School of Engineering awards Himelright Scholarship
Cadet Philip Andrew Ellis of Fountain Inn is the 2006 recipient of the Col. Loring K. Himelright Scholarship, which is awarded annually at homecoming by The Citadel School of Engineering.
Himelright, for whom the scholarship is named, is a former civil engineering department head. The scholarship fund was created following his retirement in 1981. It provides an annual $2,000 scholarship award to a senior in civil engineering. Faculty members choose each year's recipient.
Ellis received a plaque and check during Homecoming festivities.
Cadet Ellis has an exemplary record of academic achievement, earning Gold Stars for three semesters and the Dean’s List Award for one semester. Gold Stars are awarded for achieving a 3.7 grade point average or higher while the Dean’s List recognizes a 3.2 GPA or higher.
A graduate of Southside Christian High School, Ellis is currently serving as president of the Citadel Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has served on the department’s Student Advisory Council, and is a member of the Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s silent precision drill platoon. In his role as president of the student chapter of ASCE, he helped establish a mentoring system for freshmen cadets called G.U.I.D.E., Graduating Undergraduates Involved and Dedicated to Engineering. At the ASCE student Carolinas Conference held during his junior year, he served as team captain of the Concrete Canoe team, which received the overall third place award. Also that year, he was selected as the recipient of the Benjamin W. Sammis Award, given by the department annually to an outstanding junior that exemplifies a true “citizen soldier.”
As Golf Company commander, Cadet Ellis is responsible for the health, morale, welfare, academic proficiency, military training, intramural athletics, administrative efficiency, safety, and discipline of 100 cadets in his company. In addition, he serves as a representative for his company in matters concerning the honor code.
Ellis is scheduled to graduate in May 2007. He is the son or Mr. and Mrs. Philip Andrew Ellis of Fountain Inn.