Susie Ellis Scholarship
for Equity in Wellness
The Susie Ellis Scholarship for Equity in Wellness aims to create more inclusivity at the annual Global Wellness Summit by providing financial assistance to members of an underserved population to join the conference each year, ultimately empowering recipients to return to their local communities and become leaders in the wellness industry.
The new endowment was unveiled to delegates at the 2021 Global Wellness Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, and the first two deserving recipients attended the 2022 Summit in Tel Aviv, Israel. The inaugural year was met with a powerful and poignant response, with 97 applicants from 36 countries applying. The scholarship covered the recipient’s travel, hotel and registration.
The deserving recipients for 2022 were Esther Ajari and Demetria McNeal who joined over 400 delegates in Tel Aviv. Scholarship applications will be available soon for this year’s Summit on November 6-9, 2023 in Doha, Qatar.
The scholarship is named for Susie Ellis, GWI & GWS Chair & CEO, who has been at the helm of the Summit and its sister non-profit organization, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), since inception and is very vocal about her commitment to bringing more equity and inclusion to the wellness industry.
To establish the scholarship, Nancy Davis, GWI & GWS CCO & Executive Director, reached out to a handful of like-minded, influential wellness supporters–Katrine and Bill Formby, Jill and Rick Stollmeyer, Lynne and Victor Brick, and the Szekely Family Foundation–and each contributed $10,000, creating a generous endowment that will fund the scholarship for the next several years.
The fund aims to create more inclusivity by providing financial assistance to members of underserved populations to benefit from the knowledge, networking and experience of the Global Wellness Summit each year.
The 2022 recipients are: Esther Ajari, founder and director of The TriHealthon, a Nigerian-based multi-award-winning non-profit; and Demetria McNeal, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Health Equity…