About Us

The John and Deborah Gillis Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is privately endowed. Although the foundation is privately funded, for sustainability the goals and strategic plans include future fund-raising events and opportunities for Hopkins County residents to also support the foundation’s mission and goals through cash donations, in-kind donations and volunteerism.

Our Mission

The John and Deborah Gillis Foundation exists to provide multiple educational opportunities to amplify, strengthen and empower Hopkins County students so they will be college and career ready in order to be highly competitive in a global society.

Our Goal

Provide ten (10) annual scholarships to eligible graduating seniors who would benefit from financial support and that are renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters.

“The First Class” – The John and Deborah Gillis Foundation’s Bright Stars Scholarship Program