Ellen Clark Revelle Scholarship – “The Nellie”

"The Nellie" is an innovative and transformative scholarship honoring the alumna and former trustee Ellen Clark Revelle '31. Designated as an Ellen Clark Revelle Scholar, the recipient of this award must be a continuing student who is making excellent academic progress, demonstrates financial need, and fully engages in the Scripps College community and beyond through leadership activities.


The Ellen Clark Revelle Scholar will receive an $800 book stipend as well as one-time $5,000 summer internship stipend to pursue further leadership experience. At graduation, the Ellen Clark Revelle Scholarship Fund will repay any packaged amount of need-based loan that the student borrows, up to a maximum of $14,000.

The Revelle Scholar may also request additional funds for other expenses related to their Scripps College education including a one-time laptop computer purchase* and funding for student health insurance. The Nellie is automatically renewable for a maximum of six semesters, assuming the recipient maintains high academic standards and continues to be engaged with the Scripps College community and the community at-large.

Ellen Clark Revelle '31 was a champion for political causes locally and nationally and enthusiastically carried on the philanthropic spirit of her beloved great aunt, Ellen Browning Scripps.

*Some restrictions apply

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students at Scripps College who demonstrate financial need.
In addition to the overall quality of personal statement and accompanying letters of recommendation, finalists will be selected on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership
  • Community Engagement


Applications are due November 11th by 11:59pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Apply now.

Application Information

The online application includes:

  • A personal statement of 750 words or less that describes your leadership impact on the Scripps community
  • A current resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • *A faculty reference letter attesting to leadership qualities and abilities
  • *A personal reference letter attesting to leadership qualities and abilities


Additional Information

The selection committee is comprised of a previous/current scholarship recipient and up to three faculty and/or staff representatives. Finalists will be invited to an on-campus interview with the selection committee in early December. The Ellen Clark Revelle Scholar will be selected late December and invited to attend the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon in the spring.

Internship stipends are facilitated by Career Planning & Resources. The scholarship recipient is responsible for securing her own summer internship and should contact CP&R FMI.

Other questions? Contact Colleen Murphy, cmurphy@scrippscollege.edu, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship



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