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JaBari Ellison

JaBari Ellison is a student-athlete that is not afraid to tackle challenging tasks. JaBari will graduate from Dickinson Highschool in May of 2023 in the top 3% of his senior class. He will then be pursuing his academic and football career at Rice University.  

JaBari participates in numerous extracurricular activities, including being a member of the Gator football team, where he was nominated as the 2022 Defensive MVP and captain of the 2021 Track team.  

When JaBari is not playing sports or spending time with the people he loves, he is actively volunteering and contributing to several community activities he is passionate about. He is a Unified Special Olympics coach, AVID peer Coach/Trainer, and Special Olympics Basketball coach. 

Jabari was selected among Dickinson High Schools Junior and Senior students as one of the 60 students out of 1,500 to represent Dickinson High School as their future leaders of tomorrow.  

What does this scholarship mean to you?

This Scholarship is especially important to me for a variety of reasons. Most importantly I feel like it helps represent a breakthrough in diversity and success in a single-parent household. Growing up with one parent is incredibly challenging, and receiving a scholarship like this shows that anyone can achieve success through commitment, hard work, and dedication.

Who is your role model?

My role model is God because he shows you how to live a life through love and without hate. Along with many other things, he represents Sacrifice, gracefulness, and Servant leadership, which is how I try to live my life daily. 

What is your favorite sports memory?

My favorite sports memory would be when I made it to the Junior Olympics for Track when I was 7 years old. I got to run in Baltimore, Maryland and see the stadium of my favorite NFL team, the Ravens.  

“The Special Olympics Team at Dickinson High School will forever be my ah-hah moment. Every athlete out there is included in whatever capacity their body and mind will allow them to participate. There is zero bias, and or preconceived notions of their abilities. Everyone can compete and do what they love. That love shows and it is palpable. I can honestly say I learned about true diversity and inclusion in the most rewarding way. This is where I started to really learn what diversity is. And more importantly… inclusion”    - JaBari Ellison

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