High Schools

Please Note:
The Ellis Foundation works with participating high schools and does not accept unsolicited applications.



We work directly with high school counselors to identify students who are capable, deserving and determined. We select students based on academic ability, financial need, specific degree objectives or unusual circumstances. Our program offers a “hand up” rather than a “hand out,” and we look for students who might be unable to access a college education without a little assistance.

This year, we will be directly soliciting applications from pre-selected high schools. If we have worked with you in the past two years, but you have not heard from us, please e-mail us contact us.

If you are a counselor from a pre-selected high school:

If Ellis Scholarships were awarded at your high school last year, you will receive a notice from us by January 1. If after that date you haven’t received information, contact us.

If you are a counselor from a high school that is not pre-selected but is located in Kansas or Missouri:

We have degree-specific scholarships for students in Kansas and Missouri. If you have students interested in Dentistry or Culinary Arts, please contact us.

If your high school is located in a Westar Energy service area, and you have students interested in Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, Energy or Power trades, contact us.

If your high school doesn’t fall into any of the above categories:

The Ellis Foundation works with pre-selected high schools in which there is initial funding support. If your community or high school is interested in becoming an Ellis partnering high school, contact us. We will be glad to work with local individuals, families, corporations or organization to help initiate a scholarship program for your community.

If you are a high school senior, contact your high school counselor.


Participating Colleges & Universities
Students attending any of our participating colleges will be given first preference. Click here for a list of these schools.

Updated On-Line Application
This year, we will not accept any paper applications. All applications must be submitted through the new on-line Student Application, which can be accessed through the main menu bar under Login Now. This application is only accessible with a password. If your high school has been selected, you will receive a password from us.

General Scholarship Requirements: 

  1. Minimum ACT score of 20
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0

Degree-Specific Scholarship Requirements:
Culinary Arts/Hospitality:  We are also looking for students from Kansas or Missouri with these specific degree interests. The general scholarship requirements apply.

Dentistry/Dental Hygiene:  We are looking for students from underserved areas of either Kansas or Missouri who have an interest in these degree fields. The scholarship requirements for these students are:

  1. Minimum ACT score of 25
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.5

Required Paperwork
Once you have identified qualified students, you will provide us with a list of names. You will then be provided with paperwork to be completed before interviews can be scheduled. The paperwork includes a student-requirement sheet and a release form. All candidates must also supply a good-quality photo, with a minimum of 300 DPI.

Student Interviews
All qualified candidates will be interviewed in person or through a video conference. Ellis staff will contact you directly to establish a date and time. We are utilizing a free program you can access through: http://www.clearsea.com/.

Contact Us

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

Phone: 620.223.2232
Email: matt@theellisfoundation.org

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