Ellis scholarships awarded
The Ellis Foundation of Fort Scott, Kan., has awarded scholarship to several recent high school graduates from Cass County.
The foundation was created by Danny and Willa Ellis in memory of their daughter, Kathy Lyn Ellis Adriance, a highly regarded teacher who died of breast cancer in 1998.
The foundation announced that it has awarded $8,000 scholarships to these 2017 graduates of Harrisonville High School: Jake Holden, the Chris & Cathy Ellis Scholarship; Michael Messer, the Danny & Willa Ellis Scholarship; Shylla Noe, the Frank and Elizabeth Burke Scholarship, and Aubrey Valentich, the Jedel Foundation – Mark Eib Scholarship.
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And from Sherwood High School, Abigail Atkin will receive the Bob & Mary Fry Scholarship.
The Ellis Foundation has grown over the years with support from outside sponsors including institutions, corporations and individuals who want help students from their hometowns achieve a college education.
More than 700 students from 14 states are currently benefiting from Ellis scholarships, which offer moral as well as financial support. All incoming freshmen are matched with on-campus mentors who also are Ellis scholars. Ellis staffers also make campus visits.
“Our objective is degree completion so our students can become responsible, self-supporting, contributing members of society,” said Chris Ellis, president of the foundation.