The Ellis Approach

The Ellis Foundation has a complete approach to college scholarships. We don’t just throw money at education—we make it stick. We’ve developed a unique holistic system that addresses the needs of students.

Student Selection
We work with high school counselors to identify students with the ability and determination to complete post-secondary education or training. All scholarship candidates are interviewed in person or via video-conference.

Scholarship Assistance
The Ellis Scholarship pays up to $1,000 per semester for up to eight consecutive semesters. We also encourage our students to explore additional scholarship opportunities as well as find part-time work, particularly in their degree field.

Degree Completion
Getting into college isn’t the hard part. The real feat is getting students out the “back door” with the educational credentials needed for gainful employment. For this reason, we don’t just offer a one-year award. We work with students for up to eight consecutive semesters.

Financial Accountability
Our scholarship is paid directly to the college or university and covers college-billed expenses only. This ensures that donor funds go directly to education, not iPads or flat-screen TVs.

Tracking Student Performance
We convey clear expectations and require accountability. Student performance is monitored directly from the college or university. If grades drop below our required GPA, the student is contacted directly. We hold students responsible for their performance but work with them to develop successful strategies.

College Coaching
We pair our scholarships with a proven mentoring program aimed at college success and degree completion.


A Message from Chris Ellis, President

“Attitude is everything—and attitude is a decision. Choose to surround yourself with positive personalities and messages. Choose to participate in positive experiences and activities. Choose to fill your mind with positive thoughts, information, and expectations.

Make no mistake. Life will have obstacles and setbacks, but many of our Ellis Scholars have distinguished themselves by overcoming these challenges. They make conscious effort not to indulge in self-pity or remorse. They take responsibility for their future.

Remember, the world is waiting for you. Get on it. There is work to be done.”

Contact Us

The Ellis Foundation
P.O. Box 54
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone: 620.223.2232

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