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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.

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.

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.

DISCRETION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

December 4, 2017

Sometimes, it’s the small stuff.

IN HONOR OF ANCESTORS: A FAMILY REMEMBERS

November 14, 2017

I have a story for you. We’ve received word of a gift totaling $17,000 we will receive in the coming month or two. But that’s the middle of the story.

In 2003, Regina Edwards began talking about creating a Designated Scholar Loan Fund. I knew Regina as a deep thinker and a determined woman, but I did not know anything about her family history or the investments she’d carefully tended during her years as a social worker.

Family Values

November 3, 2017

Shame on me. Today I remembered two important things: family values and matzo ball soup.

In 28 years, you would think I’d have learned the magic of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. But this week, I’ve thankfully been reminded all over again of the goodness of human beings and the fact that there are families who extend themselves to create opportunity for others.