“Wanganui Collegiate School Foundation is hosting a celebration dinner to launch the George Ellis Scholarship in memory of George Ellis, a former student leader who was killed three years ago.

More than 160 people will attend the celebration dinner on Saturday July 8, on the anniversary of Mr Ellis’ death.

Key guest speaker is lifelong friend Daniel Lee who recently completed the Te Araroa Trail, a walk the length of New Zealand to raise funds for Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter.

Other speakers include Collegiate senior house master Peter Preston and members of Ellis’ family.

“George Ellis was a natural leader throughout his life and the school want to recognise his contribution in the form of a scholarship,” said Erin Reeve, Wanganui Collegiate School Foundation secretary.

Mr Ellis arrived at Wanganui Collegiate from a small country school in Ongaonga and it was very clear to senior staff he had special qualities. In his last year, he was recognised for his leadership skills as head of house and captain of rowing.

“The scholarship will be open to all potential students from Hawke’s Bay that demonstrate leadership talent and whom live by the high standards George set,” Ms Reeve said.

Mr Ellis was tragically killed at a rail crossing in Ashburton. He had recently graduated from Lincoln University with a bachelor of agricultural commerce degree and was working for WaterForce.

“George’s family were fantastic supporters of Wanganui Collegiate School and we approached the family to create a legacy in George’s name. This year we began a campaign to establish a George Ellis Memorial Scholarship that will enable a member of the Hawke’s Bay community the opportunity to attend Wanganui Collegiate School and create their own memories in Hadfield House. We are very thankful for the community of friends and family that will join us on the night to remember George.”

Mr Ellis spoke at a leavers dinner at WCS and said “you can never really leave a place that you love without taking a part of it with you, and leaving a part of yourself behind”.

The WCS Foundation aims to ensure that legacy lives on.”

Taken from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11885239 11.8.17