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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). 


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.


December 4, 2017

Sometimes, it’s the small stuff.


November 20, 2017

I read a letter aloud to several staff members last week. After I finished, Program Director Thurman Young summed up the story as one of redemption, practically writing the blogpost for me.


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.

The Social Utility of Scholarships, c.1926

October 12, 2017

In 1926, six years after the first interest-free loan was made, Scholarship Foundation founder Meta Bettman typed out a five-page essay, explaining the connection between this seemingly individual act (a scholarship to an individual) and larger societal and national values.  Though the typeface has faded and some of the language is dated, her main points are relevant today.  Accordingly, I bring you Mrs. Irvin Bettman, today’s guest blogger.

SUPERHEROES: One Week in Advising

October 2, 2017

In a staff of 13, it seems odd to refer to three people as a “department.” So, for purposes of this blog post, I’ll just tag them Superheroes of The Scholarship Foundation.

Protest is personal

September 20, 2017

At 3, my daughter somehow knew to raise her right fist, close her eyes, and declare herself. Doing so did not diminish her love for her baby brother or her desire to keep him safe.  Just look, in the photo, where her left hand rests.