With our National theme of “ "listen to the children…enrich their lives", Chums’ Founders’ National Scholarship, established at the October 2001 Conclave at Hilton Head Island, SC. in honor of Chum Founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown and Theodora Jackson Cora.

This scholarship benefits young adults attending college for the first time who have a documented financial need.  

The CHUMS Founders’ National Scholarship is a one-time scholarship award for a recipient who is nominated by a local chapter.   The recipient of the award will be voted on and announced at the annual conclave each October. 

Many of our local chapters have fundraisers for the scholarship program offered through Chums Inc.  Although family members/relatives of a Chum are not eligible for this scholarship, we encourage all Chums’ families to help identify eligible and worthy candidates for this wonderful opportunity.

•    A high school senior 
•    A non-family member of a Chum
•    Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
•    Has a five (5) year plan of future education/career goals
•    Has obtained awards, distinctions and academic honors in the past 3 years



2019 Scholarship Recipients

  • 1st Place - Ellen Denning - Tri-City Chapter
  • 2nd Place - Widline Senatus  - Orlando Chapter
  • 3nd Place - David Taylor - Cincinnati Chapter

2020 Scholarship Applications

Available from the local Chums Chapter, which services your area.

Chapters: go to the Members section/Forms for the scholarship application and instructions. 

2019 Scholarship winnerS

 Ms. Ellen Denning, submitted by the Tri-City Chapter.  Ms. Denning reported a GPA of 4.6 and was ranked #1 in her class.  She graduated from a five year Early College Program in four years with stellar academic performance and community service while working 30+ hours a week supporting herself and her younger brother financially. Ms. Denning had an inspiring essay.  She will attend North Carolina State University.  She wants to return to her community to focus on creating sustainable environments. 

ellen denning

 Ms. Widline Senatus, submitted by the Orlando Chapter.  Ms. Senatus reported a 4.0 throughout her academic career. In addition to her strong academics, she is an example of one of those “one of a kind students” who successfully balanced academics and community service. Widline has been a dedicated volunteer for several community organizations. She was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will study biomedical sciences and go to medical school.  She wants to come back to her community to show other low-income high performing students like herself that they can break the poverty cycle and achieve greatness.   

Widline Senatus

david taylor

Mr. David Taylor, submitted by the Cincinnati Chapter.  Although his grades were not the best, he has survived six concussions and is living with post-concussion syndrome.  And, he has graduated from high school, completed 700 service hours, found a passion for digital media, and attends Northern Kentucky University.