We are delighted to announce an annual bursary and scholarship fund in memory of Ellie Kempley, a AMI Diploma 3-6 student who sadly passed away suddenly in 2022 while training with us.
We are offering the annual Ellie Kempley Bursary for a fully-paid place on our AMI Orientation 3-6 course for another young student. In addition, Ellie’s family are fundraising for a scholarship place for a student or students to study the AMI Diploma 3-6. The Maria Montessori Institute is match funding the first £2000 raised for each place with its charitable reserves. In October 2023 Ellie’s family and friends will be taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon and asking people to donate to raise funds.
Ellie’s brother Ben Kempley said:
“My younger sister Ellie died, without warning or reason, from SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) on September 16th 2022. Grief is all the love you want to give, but now can’t – and my family and I loved Ellie beyond imagination. We have since been searching for ways to express that love. It is therefore with great excitement that we decided to establish a scholarship in her memory.
“For our first ever fundraising event, we decided to take on the fantastic Yorkshire Marathon. We have recruited a team of 33 friends and family to run on Ellie’s behalf. They have been training for over 10 weeks, in countries ranging from Australia to Sweden to Japan. Some are seasoned runners; some run from time-to-time; and some are complete beginners. All are extremely brave! We would be incredibly grateful for any donations – little or large – to our cause.”
Head of Training Louise Livingston said:
“Ellie was an unforgettable student. She was full of life and potential so we want to remember her by supporting other bright young people who are also full of potential. Every year the Ellie Kempley Bursary will be awarded to a student aged under 30 years who has a passion and commitment to learning about Montessori, just like Ellie did.
“We are overwhelmed by the response of Ellie’s family in setting up the Scholarship Fund and recruiting so many runners to take part in the upcoming race. We hope as many people as possible will donate and we wish the runners every luck in their training!”
To sponsor Ellie’s family and friends visit their fundraising page.