History of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls

Born in 1835 in Philadelphia to Quaker parents, Charles E. Ellis grew up to be a trolley franchise operator, and made his fortune through a horse-drawn trolley company in the Philadelphia area. When he died in 1909, he left the bulk of his sizeable estate to establish a school for fatherless girls in Newtown Square. When the school closed in 1977, nearly 1,400 girls had graduated — most of whom went on to have fulfilling careers.

Several years after the school closed, trustees of the Charles E. Ellis Trust established a new mission: to provide grants to Philadelphia girls living in single-parent households who were enrolled in high schools and were in need of aid to complete their education.

In 1995, The Ellis Fund Advisory Board and its Trust advisor, PNC Bank, selected White-Williams Scholars to administer the Trust. In July 2011, White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures merged to capitalize on their shared mission to provide educational support to underserved students in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Futures: a union of White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures is now the administrator for The Ellis Trust.


The Ellis Trust for Girls today!

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls (The Ellis Trust) helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for postsecondary success.

For girls attending public and charter high schools, we fund a range of exciting and meaningful experiences and opportunities to help girls strengthen their academic skills, develop their character, perfect their talents and discover who they are and who they hope to be. We also award grants to help cover basic school-related needs, such as uniforms and supplies.

For girls attending independent high schools and parochial high schools, we award grants to help ease the cost of tuition.

The online application for the Ellis Trust Tuition Assistance Grant has closed. Come back January 1, 2020 to apply for assistance for the 2020/2021 academic year.


Interested in a Public/Charter Enrichment Grant?
Read below to see if you’re eligible!

Grants from the Ellis Trust are awarded to girls entering grades nine through twelve who meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Philadelphia.

  • Live in a household where one or both parents are absent, or mentally or physically disabled.

  • Meet the family income eligibility requirements for reduced-priced lunch under the National School Lunch Program. See Income Guidelines below.

  • Have grades of “C” or better in major school subjects.

  • Are making academic progress toward timely graduation.

  • Can prove their dependency status (name appears on their family’s tax return or DPA document).

  • Are in a family that does not own property other than their primary home.


Income Guidelines

Families of girls need to meet the income eligibility requirements for reduced-priced lunch under the National School Lunch Program. Gross family income (income before taxes) must not exceed the amounts listed below. Gross family income includes wages, salaries, Department of Public Assistance (DPA) payments, disability payments, worker’s compensation payments, Social Security payments, child support payments, etc. earned or received by the student and other family members living in the household, as well as any contributions from family members not living with the student.

Family Size Maximum Income

Number of Family Members
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Gross Family Income
$31,284
$39,461
$47,638
$55,815
$63,992
$72,169
$80,346

Add $8,177 for each additional person in a family with more than eight members.

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Are you ready to apply for a Public/Charter Enrichment Grant? Click Here to access our online application.

Once you click, ‘Apply’, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified within 48 hours if we need additional information or if you’ve been approved!


Public and Charter School Approved Students


Independent School and Parochial School Students

The online application for the Ellis Trust Tuition Assistance Grant has closed. Come back January 1, 2020, to apply for assistance for the 2020/2021 academic year. Be sure to review the grant requirements in the Eligibility section before completing an application.

CONTACT US

Questions?
You can contact The Ellis Trust directly by calling 215-790-1666,
ext. 442 or emailing
ellistrust@philadelphiafutures.org.

Our address is:
The Charles E. Ellis Trust
230 South Broad Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia Futures is the
administrator for The Ellis Trust.
For more information about
Philadelphia Futures, please visit
www.philadelphiafutures.org.