This scholarship was established in 1964 through donations by relatives of George William Ellis in his memory. George was born, March 17, 1930, and raised in San Diego, California.
George was a graduate of San Diego State College and received his master’s degree in Physical Education in 1958. His thesis was titled “The effect of specific physiological warm- up on the performance of distance runners.” His thesis advisor was noted exercise physiologist and researcher Dr. Fred Kasch.
George became a teacher and track coach at Helix High School. His life was cut short at age 32 when he died of cancer on September 6, 1962. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Initially, the scholarship was offered to majors in Physical Education. In 2016 it is available to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at SDSU.
- The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the scholarship committee.
- The George Ellis Memorial Scholarship has a value up to $500.
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.50.
- Award renewal is not automatic, prior recipients must reapply for consideration.
- Scholarship awards may be renewed.
- Open for all class levels- B.S. Athletic Training, B.S. Foods and Nutrition, B.S. Kinesiology majors, M.S. Dual in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences,M.S in Exercise Physiology or Doctorate Physical Therapy (DPT).
- Graduate students must be enrolled half-time.
- Undergraduates must be enrolled half-time.