Payne. Connie was elected class president for four years, voted class favorite for three years, and named Best All Around student as a senior. She competed in basketball and track each year; was a member of Tri-Alpha, French Club, Black History Club, and Student Council; and was inducted into Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Her classmates remember her best as a true friend and role model who led by example.


The fund will be used to provide a scholarship to be awarded each year to a graduating MHS senior who will enroll as a full-time student at an accredited university to prepare for a career in public school education.

Selection Process

Graduating students whose career plans fulfill the purpose shall submit a completed application to the foundation. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or better, have attended MHS for four consecutive years, and have demonstrated the leadership qualities of integrity and good citizenship in classroom and extracurricular activities. Community service and financial need may be considered.

Recipients of the scholarship will be chosen by a committee consisting of the MHS Scholarship Committee, a member of the Payne family, and the Chair of the MISD Foundation Endowments Committee.


The fund is managed by the MISD Foundation for Excellence, and contributions are welcome. Until the fund is endowed, a scholarship will be awarded from funds available. After the endowment is established, all contributions will constitute the principal, which shall never be invaded. The principal will be invested in order to generate income. The annual amount of the scholarship will be determined by the foundation, based on earnings in the account.

Contact Persons

Lindsay Driscoll
PO Box 548
Paris, TN 38242

Teresa Speed
501 Doran Rd. Murray, KY

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