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“Coach C’s” fierce love for her family, friends, and players gave them the courage to face uncertainty with confidence. Her love for Jesus Christ and her commitment to following Him fueled her discipleship.

Through the creation of The Carrie Yerty Courage and Discipleship Fund, Briarcrest Christian School will work closely with Carrie’s family to continue her legacy and recognize those who follow in her example of putting Christ first, serving others well, and facing adversity with grace and determination.

To contribute to this fund, please visit Contact Lendon Ellis at with any questions. 



From 2017-2020, the Michael Ellis “Heart of a Champion” Award and Scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior football player who exemplified Michael's qualities. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year and the Class of 2021, the Michael Ellis "Heart of  Champion" Scholarship will be presented annually to a graduating student athlete.

The purpose of the scholarship is to honor Michael Ellis' legacy and to encourage student athletes, male and female, to compete at the highest levels in order to achieve their greatest potential. Further, the student must also demonstrate an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ that inspires others. The student awarded the scholarship must also possess the following characteristics:  an unwavering work ethic, drive to succeed, and superior sportsmanship; a passion for their chosen sport; a teachable and coachable spirit able to handle adversity; and a respectful and humble character. 

The scholarship honoree will be selected by a committee and the award will be presented during the year-end, High School Academic Awards Program. This scholarship will be sent directly to the college or university to be applied to the recipient’s tuition. To donate to the Michael Ellis "Heart of a Champion" Scholarship Fund, please visit , select "Other" from the designations and type in "Michael Ellis Heart of  Champion Scholarship." Contact Lendon Ellis at with any questions.

Recipient of the “Michael Ellis Heart of a Champion” Award:
2017 - Tate Charping
2018 - Carrington Kelsey
2019 - Will Cummings
Recipient of “Michael Ellis Heart of a Champion” Scholarship:
2017 - Christian Harrison
2018 - Bradley Ellis
2019 - Manny Corless
2020 - Christian Green and Will Robertson
2021 - Carl Tate 
2022 - Carlia Northcross
2023 - Tinley Jones

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, NIV


The Rachel Lynch Award was established in 2016 to honor the legacy of Rachel Lynch. This annual award is given to a Briarcrest student who participates in the Technical Production department and most exemplifies Rachel’s outstanding qualities, which include: dedication, trustworthiness, loyalty, knowledge, passion, caring and thoughtfulness. 

Award recipients are recognized during the spring POPS Concert and their names are added to a permanent plaque mounted in the tech booth of Sparks Chapel. Recipients include Michael Clark (2016), Allyson Vogel (2017), Will Hornbostel (2018), Katie Wolfe (2019), Ellie Stewart (2020), Reece Overby (2021), Jamie Bowers (2022), and Jenny Ramirez (2023).

To donate to the Rachel Lynch Award, please visit and select "Rachel Lynch Award" from the list of gift designations. Please contact Lendon Ellis at with any questions.


The Zach Kothe Memorial Scholarship was established by Jim and Donna Kothe to remember the life and legacy of a great Christian young man, friend, son and brother. The purpose of the Scholarship is to honor a Briarcrest High School student that exemplifies the qualities of their son, Zach, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2018.

The student who is awarded this Scholarship must possess the following:  devoted Christian; honest, sincere and genuine person; compassion for others; zest for life with a positive attitude; and a commitment to community service.

To qualify for this Scholarship, the Briarcrest High School student must meet the following requirements both at the time of eligibility and the time of the renewal awards: 

  • Currently enrolled in Briarcrest Christian School as a rising freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and must maintain satisfactory conduct.
  • Must have maintained satisfactory attendance and participated in at least one extracurricular activity.
  • Be a member of a Christian family with a commitment to his/her church.
  • Submit a written personal statement, of no more than 500 words, outlining their school, community, and/or church involvement along with demonstrated leadership ability in friendship and community service.

The Scholarship honoree will be selected by a committee of Briarcrest Administrators.

To donate to the Zach Kothe Memorial Scholarship, click on the "Donate Now"  and select "Zach Kothe Memorial Scholarship" from the list of gift designations. Please contact Lendon Ellis at with any questions.


This endowed scholarship was established in 2010 to provide annual financial support to Christian students that might otherwise not be able to afford a Briarcrest education. Awards are granted to students that are professing Christians with a clear testimony, have a background of service, and are active in their home church. The scholarship is renewed each year provided the student has a satisfactory academic record and continues their involvement in Christian ministry and service opportunities.

The Christian Student Scholarship began with initial support from an anonymous donor. Other gifts from donors interested in expanding this scholarship to serve more students should contact Lendon Ellis in the Development Office at 901-765-4665 or