Michael Ellis "Heart of A Champion" Scholarship

The Michael Ellis “Heart of a Champion” Award and Scholarship has been established in 2016 by Sean and Heather Ellis to honor a Briarcrest senior football player who most exemplifies the qualities of their son, Michael who was tragically killed in an ATV accident in 2016.  The student who is awarded this Award and Scholarship must possess the following:
- An unwavering work ethic and drive to succeed
- Passion for football
- Teachable and coachable
- Respectful and humble
- Can handle adversity
- Good Sportsmanship
To qualify for this award and scholarship, the Briarcrest student must meet the following requirements both at the time of eligibility and at the time of the grant of the scholarship benefit.
  • Currently enrolled in Briarcrest Christian School
  • Must be a graduating Senior
  • Maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher and must maintain satisfactory conduct grades
  • Must have maintained satisfactory attendance and participated in at least one other extracurricular activity 
 The scholarship honoree will be selected by a committee during the second semester of his senior year and the award will be presented during the year-end, Academic Awards Program. This scholarship will be sent directly to the college or university to be applied to the recipient’s freshman tuition.   To donate to the Michael Ellis "Heart of a Champion" Scholarship Fund, contact Lendon Ellis at lcellis@briarcrest.com
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

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

Rachel Lynch Award

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 ‘16, Allyson Vogel ‘17, Will Hornbostel ‘18, Katie Wolfe ‘19 and Ellie Stewart ’20. 

Zach Kothe Memorial Scholarship

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 exempilfies the qualities of their son, Zach, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2018.  The student who is awarded this Scholarship must posess the folowing:

- Devoted Christian
- Honest, sincere and genuine person
- Compassion for others
- Zest of life with a positive attitude
- Committed to Community Service

To qualify for this Scholarship, the Briarcrest High School student must meet the following requirements both at the time of eligilbilty and the time of the grant of the Scholarship benefit.

- 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 attendence and participatedin at least one extracurricular activity.
- Be a member of a Christian family with a comitment 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" link to the right and select "Zach Kothe Memorial Scholarship" from the list of gift designations.  Please contact Lendon Ellis at lcellis@briarcrest.com with any questions.

Christian Student Scholarship

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 earned by 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 BCS Development Office at 901-765-4665 or lcellis@briarcrest.com.