Madison Sims

Supporting higher education


MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund scholarships are given to the children of breast cancer patients--either survivors, those currently in treatment, or deceased. Please note that scholarships are limited to students residing within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga.

According to the terms of this scholarship, students will be selected on the basis of eligibility and essays. Community service, grades, and financial need will also be considered in the review of applicants. However, grades will not play a dominant role in the selection process. Our reviewers recognize that dealing with cancer in a family member may impact a student’s academic performance.

The MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund shows no bias toward students of any particular race, religion, or gender. None of these will be considered in awarding scholarships.

Scholarship are awarded for one academic year only. Each recipient must reapply every year and complete a new application form. There is no guarantee that previous recipients will be seclected again for another year. 

For more information, contact Cindy Pare at or call (423) 495-4124.

Scholarship Applications


MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund applications for the 2022-23 academic year are CLOSED. Applications for the 2023-24 year will be posted on Oct. 1, 2022.

Connor and Kristie Beach

Connor Beach, MaryEllen Locher Scholarship recipient, and his mom, Kristie

2022-23 Scholarship Recipients


Lily Andrews, Signal Mountain High School senior, Evelyn’s Scholarship

Connor Beach, Ooltewah High School graduate, attending the University of Mississippi

Adeline Bearden, Adairsville High School senior

Savannah Blanks, Ringgold High School senior, Gorski Family Scholarship

Saylor Brown, Notre Dame High School graduate, attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Isabella Campos, Notre Dame High School senior

Katie Carden, Bradley Central High School graduate, attending Cleveland State Community College

Daniel Douglas, Cleveland High School senior, Wanda Weller Scholarship

Robert Downs, Chattanooga Christian School senior

Madeline Flynn, Girls Preparatory School senior

Bailey Fowler, Ridgeland High School senior, Lisa Shields Scholarship and Rock City Scholarship

Weston Gilbert, CCS graduate, attending ETSU

Olivia Hamilton, CCS graduate, attending the University of Georgia, Angels Among Us Scholarship

Zoe Hamilton, CCS graduate, attending Southern Adventist University, Angels Among Us Scholarship

Brileigh Hicks, Bradley Central High School graduate, attending UTK

Iris Luce, Collegiate High School graduate, attending Lee University

Grace McDonald, McMinn County High School graduate, attending Maryville College

Matthew Merritt, McCallie School graduate, attending Yale University, Kramer Family Scholarship

Luke Qualey, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences graduate, attending UTC

Alana Ratchford, GPS senior

Sarah Reed, Ringgold High School senior

Carson Ruehling, Rhea County High School graduate, attending Bryan College

Madison Sims, Baylor School graduate, attending Alabama A&M University

Anna Thomson, Soddy-Daisy High graduate, attending UTC, Guardian Angel Scholarship

Emily Thomson, Soddy-Daisy High School senior

Rachel Turner, Cleveland High School senior

Nikki VanDusen, Walker Valley High School graduate, attending ETSU, Tom and Kaky Bible Scholarship

Braeden Wiggins, Cleveland High School senior, Volley for a Cure Scholarship