Nichole “Nikki” Ely marched in Phantom Regiment’s color guard from 1988-95. The Pekin, Ill., native earned a spot in the color guard as a 14-year-old and eventually would become the guard’s C.O.

Nikki, who had been living in Miami, died at the young age of 33 due to head injuries sustained while vacationing at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.

A scholarship fund was started in 2007 to keep Nikki’s memory alive as drum corps and the Phantom Regiment meant so much to her. You can make donation via the online button below, or by check. Please make checks payable to Phantom Regiment and put Nikki Ely on the note line. You can send checks to: Phantom Regiment, 420 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103.

Phantom Regiment is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donation to the Nichole Ely Memorial Scholarship Fund can be tax-deductible. Be sure to check with your tax advisor for complete details.

To make an online donation, click on the button below. Using PayPal is quick, easy and FREE!

Your support to ensure the legacy of Nichole Ely is greatly appreciated!

To apply: ONLY current veteran members of the Phantom Regiment color guard can apply. Deadline to submit your application is May 1. Click here for the scholarship application.

Past Recipients Include:

  • 2018 – Erica Compton
  • 2017 – Annie Higginbotham
  • 2016 – Emily Plumer
  • 2015 – Megan Quamme
  • 2014 – Mahina Wall
  • 2013 – Aylin Vural
  • 2012 – Fame Tata
  • 2011 – Cara Lawson
  • 2010 – Midori Eng
  • 2009 – Kim Rogowski
  • 2008 – Michael Horvath & Complete Set of shoes for Color Guard