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2020 Vision

2018 Annual Report

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Programs

For almost 100 years, The Scholarship Foundation has supported St. Louis area students to, through, and beyond college.

The Foundation’s success is rooted in three key areas:

Financial Awards Student Advising Advocacy

Awards

The Scholarship Foundation closes the gap between the total cost of attendance and the family and financial aid resources available to students by providing last-dollar funding for college. In 2018, The Scholarship Foundation awarded almost $5 million to 503 students, including $3.1 million in interest-free loans and $1.6 million in grants. The bedrock of the Foundation’s ongoing sustainability is the interest-free loan program, which generates annual repayments of $2.2 million. These repayments are recycled into new loans, providing ongoing student support.

Student hugging mother at ceremony

Advising

The Foundation’s student advisors worked with more than 6,000 students and family members in 2018 to ensure that students understood the financial aid system and were able to make sound long-term decisions. Advisors provide support and guidance on admissions policies, financial aid options, enrollment, and student loan repayment. Advisors continue to work with students after they begin attending college to ensure that students have the support they need to persist to graduation.

Advisor speaking to students/

Advocacy

The Foundation’s advocacy program is built on the premise that those who are most affected by policy decisions are the best leaders and advocates for improving policy. In 2018, 10 student interns participated in an expanded advocacy program incorporating new Deaconess Nursing Fellowships and Equifax Finance Fellowships with the Education Policy Internship. The new program used a cohort model in which all students learned about education, health, and finance policy. After an intensive training process, the students visited with legislators, wrote and distributed policy recommendations and white papers, and led community initiatives as they advocated for better and more equitable policies at the institutional, state, and federal levels.

Group of students

Financials

Loan dollars in the
hands of students*

*Total student loan receivables before allowance for doubtful accounts

Allocation of foundation
resources by function

Programs

90.6%

including program
services, student loans,
and grants awarded

Fundraising

6%

General and
administrative

3.4%

Program
Expenditures

Loans

$3,130,345

Program
Services

$1,650,826

Grants

$1,739,542

Sources
of support

Public support

Student loan repayments

Interest and investments

Reviewed by UHY LLP, Certified Public Accountants (including Net Assets)

Thank you!

Special thanks to our donors

Contributors are listed in the giving category commensurate with the total of their contributions and Designated Scholar Loan pledges made to The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Such contributions include gifts made to the Foundation’s annual campaign, gifts to support student grant programs, bequests and planned gifts, major gifts to the Designated Scholar Loan (DSL) Program, gifts given to special projects, and tribute gifts. For more information, please contact Executive Director Faith Sandler or External Relations Director Karin McElwain-West at 314-725-7990.

If you wish to make your annual contribution online now, please click here. Contributions made by check should be payable to “The Scholarship Foundation” and mailed to 6825 Clayton Avenue, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63139. Please write “annual gift” in the check memo. Thank you.

*deceased

Benefactor ($50,000+)

Major Gift ($25,000+)

Special Gift ($10,000+)

Dean ($5,000+)

Scholar ($2,500+)

Sponsor ($1,000+)

Sustainer ($500+)

Supporter ($250+)

Friend ($100+)


Centennial

The following donors have chosen to celebrate and affirm the Foundation’s mission and continued work over the next 100 years by making gifts and pledges to be accumulated in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in the special centennial anniversary giving categories listed below. Such contributions include gifts made to the Foundation’s annual campaign, gifts to support student grant programs, bequests and planned gifts, major gifts to the Designated Scholar Loan (DSL) Program, gifts given to special projects, and tribute gifts made to The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.

If you wish to make a centennial commitment to the Foundation in honor of its 100th anniversary in 2020, please click here or mail a check. Contributions made by check should be payable to “The Scholarship Foundation” and mailed to 6825 Clayton Avenue, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63139. Please include your centennial giving commitment in the check memo or an attached note. Thank you.

If you would like to confirm your total gifts to date or check your progress towards a centennial giving commitment, please contact External Relations Director Karin McElwain-West or Community Relations Coordinator Ty Dowdy at 314-725-7990.

Centennial Legacy ($100,000+)

Special Centennial ($30,000+)

2020 Visionary ($7,500+)


Designated Scholar Loans

Designated Scholar Loans (DSLs) are a special type of interest-free loan established in memory or in honor of one or more individuals. DSLs offer an option for communication between the donor and student. Each DSL is awarded by The Scholarship Foundation to a student who has applied for an interest-free loan. Donors may establish a DSL with a gift or pledge of $30,000 or more, payable in full or in five annual installments. For more information about DSLs or any other giving option, please call External Relations Director Karin McElwain-West at 314-725-7990.

If highlighted, the named loan was established or expanded since January 1, 2018.