The MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund at CHI Memorial Foundation is a college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer, have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor, or have a parent who is currently in treatment. The organization was founded as an independent nonprofit in 2002 by MaryEllen Locher, a long-time news anchor and health reporter for WTVC in Chattanooga. MaryEllen passed away in 2005 after her third bout with cancer. She started the foundation because she was concerned about her own son’s future education and did not want other parents to share that concern while they were in the midst of their own struggles with this disease.
First known as the Children of Breast Cancer Foundation and then the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation, the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund at CHI Memorial Foundation has awarded over 568 scholarships totaling just over $1 million over the past 20 years. The awards are designed to ease the financial and emotional burdens faced by families dealing with breast cancer.
Funds for our work are raised through special events, individual donations, corporate sponsorships, and private grants. The CHI Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions to the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible.