Susie Ellis Scholarship
for Equity in Wellness

“…the wellness industry can do much more when it comes to fostering inclusion and equity; this is a simple but incredibly powerful step in democratizing our industry. I thank all the donors who have made it possible for us to put our mission statement of ‘Joining Together. Shaping the Future.’ into tangible action.” – SUSIE ELLIS

Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Recipients
Esther Ajari and Demetria McNeal

The new fund aims to create more inclusivity at the annual Global Wellness event by providing financial assistance to a member 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. The scholarship will cover the future recipient’s travel, hotel and registration. The inaugural year was met with a powerful and poignant response, with 97 applicants from 36 countries applying. Just announced are the highly deserving recipients for 2022, Esther Ajari and Demetria McNeal, who will join delegates at this year’s Summit taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel, from October 31–November 3.

The scholarship is named for Susie Ellis, GWI & GWI 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. If you would like more information or are interested to donate to the scholarship, please contact Nancy Davis.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Summit through July 31, 2023.