High Schools

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.

The Ellis Foundation directly solicits 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.


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 STEM, Medical, Agriculture, Business, Finance, Financial Planning, Accounting, IT, and Human Resources, please contact us.

If your high school is located in a Evergy 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.


General Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Minimum ACT score of 20
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5


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.


Required Pre-Interview 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 high-quality photo, with a minimum of 600 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.