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Heartbreak: Chronology of a Cruel Week

May 13, 2019

Broken promises, amazing strength, and heartbreak are common among young and undocumented students in the U.S. since the Executive Order authorizing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was signed in 2012. Before that order, to be undocumented and prohibited a path to citizenship was to live with fear, feeling the emotional and physical need to disappear at any time.

Beware Your Presumptions about Power

May 2, 2019

Power is not always signified by title, wealth, or placement in the organizational chart.

The Largest Gift

March 14, 2019

This is a story worth telling. Were this only about money, the headline might read: Foundation Receives Largest Gift in Nearly 100-Year History. And that would be true. But also true is a tale of heart-stopping humility and commitment so deep it can afford to be silent.

Thirty Years, Today: Why I Stay

February 27, 2019

Today marks 30 years I’ve been Executive Director of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. After three decades, I can still say without hesitation that I have the best job in town. While I may no longer wear blue blazers and silk bow ties (thankfully not entirely visible in this 1989 photo), I wake up every morning before my alarm rings, ready to get to work to create the kind of educational opportunity that can change the world.

Happy Valentine's Data

February 14, 2019

Our board and staff are planning for a strategic planning session in which we will begin setting vision and goals for our centennial year and beyond. In doing so, we administered a survey to current and recent students and asked some open-ended questions for feedback about what we do and how we do it. The valentine (depicted above) simply configures the words used most often in their responses. This, after all, is the best love note we could get.

The Best Reason for Partnerships: Rico Beuford Explains

January 22, 2019

In nonprofit lingo, you’ll find the word “partnership” used to describe everything from an annual contribution to interdependent programs. Fancy words for nonprofit work are plentiful: collaboration, cooperation, alignment, affiliation, replication, collective impact, evidence-based, data-driven.

All the Ways that Money Matters: How Colleges Perpetuate Inequity

November 12, 2018



Scholarship Foundation Student Advisors assist 6,000 students and family members navigating admissions and financial aid each year.

Sometimes I state the obvious. Money (or the absence of it) affects students and their achievements in college.

Habits of the Mind: Meet Missouri Man

October 22, 2018

My father is 82 and now lives just blocks away from me. Two years ago, after a devastating car accident on a rural road near my parents’ former home, he could no longer drive and was soon diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Life has changed for my family in many ways, some so relevant to the mission of The Scholarship Foundation that I’m dedicating this blogpost to my dad, aka “Missouri Man.”

Learning, Earning, Building Community: College IS Worth It, If…

October 4, 2018

Increasingly, policymakers and media ask whether a college degree is “worth it”. Do the financial benefits outweigh the risks or costs? Is it for everyone? How relevant is the learning occurring at the collegiate level? Is access to higher education worth the public investment required to educate those without economic means?

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