Assumption College Scholarship Awarded to Whitney Ellis
Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:40pm Heraldgroton
Assumption College has announced that Whitney Ellis, of Groton, is one of a few select recipients of the prestigious Light the Way Scholarship, awarded to incoming students who utilize their abilities to help others or make a meaningful difference in the world.
Ellis, Class of 2023, was recognized for her commitment and efforts to helping children in need. As a child, Ellis would donate her hair to Locks of Love and a gift to her church's Christmas drive during the holidays. Through her involvement with the Westford Waves softball program, she and her family have sponsored a child from the Lowell area every Christmas. Ellis has also traveled to the Give Kids the World Village in Florida where she volunteered to serve children with serious illnesses. Ellis is also a member of Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that promotes and facili- tates friendships, employment, and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"A cornerstone of the Assumption College mission is forming students with thoughtful citizenship and compassion- ate service," said Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. "Both inside and outside the classroom, our students are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the communities in which they live. Students recognized with a Light the Way Scholarship embody the Assumption mission and have demonstrated a commitment to helping others, whether volunteering in the community or brainstorming innovative ideas that positively impact the world."
This year, Assumption awarded 36 Light the Way Scholarships worth up to $27,000 each, renewable all four years. As part of the scholarship requirements, Light the Way scholars must take the Perspectives on Global Humanitarian Relief, a course designed to challenge students to understand and think deeply about global migration and the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the largest global relief aid organizations in the world. Assumption is just one of a handful of college campuses nation- wide designated as a CRS Global Campus.
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