The Ellen Camhi Memorial Scholarship for Public Service helps promising students who are driven by a passion for public service – be it in education, politics and/or other forms of civic engagement.  It was created to preserve Ellen Camhi’s legacy of enthusiastic devotion to public service, in the hope it will continue to inspire others.


How to help

Please consider helping create tomorrow’s educators and civic leaders! Your support will help ensure the Scholarship's future and increase the award for students. 100% of your donation goes to Scholarship recipients, and is fully tax deductible. Please see the DONATE page for details. The Ellen Camhi Memorial Scholarship Fund is administered by the Stamford Public Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

More info

Please see the About page for more information about the Scholarship and Ellen Camhi.  Also see the Winners page to learn about the previous recipients.

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❝ [Ellen] decided to argue the case for educational reform before people saw the need for educational reform, and decided to make sure children had an opportunity regardless of their financial circumstances, the neighborhood they lived in, or their race. This was a battle for her not just for the years she was on the Board of Education but for all the years she walked the earth. She was remarkable.❞
—former Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

How to apply

Thank you to all the amazing students who applied for the 2019 Scholarship! To learn about the two remarkable recipients, please visit the Winners page. The 2020 application will be available from Stamford Public High School guidance counselors and here, in early 2020.



The Ellen Camhi Memorial Scholarship for Public Service is open to any Stamford Public High School* graduating senior who will be attending college (or other accredited post-secondary institution) in the coming autumn. The Scholarship is awarded based primarily on participation in and strong interest in pursuing public service, along with academic achievement and other factors. The award is typically $2,500, given to one or more recipients. See application for more information.

*Stamford High School, Westhill High School and The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering.