Milligan runner receives Eli Cramer Memorial Scholarship


As Milligan University’s nationally ranked women’s cross country team welcomes a stellar incoming class, one freshman’s journey to campus reflects the lasting impact of Eli Cramer at Milligan. 

Cramer, a standout student-athlete on the Milligan cross country and track teams, died on March 31, 2022, after he and two other teammates were struck by a car while preparing for a track meet the following day.

Freshman Cameron Walker is the inaugural recipient of the Eli Cramer Memorial Scholarship awarded by the university and funded through the LIVE like ELI Foundation. The university selected Walker for this scholarship based on her work ethic, character and zeal for supporting other runners, all qualities that Cramer emulated.

“Eli’s untimely death still resonates on our campus and throughout the Milligan community because of the impact he had on those around him,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “This scholarship will ensure that Eli’s impact will be perpetuated for generations to come and is a fitting way to remember someone who cared so much about others.”

The Eli Cramer Memorial Scholarship was established by the LIVE like ELI Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to honor the legacy of Cramer. Milligan awards this scholarship to a graduating high school student who participated in cross country and track and field and earned a minimum GPA of 3.5. The scholarship aims to support students from Cramer’s hometown of Murfreesboro or a student from middle Tennessee.

“Eli had an immeasurable impact on our program, the same impact he had on the sport and on so many runners from his hometown and Middle Tennessee,” said Chris Layne, cross country and track and field head coach. “Cameron carries Eli’s same infectious spirit, and we know she’s going to be an incredible ambassador for his legacy and for this institution.”

Cramer’s athletic accomplishments and on-campus impact merited his upcoming induction into Milligan’s Hall of Fame at this year’s Celebrate Milligan Dinner during Homecoming in October.


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