Luther C. McClellan was one of the Memphis State Eight who were the first African-American students admitted to Memphis State University in 1959. Mr. Luther C. McClellan became the first African-American to graduate from The University of Memphis in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. The Luther C. McClellan scholarship was established in 1988 to assist deserving students at The University of Memphis.
The Black Alumni Chapter of The University of Memphis Alumni Association awards yearly the Luther C. McClellan Scholarship to up to three deserving minority students attending the UofM. This award recognizes students who have shown outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities and community involvement. Each student who receives a scholarship will receive an award in the amount of $500 for the school year.
The University of Memphis Black Alumni Council was established to serve the black alumni and keep them connected to the University of Memphis. The council works to maximize black alumni connectivity to the university and to other black alumni through engaging and productive programming. The council fosters philanthropic support among black alumni through opportunities such as the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter Scholarship. All black alumni of the University of Memphis are eligible to serve on the Black Alumni Council.