The Ellis Foundation, in partnership with many generous donors, is pleased to offer multiple scholarship opportunities.

We primarily 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.

Four Year Scholarships
We have several degree-specific scholarships for students in Kansas, and Missouri pursuing a four-year degree. Applicants need only apply once for consideration for one of The Ellis Foundation’s scholarships. While we accept applications from a variety of majors at participating colleges, students pursuing a degree in the following fields are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • STEM
  • Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • IT
  • Human Resources

Skilled Trades
Skilled Trades scholarships are also available for Kansas and Missouri residents, both traditional and non-traditional students, through the Rooted in Rural Vo-Tech Scholarship made possible by The Patterson Family Foundation. Additional information on this program can be found here. 

Application Process
The general application opens on January 1 and closes on February 19, with the scholarship awarded the following fall semester. All qualified candidates will be interviewed in person or through video conference. Ellis staff will contact you directly to establish a date and time.

General Scholarship Requirements:

Four Year Scholarship Program Guidelines

  • The scholarship pays up to $1000 per semester for up to eight consecutive semesters
  • The funds apply to tuition, books, on-campus housing, & college billed expenses
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA each semester
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
  • The student must participate in The Ellis Mentoring Program