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K-State Today

June 19, 2019

K-State students receive more than $2M in scholarship assistance through partnership with The Ellis Foundation

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University students have received more than $1 million in scholarships from The Ellis Foundation since its partnership was started with the university in 2004. Through the partnership, the funds are matched by K-State, bringing the total to $2 million.  

The Ellis Foundation's donors provide four-year renewable scholarships to students from more than 150 high schools in 28 states entering their freshman year. 

K-State is the first to receive $1 million in funding, according to Chris Ellis, president of the foundation, and it has the largest number of scholars. 

"We have over 100 Ellis scholars at K-State each academic year," Ellis said. "In addition to the financial support, The Ellis Foundation has a representative visit every spring and fall semester to meet with the student scholarship recipients to provide mentoring, encouragement, advice and in some cases, job placement opportunities." 

Each Ellis scholar is paired with a K-State student who also was a scholarship recipient, who serves as a direct mentor. 

"Our partnership with The Ellis Foundation has provided many opportunities for K-State students over the last 15 years," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "We are thankful to The Ellis Foundation for their support in helping our students succeed." 

In its 20-year history, The Ellis Foundation has given more than $20 million in scholarships to partnering schools.

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