Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship Awards Four Local College Bound Students

July 01, 2020 / Good to Know, In The News

Danielle Crear, Jesse Feeney, Rachel Turner, and Lexi Zubricki, each received $3,000 to apply towards their education in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry. The Scholarship fund is generously supported in many ways by local and regional tourism-based businesses and owners; friends and family members who loved Kay Ellis, a long-time advocate of tourism and education; and friends Kay had not yet met. In addition to being a financial conduit for supporting local and regional Travel & Tourism students, the Kay Ellis Scholarship is also a tangible addition towards sustainability in this economically important industry.

The Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship has awarded $45,000 to local students in just four short years. In 2020, the Committee added a new recipient and donated to the Turning the Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreat as Kay was a former attendee. This is a tremendous achievement and they are committed to continuing their Scholarship funding for years to come.

However, given the present and unpredictable COVID-19 situation, the Committee announced the cancellation of the Scholarship’s annual Schooner Sail & Dock Party fundraiser, which was to take place later this summer. This decision was a difficult one. The popular, fun event is not only their primary fundraiser but is one where its organizers, musicians, and volunteers get to connect with wonderful students and supporters including those who worked alongside Kay in various capacities during her 20+ years in the tourism industry.

In the interim between now and attending the 2021 Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship fundraiser (date TBA), please consider donating online and liking the Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship Facebook page. Stay tuned for more news on the 2021 Scholarship’s Schooner Sail & Dock Party fundraiser “Save the Date”.