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Note to Donors: Do You Know What You Have Done?

September 20, 2018

Atonement

Last night, many broke the fast at the close of Yom Kippur, the highest of Jewish holy days on which those observing review the prior year, atone for transgressions or actions left undone, and set intentions for the coming year. Yom Kippur is a ritual practice of reflection and reconciliation.

Succeeding with College Success

August 29, 2018

We’re using Words of Faith to share a lengthy article about our programs from the National College Access Network. Their post is about college success metrics and programs. Please take the time to read it, as it is a deep and full explanation of what we do and how we do it.

The Thumper Theory

July 4, 2018

Today, I invoke the Thumper Theory as a way of marking Independence Day.

I am at an unprecedented loss for things to say that will celebrate the United States of America. Though this is my 57th Fourth of July, I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced the tenets of democracy, human rights, freedom, and liberty more threatened.

Food for Thought: Why Hunger Haunts So Many College Students

April 4, 2018

On April 3, the Washington Post published the recent release of data documenting hunger and other basic needs unmet among college students. The piece cited several surveys, but focused on the largest to date. The full study report can be found here: 

What is Good

March 29, 2018

I’m reminding you to remind me to look for the good. It is still there and may be shining even brighter on these dark days.

In more ways than I can (or should) mention here, this has been a long and difficult winter. Among the coinciding forces of national news, state budget crises, terrible tragedy and toxic stress in the lives of people close to us, and a seasonal absence of sunlight, it’s possible to lose track. The more you look, the bleaker it can seem.

AN INESTIMABLE GIFT: Kim Abel Retires, Leaving the Lights On

March 2, 2018

It’s ironic that I can neither calculate nor estimate the value of the gifts that Kim Abel has given in her 17 years as Deputy Director of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, as she has been the chief accountant and spreadsheet creator for so very long. This week, Kim tries something completely new; she retires to care for herself and her family. When she gets in her car to drive away on March 2, we will all miss her more than we can now know.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: What we do works!

January 23, 2018

First, click on the image below and tell me what you see!

Just in case charts and graphs and data aren’t your thing, let me summarize in words:

2017: An Extraordinary Year

December 29, 2017

These have been challenging weeks. I had not planned a year-end blogpost, thinking I had little constructive to say about the way the world is treating our students. Then, yesterday, I received an email from Barb Touchette, President of The Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors (pictured at center of photo, during a board meeting discussion). 

ACT NOW: Dream On! (URGENT)

December 19, 2017

I ask that you TODAY demand that Congress:

Food for Thought

December 12, 2017

It does not take much to imagine what it is like to try to study or sit in class if you are chronically hungry or malnourished. While some of us may joke that students are always “starving”, the issue of chronic or episodic hunger among college students is now significant, and not at all funny.

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