Dave Ellingson Scholarship established for Environmental Studies and Social Justice

Dave Ellingson Scholarship | Trinity Education Foundation | January 28, 2020

Adventurer Dave Ellingson Kayaks the Fjords of Norway, Raising Awareness of New Scholarship Bearing His Name

Everett, WA – January 27, 2020Trinity Education Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dave Ellingson Scholarship for Environmental Studies and Social Justice. The one-year scholarship includes $1,000, an internship at beautiful Holden Village located in the Cascade Mountains, and personal mentoring with Dave Ellingson. Under-graduate students attending accredited Christian colleges in the North West (WA, OR, ID, MT) are eligible to apply. Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2020.

Pastor. Professor. Paddler. Poet. Each of these words accurately describes Dave Ellingson – a true, modern-day renaissance man. Known for kayaking the world’s most beautiful and challenging rivers and documenting them in his Paddle Pilgrim series of books, Ellingson was inspired to paddle the fjords of Norway, the land of his ancestors. During his inspiring and difficult journey, Dave discovered there were often people who came along to help him and his team – investing their time, knowledge, and resources – at exactly the moment of need. He began calling these helpers “Fjord Angels.”

As a former professor at Trinity Lutheran College, Dave has seen first-hand the impact of a different kind of “Fjord Angel” – people who come along side to invest in the lives of young adults in their early foundational years. He’s experienced how these initial investments contribute to the long-term success of students.

 “I’m so honored and humbled that this is happening,” states Ellingson. “But even more happy that this fund is going to give students the possibility to deepen their passion and pursue a college education that guides them in important ways, by empowering them to explore justice and care for this world, no matter what area of work God leads them to.” Jenny Lockwald-Stewart, Trinity Education Foundation’s Executive Director, speaks to the long-term impact this scholarship will have: “I’m thrilled that this scholarship is enabling a new generation of students to fulfill their life calling and pursue their passion. Our goal is to grow the scholarship into an endowment that will serve students well into the future and will ensure Dave’s legacy of creation care and responsible stewardship that continues with the next generation of leaders.”

About Dave Ellingson

Dave Ellingson taught courses in spirituality, environmental ethics, human development, and youth ministry at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, WA. He is a Lutheran pastor, Master Gardner, former distance runner and triathlete, author of several books, speaker, husband, and the father of five grown children. He resides in Edmonds, WA. Additional information on Dave Ellingson can be found at

About Trinity Education Foundation

Trinity Education Foundation is a Christian scholarship fund providing vital financial support, with professional coaching and guidance, for students attending accredited Christian colleges/universities in the Northwest; continuing in the tradition established by Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute of helping young people find and fulfill their God-given calling. Scholarships are awarded to students of diverse backgrounds, including many financially challenged, and first-generation college students. Additional information on Trinity Education Foundation and the scholarships they offer can be found at

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