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ECEF is an independent organization not affiliated with any national or state youth group.  ECEF relies primarily on grants, program assistance and contributions from caring people.

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”

— Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States

In 2014-2015, over 45% of the students received some form of financial assistance to attend ECEF programs. Students received $40,000 in scholarship assistance in 2014.

Transforming Lives

“I was a nervous 8 year old third grader and wouldn’t get along with anyone.  My first week at Ely Chapman we had awesome activities that kept me focused and also required teamwork, so I began to be able to make friends.  My homework improved and so did my work habits.  I realize now that Ely Chapman gave me the tools for success.  That success continues today.  I am a senior at West Virginia University and ready to step out into the world, and I hope to pay forward for what I have been given.  I hope that the community will continue to support Ely Chapman since I know first hand how it changes lives for the better.”

-Elizabeth Parr, Former Student at Ely Chapman

Our Mission

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation (ECEF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides academically oriented, hands-on learning and mentoring to youth in the Mid-Ohio Valley