the English language learning foundation scholarship program

application requirements

H.S. Student of the year: 

Paul Aulis

  • Financial need and demographic information as demonstrated in the application;
  • Degree of community involvement, as seen in the community service validation form;
  • The quality of the essay;
  • The quality of the recommendation letter;
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash
  • University of Cincinnati- Clermont
  • University of Dayton
  • Wright State University
  • Xavier University


College scholarship applications are due by 01/29/2021

College Student of the year: 

Ndieme Ngom

To be eligible you must...

  • Alma Aguilar, Mount St. Joseph University
  • Leslie Aguilar Ramos, Ohio State University
  • Shaymaa Alhadad, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Paul Aulis, University of Cincinnati
  • Fredy Ayala, Xavier University
  • Andrea Barrios de Jesus, University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash
  • Aissatou Barry, University of Cincinnati
  • Bouchra Belcadi, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Youssef Bellafkih, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Wendi Cantero Hernandez, Northern Kentucky University
  • Denis Chavez, Kent State University
  • Sharon Chinhando, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Celestin Cimalamungu, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Alicar Darwish, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Clarita DeLeon Herrera, University of Cincinnati
  • Ariadna Garcia Maya, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Junior Gonzalez, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Aya Hijji, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Bawi Hniang Uk, University of Cincinnati
  • Johari Isaac, University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash
  • Berm Joachim Betimbena, University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash
  • Mporana Joly, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Maveiva Kutolbena, Northern Kentucky University
  • Allyn Lin Ortiz
  • Amal Masto, Cincinnati State TCC
  • Olivia Moreno, Northern Kentucky University
  • Marielisa Moreno-Garza, Northern Kentucky University
  • Pacific Mugisha, University of Cincinnati
  • Fatou Ndiaye, Northern Kentucky University
  • Ndieme Ngom, Northern Kentucky University
  • Seth Okoh Okai, University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash
  • Jorge Ortega, Northern Kentucky University
  • Aurora Ortinez, Miami University
  • Susana Rey Garcia, Northern Kentucky University
  • Shabnam Tursunova, Northern Kentucky University
  • Ryan Xinpeng Qiu, University of Dayton

2021 ELL Foundation 

Scholarship Application

English Language Learning Foundation, Inc.

  • Berea College
  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Gateway Community & Technical College
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University- Lima​

2020 ELL Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due by January 29, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be selected by mid-February, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at our Virtual Recognition Brunch on March 20, 2021.   ​​

Was established to provide opportunities to English learners who have the desire to continue their higher education at accredited area colleges and universities.  The ELL Foundation provides scholarships worth $500 - $2,000 each to deserving ELL students.  We have awarded over $150,000 in scholarships to students who have attended the following colleges/ universities: 

the ell foundation congratulates our

2020 scholarship recipients!

selection criteria

  • This application completed in full;
  • Community service validation form signed by a staff member from a local nonprofit (this form is included at the end of this application)
  • An official high school/ college/ university/ GED transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, community leader, or college professor/ staff member
  • An essay of no more than two pages, double spaced, addressing the following prompt: How will your heritage/ background, academic achievements, and personal qualities (such as motivation, leadership, and potential) help you to graduate from college, reach your career goals, and become a responsible leader in the community? 
  • A letter of acceptance to a college/ university (for high school applicants only). 
  • Be an English language learner (defined as students whose native or home language is not English);  
  • Be a current resident of the Greater Cincinnati area (Hamilton County-OH, Clermont County-OH, Warren County-OH, Butler County-OH, Brown County- OH, Clinton County-OH, Kenton County- KY, Campbell County- KY, Boone County- KY, Grant County- KY, Bracken County-KY, Pendleton County- KY, Gallatin County-KY, Dearborn County-IN, Franklin County-IN, Ohio County-IN)
  • Have (1) applied and been accepted at an area college or university or (2) be an undergraduate student at a local college or university, or (3) enrolled in a two year community college program or in a trade program that when completed may result in a license or permit to practice in the given trade;
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in high school/ college (or 3.5 on a 5.0 scale), or GED standard average score of 650 or higher;
  • Have completed 5 hours of community service during 2020 with a local nonprofit organization.