About the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls
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.
Applications for girls attending public and charter high schools are currently available. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, throughout the year.
Students must apply for admission and financial aid through the summer program, before requesting funding from the Charles E. Ellis Trust. Priority will be given to students attending high impact educational programs. Please note, funding is not guaranteed.
Online applications for the Ellis Trust tuition assistance grants for girls attending independent high schools and parochial high schools are now available and must be submitted online by midnight Friday, March 15, 2019. Applicants must use the Ellis Trust online application to be considered for a tuition assistance grant. Before submitting an online application, please review the grant requirements in the Eligibility section below.
Grants from the Ellis Trust are awarded to girls entering grades nine through twelve who meet the following criteria:
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
Add $7,733 for each additional person in a family with more than eight members.
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 found 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.