September 2, 2005 -- Students from southeast Texas interested in studying writing, literature, or journalism will benefit from the new Dorothy Ruth Ellis Endowed Scholarship, designed to help students from the region attend Prescott College, a small liberal arts college set in the mountains of central Arizona.
“ The mission of the college reflects how she thought people learn best. She was a lifelong independent learner ”
Reuben Ellis and his wife Linda Dove established the scholarship in memory of Ellis’s grandmother, a Texas native who tirelessly advocated the education
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best. She was a lifelong independent learner,” Ellis said.
While ethnic minorities and students hailing from Jefferson, Orange, Tyler, Newton, or Hardin counties in Texas have preference, the scholarship is open to all current or entering Prescott College students who are pursuing or plan to pursue studies in writing, literature, or journalism. Prescott College will disburse the first $1000 award in February 2006, and then every October thereafter.
The scholarship’s namesake, Dorothy Ellis, was a longtime resident of Bridge City who enjoyed visiting the Southwest but always returned to her beloved Texas, where she died in 1996.
“She embodied the values of intellect, integrity, and learning through experience. That kind of hands-on learning is an important part of the mission of Prescott College.
That’s why we set up the scholarship,” said Ellis.
Ellis is a faculty member at the college, a small school
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with a focus on social justice and the environment, where students learn in small classes and through independent, interdisciplinary courses of study.
Those interested in the scholarship may contact Prescott College’s financial aid office for an application at 1-(877) 350-2100 ext. 1111 or email e-mail protected from spam bots. Deadline for the February scholarship is October 31, 2005.