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Who Is Eligible

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis provides approximately 600 area students each year with renewable interest-free loans and grants for postsecondary education.

Applicants are selected on the basis of academic potential, personal character and significant financial need. There are no age restrictions.

Recipients may enroll in technical, bachelor's, or associate degree programs at accredited, nonprofit postsecondary institutions anywhere in the United States. They may pursue any field of study except the ministry.

To qualify for annual loan renewals, students must demonstrate continuing financial need and satisfactory academic progress toward receiving their degrees.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must have lived in the St. Louis metropolitan region for at least two years prior to the date of their application. The metropolitan region consists of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County; Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and Washington counties in Missouri; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair.

  • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Alternatively, applicants may have successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) tests to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.

  • Individuals with a history of educational loan default or bankruptcy are not eligible for the programs, although The Scholarship Foundation may take an applicant’s exceptional circumstances into consideration.

  • Students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply.