Capable, deserving, and determined students who become responsible and productive citizens of society and America’s leaders.
Ellis scholars are selected on the basis of merit, character, academics, determination, and need. We look for students who are committed to completing a college education or technical certificate, but who need a little help getting there.
Holding Students Accountable
Ellis scholars are required to:
Maintain a minimum college GPA of 2.5
Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
Complete eight consecutive semesters
Send at least one written update each semester to their sponsor
Participate in our mentoring program
By 2025, over 60% of the jobs in America will require post-secondary education or training. We encourage our students to make a direct connection between their degree selection and a tangible, self-supporting career.
Your donation not only gives our students hope and creates opportunities, but it also provides financial peace of mind for students so they can concentrate on their academic achievements.
Our Future Leaders
Ellis scholars are encouraged to get involved, whether on or off-campus, in their degree field, or in their local community. We are truly encouraged by the numbers of Ellis alumni who complete their degrees and return to their hometowns as future contributors.
"I would like to take the time to say thank you oh-so much…I continue to have no regrets when it comes to choosing Plastics Engineering Technology and Polymer Chemistry. They are both nationally renowned programs here, and I am proud to be a part of them. It has truly been eventful working out here in our labs with all of these different industry processes and materials."
As a Plastics Engineering and Polymer Chemistry major at Pittsburg State University, Lexington keeps a rigorous course load and a great GPA. She recently completed a research experience for undergraduates at the University of Maine on bio-renewable polymeric materials and presented the findings at a university in Chile.
“Because of you, I am able to take the opportunity of studying Theatre and Mass Communications at Missouri Southern State University…In the first few months, I was able to participate in my first college production. I have done plays before, but this was a whole new experience.”
Missouri Southern student, Michael, takes each role seriously, whether it’s in the classroom, as a mentor, or on the stage. Michael’s latest role is a paid acting position with the Missouri Shakespeare Festival in the production of “As You Like It.”
“I have been seeing patients regularly now! I see one patient in the morning … and a patient in the afternoon … Clinic had been fun, it is a different type of stress than the stress of being in classes and lab all day… I want you all to know I am very thankful for your family, and the support and encouragement you have given me.”
We have been fortunate to stay with McKenzie as she pursues a doctorate in dental medicine degree. In addition to her studies, McKenzie manages to regularly give back, volunteering with student organizations that provide free dental screenings for children in the Kansas City area.
“Your help has been getting me through college, and I will forever appreciate it. Thank you so much.”
He’s an Ellis Scholar, Fort Scott Community College student of the year, and an outstanding member of our program. Ty competed with the Scholar Bowl at FSCC, and served as the student employee for the Gordan Parks Museum, taking on the task of digitizing VHS content for the museum to make it more readily accessible to the public.
“I am so grateful for your generosity to help me continue on the right path to reach my goals and dreams!! … I have a strong determination to study hard for academic excellence.”
Avionne is an accounting major at Missouri State University who jumped into the world of banking and finance before she even started her schooling, with an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.