Elaine Smick and DeAndre Harris-Bey

Elaine Smick and DeAndre Harris-Bey received Janice Mosby Scholarships from the St. Louis Community CU Foundation.

For the third year in a row, the St. Louis Community CU Foundation has offered the Janice Mosby Scholarship opportunity. This year, the Foundation partnered with TIAA-CREF to award $2,500 scholarships to two eligible adult students, DeAndre Harris-Bey and Elaine Smick.

DeAndre Harris-Bey attends Lindenwood University and majors in Criminal Justice. He currently works for the St. Louis Metro Treatment Center.

Elaine Smick is enrolled at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and majors in Accounting. She works at Aschinger Electric Company.

Recognizing the critical role education plays in the creation of fiscally responsible citizens, the St. Louis Community CU Foundation created the scholarship fund in 2011 to honor the legacy of the late Janice Mosby, who was a teacher and principal in the St. Louis Public Schools for more than 30 years. With a kind heart and gentle spirit, she dedicated her life to helping students in the community develop to their fullest potential.  Mosby served on the St. Louis Community Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 40 years and as a board member of the credit union’s foundation.

To be considered eligible, applicants must be first-time or re-entry students ages 23 or older who are attending college full or part-time and are trying to move forward with their lives. Since its inception, the St. Louis Community CU Foundation has presented seven scholarship awards.

For more information on the Janice Mosby scholarship, visit http://www.slccufoundation.org.


MSU offers new College Bound scholarship 

St. Louis-area students with financial need will have a chance to attend Missouri State University, thanks to a new scholarship program developed by Missouri State and College Bound St. Louis. Beginning in the fall 2013, MSU-College Bound Access Scholarships will be awarded to qualified students. The scholarships will be in the amount of either $2,500 or $1,500 and can be renewed for up to four years.

“Missouri State University is very excited to enter into this partnership and provide scholarships to deserving students,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “We believe that college should be accessible to all students, not just the affluent. This scholarship program ensures access to those who have the capability to succeed in college, but just need a little help to afford it.”

College Bound begins working with students when they enter the 10th grade and remains active in their lives until they graduate from college. During these seven to nine years of development, College Bound supports students as they prepare for the ACT, apply to college, earn scholarships, and navigate the emotional and psychological challenges of transitioning to higher education.

After students begin college, they receive a broad safety net of human and financial resources. The goal of College Bound is to ensure that students who are admitted to college, graduate from college, and can go on to enjoy the full benefits of living in a community and contributing to a vital and educated workforce.

“Nearly 100 percent of College Bound’s high school graduates earned admission to four-year colleges or universities,” said Lisa Orden Zarin, College Bound founder/chief executive officer. “Between 60-75 percent of College Bound students graduate from college within six years – the same rate as their highest income peers.”

College Bound is the only program in the St. Louis region with a year-round curriculum that includes career exposure, community engagement, test preparation, social-emotional development, financial literacy and academic enrichment so that students not only go to college, they graduate from college.

For more information on College Bound, please visit www.collegeboundstl.org.


SIUE students visit University of Havana 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is taking its first step in enacting the educational agreement between SIU and the University of Havana (UH) in Cuba.

SIUE College of Arts and Sciences colleagues Larry LaFond, faculty member with expertise in linguistics, and Wendy Shaw, faculty member who focuses on social geography, are leading a group of four students to Havana for a 10-day visit. In addition to the students visiting Cuba, 17 students will take a tandem course online. All 21 students will come together as part of the course to share what they have learned.

Senior Roberto Saenz is a history major with a double minor in philosophy and art history. An Aurora native, Saenz is of Puerto Rican descent and is curious about the similarities between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

“Cuba always has been that forbidden fruit, so to speak, so it’s exciting to take advantage of what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Saenz said. “With a better understanding of Cuba and its people, maybe someday I’ll help bring the embargo to a lesser extreme, and people will look with less of a blind eye to the island.”

Junior Alyss Diaz, a special education major from Chicago, was curious about study abroad and wanted to experience it before she graduates.

“This is probably my only chance to experience Cuba in my lifetime, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity,” she said.

Along with lectures at UH and a meeting with the University Students Federation, SIUE students will study interrelated aspects of Cuban culture and history.

CAS Dean Aldemaro Romero’s goal is to demonstrate that a Midwestern university with no apparent connection to Cuba can create a variety of diverse programs to develop academic diplomacy by establishing connections both academically and culturally. Romero has worked vigorously on the project since 2009 to define the cooperative relationship between the universities.

This interdisciplinary studies class allows students to visit Cuba for 10 days and then return to SIUE to complete the course. Romero believes the alliance between the universities will give students a broader world perspective in an ever-growing global economy, while providing faculty with opportunities for the development of new academic initiatives.

The initiative between the University of Havana and SIUE is only the second in the nation - the first being with Harvard University.

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