Mount Vernon Township High School

Eli Badger Helping Hands Scholarship

Mount Vernon Township High School is located in Mt.Vernon, IL

Per Eli’s Family: “Elijah Ray Badger, 19, passed away June 11, 2020. He was a standout athlete in football and track and a Junior Olympian pole vaulter. Some of his achievements include: SIJHSAA State Pole Vault Champion, two time South Seven Pole Vaulting Champion, four time IHSA Track State Meet Qualifier (third place finisher and fourth place finisher), two ime IHSA Track All-State, two time indoor track state qualifier, third place Junior Olympics National Pole Vaulter, 2018 MVTHS Football Hustler of the Year, two time football Big Hit of the Week, four time football Ram of the Week, and football Defensive Player of the Week.

Eli attended East Salem Baptist Church where his love of God grew and he was re-baptized in March of 2020. He was close to God and had great faith.

He never met a stranger, enjoyed helping others, and loved his family. Eli was a loving son, brother, and friend and will be greatly missed by all of the lives he touched. “Fly High Eli.”

In his honor the family set up a scholarship fund in his name at the high school to all seniors moving on to college.

Great Expectations Foundation contributed $1000 grant to support the scholarships in honor of Eli and his outstanding contributions to his community both while here and the impact he continues to make. The goal to enable others to conitnue education directly fits our mission at Great Expectations Foundation.

Grant Amount: $1000

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