The TEF Dave Ellingson Scholarship for Environmental Studies & Social Justice


Donate Today for Double the Impact!For a limit time every dollar you donate will be matched up to $50,000

As a beloved professor at Trinity Lutheran College, Dave Ellingson shared his passion, knowledge, and biblical insights in environmental studies and social justice with his students. Since his retirement, Dave has authored several books and speaks regularly across the U.S. advocating for these issues.

When you read Dave’s story, you’ll understand how he came to inspire so many people —and why his legacy is so far-reaching.

You’ll also find out how you can become a “Fjord Angel”—and be a vital source of help to the students continuing in his steps.

Click here to read Dave’s story

By donating to the Dave Ellingson Scholarship fund, you will ensure that this legacy of caring, responsible stewardship continues with the next generation of leaders. Best of all, when you give TODAY, Trinity Education Foundation will match your gift up to $50,000*.

Please, help provide tomorrow’s leaders with the resources they need to succeed.

Donate today.


  • Scholarship award is a minimum of $1,000.

  • The number of scholarships offered vary from year to year.

  • Scholarship funds are applied to tuition, fees, and room and board. Funds are paid directly to the college/university of choice.

  • Students may receive only one Ellingson Scholarship per academic year.

  • Recipients also receive a two-week immersive summer work/study internship at Holden Village in the scenic Cascade Mountains of Washington. Students will actively engage in a community committed to creation care and social justice.

This scholarship is for graduating high school students who:

  • Have a passion for environmental and/or social justice issues, and plan to pursue majors in these areas.
  • Will be attending an accredited Christian college or university in the Northwest (WA, OR, ID, MT).
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

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  • Trinity Education Foundation has committed to match up to $50,000 in fundraising to establish the initial $100,000 endowed fund. If this goal is not met by 12-31-19, the Dave Ellingson Scholarship will be transitioned to the Trinity Scholars Program.

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