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Past foundation scholarship recipient continues academic excellence at college

Allison Ellis, a 2008 recipient of the League's foundation scholarships, continues to exceed in her academic career. Ellis, now a sophomore at Chipola College, is one of the most awarded students in college's history.

She was named to the 2010 All-Florida Academic First Team, the All-USA Academic First Team and the 2010 New Century Scholar, the top student from the state of Florida. Additionally, Ellis was named a 2010 Guistwhite Scholar.

As New Century Scholar, Ellis delivered the keynote address at the All-Florida Academic Team meeting in Tallahassee and the American Association of Community College Presidents in Seattle. While in Seattle, Ellis and a small group of students were invited to meet with Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Ellis’ selection for these and other awards were based on her 4.0 academic standing and her work as a leadership officer in the Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Ellis had her choice of colleges, but chose to attend Chipola for her first two years. “Attending Chipola has allowed me to be involved in many extracurricular activities which wouldn’t have been possible at a larger college. I feel like my decision to attend a community college has and will continue to benefit me in the future,” Ellis said.

Ellis, who plans to attend medical school, also served as president and treasurer of the Chipola Pre-Med Society.

The Florida Credit Union Foundation works through its credit union chapters with 50 high schools throughout Florida providing high school seniors with the opportunity to receive scholarships for college. So far for 2010, more than 30 scholarships have been designated.

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