In 1961, The Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation (S.E.L.E.F.) was established in the name of a natural born pioneer. Eells believed in the good of mankind at a time when society focused primarily on one’s sins. While others paid penance for their daily transgressions, Eells celebrated the ingenuity of his peers and concentrated his faith in the opportunity of one's intellect. Well-studied in Greek, Latin, mathematics, and the sciences, Eells wished to expand the limits of the current, traditional curriculum. And so, he created a literary society at his university to investigate artful analysis of historical and sociopolitical revolutions, believing that the written word in itself had truths to tell.

Eells committed his life to the exploration of knowledge and self worth. And at every opportunity, Eells sought to include his neighbors in this quest and encouraged their personal growth as well. Despite living with a debilitating chronic condition, he studied, traveled, and worked at multiple professions to expand upon these ideals. So while his body may never have been strong, his character was indomitable.

Eells died at the age of thirty two. In honoring his legacy, this foundation was endowed in an effort to assist undergraduates' personal and intellectual growth. Our literary competition and scholarships serve to help motivate students in achieving academic excellence. In turn, our hope is that these beneficiaries will share the wealth of their talents and expertise through industry.

Mission Statement

The Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation, Inc. is a self-governing, charitable purpose corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1961, under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It accepts tax-deductible donations and makes grants to individuals and institutions of higher learning for literary, educational and other charitable purposes. The grants are intended to promote intellectual interest or achievement and are concentrated in qualified educational and literary programs associated predominantly with college and university students. The Foundation supports an Annual Literary Competition and provides funding for scholarships and leadership training, in addition to providing support for qualified individual projects.

(Adopted April 21, 2005)

The Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation, Inc. provides scholarships and literary awards to deserving undergraduate students. It funds the construction, renovation and maintenance of educational facilities and equipment and supports literary recitals and other worthy, literary-related activities.

Supported Colleges and Universities

To maximize the effectiveness of its donations, the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation, Inc. concentrates its charitable contributions to the following colleges and universities:


Amherst College
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
British Columbia
Brown University
California State College
Chapman University
Colby College
Colgate College
College of the City of New York
Columbia University
Cornell University
Cumberland University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
George Washington University
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Hobart College
Johns Hopkins University 
Kenyon College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Miami University (of Ohio)
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Stanford University
State University of New York
Trinity College
Union College
University of New Hampshire
University of Alabama
University of California
University of California – Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Texas – Austin
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ursinus College
Washington & Lee University
Wesleyan University
Western Reserve University
Williams College
Yale University
York College of Pennsylvania 


Apply for an Educational Grant

To apply for an educational grant from the Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation, please visit our Grant Application page.