The spirit of generosity and concern for others which is evident in her endowment of this Scholarship Fund reflects only a part of the person who was Estelle Ellison.
Born Edna Estelle Beaumont on January 31, 1894, she lived all of her life in San Antonio, as had her father. In the early 1800s, long before Texas completed its transition from Spanish Territory to Statehood, her grandfather, Dr. E.L. Beaumont, practiced medicine in San Antonio. Her father, Edmund F. Beaumont, was an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time when railroads had just completed the network which linked the East and West Coasts of the United States. Maude Coates Beaumont, Estelle’s mother, was the daughter of a Quaker family from Massachusetts.
Estelle was blessed with parents who were eager and interested participants in the world around them, and this blessing helped shape Estelle’s own attitudes toward life. She was a gifted student, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1911 from old Main Avenue High School. Rather than use one of the scholarships she won to attend either the University of Texas or Southwestern University in Georgetown, Estelle married Walter W. Ellison, a young man with good humor and outgoing ways. Throughout their married life, the Ellisons actively contributed to their community, showing great concern for young people and giving generously to numerous charities that benefited children. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Ellison continued in those endeavors until her own death on October 23, 1979.
Estelle Ellison is remembered by her friends as a devoted Christian who faithfully attended Christ Episcopal Church, of which she was a member. She had a quiet and dignified manner, and she remained interested in her community until the end of her life. Her stewardship of God’s gifts stands as an example to all who would bring the light of Christianity and the focus of intellectual achievement to mankind.
The Scholarship Fund
The perpetual scholarship fund endowed by Estelle Beaumont Ellison is an expression of her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord, in Christ Episcopal Church in its mission as God’s Church in this world, and in the potential of young Christian men and women. The income from this fund is to be used for a variety of scholarships and grants; the scholarships will be awarded in two categories, those of Individual Seminary Scholarships and Individual Educational Scholarships.
Mrs. Ellison’s intention was that awards be made to individuals who show evidence of the following:
Individual Educational Scholarships
For persons who are members of Christ Episcopal Church or who are residing in the greater San Antonio area and enroll in accredited educational institutions at secondary, undergraduate or graduate levels:
Individual Seminary Scholarships
Individual annual scholarships are available for persons canonically resident in the Diocese of West Texas who enroll as postulants in an accredited Christian seminary.
Completed application forms, with required letters of recommendation, etc., should be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for evaluation no later than March 1 of the year for which the scholarships are sought. Late applications will receive consideration to the extent that time and availability of funds permit.
THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE