Dr. Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, has announced that
she will retire from the U of M effective June 30 after twelve years of dedicated
service. Click here to read more.
Led by Board of Visitors member Rita Sparks, friends of Dr. Raines invite you to make
a gift in her honor. Gifts of all amounts are welcome and the collective amount raised
will be announced as a surprise to Dr. Raines on her last day in office. Dr. Raines will be provided a list of individuals
and organizations who make gifts in her honor, but not the amount of each gift. Gifts
may be designated to either of the two scholarships listed below or to any other designation
The Dr. Shirley C. Raines Scholarship (click here to make a gift to this fund) Established by Brad and Dina Martin in 2012, the Dr. Shirley C. Raines Scholarship
provides three scholarships annually to full-time undergraduates who are residents
of West Tennessee and who intend to pursue a career in teaching. This is a university-wide
scholarship. Students from all colleges and schools within the university may apply.
The Raines Family Scholarship was established in 2009 by Harry and Beth Smith to honor
the memory of Dr. Raines’ parents, Evelyn “Irene” Raines and James Athel Raines. The
scholarship shall be given to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree
in early childhood education within the College of Education.
Click here to make a gift in honor of Dr. Raines to a different designation.
Ways to Give
By credit card: Click on any of the links above to go directly to the online giving site.
for a pledge form. Mail your completed form and check, made payable to the University
of Memphis Foundation, to:
The U of M Foundation
P.O. Box 1000
Memphis, TN 38148-0001
Call Lisa Mayne at 901.678.3953
You may also personally deliver your check to The Alumni Center at 635 Normal Street.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.