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Samuel Ellis
Social Services Scholarship


This scholarship is made in honor of Samuel Ellis.  He was born with a disease called tuberous sclerosis.  Due to this rare disease he is left unable to talk or care for himself.  He has to have constant supervision, one might say he has the capacity of a toddler. The reason for this scholarship is because through our journey with Sam, it was hard to find adequate assistance through social services.  If you're following Steps Foundation Inc on social media you might notice #samismyreason, this is because Sam is one of the reasons we are here.  Our dedication to being a resource for students and families in our community is because of Sam and the lack of resources given.  While I can't save the world I intend to save as many people as I can when I meet them. The world of social services and counselors is needed and necessary within the community. 


The Scholarship

The Essay

Briefly describe a need in your area for someone in social services, mental health, psychiatry or psychology.  What area of social services do you plan to go into, and what do you plan to do in order to help your community once you graduate?  Write out your 5 year action plan.


Your action plan should include the following:

  • The problem you see that you believe you can fix.

  • How your degree will help you tackle the problem.

  • How you believe you can solve the problem.

  • Tell your personal story. We all have a reason why!

  • 5 year action plan or goal to reach the goal with details.

600-word minimum


The Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA

  • Must submit a minimum 600-word essay using proper grammar

  • Must submit one professional reference letter on a professional letterhead sent directly to us at

  • Students must complete a minimum of 5 workshops to be eligible

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