What We Do
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, a federally qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, opens doors to higher education through direct assistance programs for students and through active participation in many aspects of the St. Louis regional community.
- The Foundation’s core financial aid programs provide interest-free, fee-free loans and outright grants to students for postsecondary education. In 2012, the Foundation distributed nearly $3.6 million to approximately 600 qualified area students who are pursuing bachelors, associate, and technical degrees at accredited educational institutions throughout the United States. Loan repayments are recycled into new loans for additional qualified students. (For more details about The Scholarship Foundation’s interest-free loans and grants, see Student Loans and Grants.)
- The Student Advocate and Advising Program provides information and guidance to assist more than 1,500 area students annually in determining what educational opportunities they want to pursue after high school. The program operates through active partnerships with dozens of public and private schools and community service organizations. (For descriptions of Student Advocate and Advising Program services go to Advice.)
- The Foundation conducts free public workshops at which students and their family members can learn more about financial aid, decipher confusing official notifications of aid eligibility and become familiar with basic principles of financial literacy. (For more information about Scholarship Foundation workshops see Workshops and Clinics.)
- The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a founder and leader of St. Louis Graduates (formerly the St. Louis Regional College Access Pipeline Project), a coordinated, collaborative, community-wide effort involving educational institutions, corporations, charitable groups, and other service providers. The project’s goal is to double the percentage of St. Louis residents who have postsecondary degrees from 25 percent to 50 percent by the year 2020. St. Louis Graduates publications and announcements about services are available through its website, www.stlouisgraduates.org.
- The Scholarship Foundation provides a variety of philanthropic options to about 10,000 donors each year who choose to support its educational programs. These include donations of cash and securities; planned giving through trusts, gift annuities, and bequests; merchandise donations to the Foundation’s ScholarShop retail stores; and volunteer positions with both the Foundation and ScholarShop. (To see which donation options might best meet your needs, please explore the Donate section of this website.)
- The two ScholarShop retail locations interact with thousands of area shoppers whose purchases of high quality donated clothing and accessories provide a dedicated stream of revenue supporting the Foundation’s many educational programs. (See ScholarShop for information about locations, hours, sales, operations, and employment.)