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Words of Faith


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.


August 30, 2017

"Can you tell I’m anxious? new art coming.  I’m excited.  It’s dark, scary…like the way the future seems sometimes." Vivian, a first-year college student, typed these words into her Instagram post with sketches she had made for a painting.  It was 1:15 a.m., and she had drawn anguished faces as she responded to the pardon of Joe Arpaio and the rumored threats to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


August 17, 2017

This is the fourth draft I have written in four days.  Each day, more public pronouncements on race and hate and history find their place in mainstream and social media. Several of you asked me about a Words of Faith posting on the topic of racism. This is not new territory for us. After much reflection, I have concluded that there is no statement to issue.