Doris Burkhalter Memorial Scholarship




Doris Burkhalter was known for her singing, her will to survive and her determination to make every day count. Doris was diagnosed with stage 4 skin cancer in early 2012 and started chemo immediately after the diagnosis. Doris did not let this hurdle stop her. She continued serving her community through the aid of the Auxiliary the Amicae of West Point, Ms.


She was well known in her community and well loved by her family and friends. Because of her loving nature and ability to make all feel welcomed in her home, she was lovingly referred to as NannaBurk to all.


Even though she was fighting her own battle, Doris always had words of encouragement for those in need. She often said, “This battle that I’m fighting is not for my benefit, it is for those that see me fighting."


Doris lost her battle with cancer on January 13, 2017; however, the struggle to carry on remains. As her daughter, I am creating a tribute in her honor while helping needy children get one step closer to their dreams.  As NannaBurk world say, “your battle that you are fighting to reach your dream is not for your benefit. It is for the ones coming behind you to see and know that they can do it as well”.



The recipient must be a high school senior currently enrolled in any high school in the state of Mississippi. The recipient must plan to attend a junior college or university in the state of Mississippi.


Scholarship Inclusion:

The recipient of this scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship paid directly to the junior college or university of his/her choice.



Application Requirements:

Applicants will be required to submit a 2-4 minute video presentation answering the following question.


What role does perseverance play in success?


Please include the following in your response:

  • Introduction. Tell us your name, where you are from, your current high school, and where you plan to attend college.
  • Response. What role does perseverance play in success?
  • Personal. What are some of your biggest accomplishments, and what obstacles did you face along the way?
  • Lessons. What would have happened had you given up in the face of those obstables? Give an example of a time when you gave up instead of persisting.
  • Benefits. At what point in your journey did you realize you had to persevere in order to succeed?
  • Closing. How has this lesson impacted your road to success since?


Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA; must submit school transcript when applicable.


Some Advice:

  • Try to restate the questions in your response.
  • Remember posture is important.
  • Record your video with appropriate lighting using a neutral background.
  • Pick a quiet area.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Your final submission should be free of grammatical errors.



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