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After Five and The Next 100: Building Democracy

August 9, 2019

We are tired and we are moved. Today is a somber day in St. Louis, marking five years since the police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. on a quiet street in Ferguson on a Saturday morning. Actions and reflections are underway, intended to remind all of us that we are not truly free until all are free. While we look back at our history, we are even more anxious to build a healthier community that will invite all to support and sustain democracy.

Beware Your Presumptions about Power

May 2, 2019

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

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?


June 21, 2018

Believe it or not, sometimes I run out of words. That is why there has been a gap in blogposts. Almost always, it helps me to stop and to listen. I’m hoping you’ll join me in reading (and thus, hearing) three of our new students* explain how they approach their higher education. I promise it will be worth your time and will quicken your heart.

- Faith Sandler

Repaid in Full: Miles Walz-Salvador

May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Miles Walz-Salvador for reaching the milestone of repaying his Scholarship Foundation loan! In 1920, the origin of The Scholarship Foundation was the interest-free loan. Today, the tradition is strong in the lives of graduates like Miles. Here’s what he has to say about the value of the loan:

For Learning’s Sake: The Purpose of Higher Education

April 23, 2018

Some questions inspire startlingly simple answers. My grandfather had euphemisms at the ready for self-evident questions: “Is fat meat greasy?”, “Is the Pope Catholic?”, “Does a bear sh*t in the woods?”. Here are two from our work at The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis:

Q. What do low-income students need?
A. Money

IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?: A Continued Discussion

March 13, 2018

We have work to do. Political processes at the state and federal level are quickly bankrupting and privatizing higher education. Colleges are competing to enroll as many students who can pay as much of the bill as possible; willingly or not, this practice is shifting our understanding of education from societal and common good to market-based commodity.

Last month, “College Isn’t For Everyone” was the somewhat surprising headline of a Words of Faith blogpost. I heard from quite a few of you:

"College Isn't for Everyone"

February 12, 2018

We’re engaged in a debate about the worth of human beings, but afraid to call it that.

Have you heard these phrases, or maybe even said them yourself?

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

May 1, 2017

Among the lesser known observances of May 1 is “Decision Day.” For low-income students, this is more than a misnomer. Until the entire system changes, this higher education holiday should not be observed.

May 1 has multiple meanings: