For a decade a dream of Hopkins County natives John and Deborah Gillis has been to give back to their hometown and extended communities by providing scholarships to students who otherwise might not have the opportunities to attend post-secondary educational institutions of their choice.

Thus, the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation was created and formed as a result of that dream and exists to do just that – provide Hopkins County graduates with opportunities to realize THEIR own dreams of furthering their education so to become competitive in the world of work and career advancements!

In addition to providing scholarships for graduates in Hopkins County, the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation exists to provide the school districts and campuses with grant opportunities to support them as they work to increase the quality of college and career readiness for ALL students.  

The foundation will consistently work closely with Hopkins County school districts to ensure a strong alignment between their own educational goals and the foundation’s mission and goals of college and career readiness. The grant funding’s intentions are ultimately to increase Hopkins County graduates’ chances of competing in a global society for college entrances of their choice and competitive career opportunities.


Scholarship Goal

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

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Grant Goal

Fund up to $100,000 in three-year grants to districts and/or schools to support instructional program development, professional development or other initiatives

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2020 Scholarship Winners

The Bright Stars Scholarship Program sponsored by the John & Deborah Gillis Foundation awarded to its inaugural class of recipients in 2019.
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