Trio Educational Opportunity Support Project

Thomas George, chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis and chairman of the board of directors of the Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis (HEC); Katherine Bailey, executive director of HEC-Educational Opportunity Programs; Dwayne Smith, vice president for academic affairs, Harris-Stowe State University.

Fifty St. Louis public high school students will get a chance to live the life of a college student for a week this summer thanks to a program run by the Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis. A $10,000 grant from the Express Scripts Foundation for HEC’s Trio Educational Opportunity Support Project was announced Tuesday by Thomas George, chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis and chairman of the HEC board of directors.

“The Express Scripts Foundation, as one of its core tenets, supports education of underserved youth to prepare them for success, particularly in science and healthcare,” said Susan Stith, senior director, diversity at Express Scripts. “We are proud to support the Higher Education Consortium as it helps deserving students gain important personal and professional growth opportunities.”

The grant will allow the students to take classes and live on the Harris-Stowe State University campus in St. Louis for a week this summer. Selected participants also will participate in a weeklong college tour. The students will be chosen from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search students from Metro, Gateway, Beaumont, Clyde C. Miller, Cleveland Jr. ROTC, Soldan, Vashon and Central Visual and Performing Arts high schools.

“We are excited about being able to provide our first-generation, low-income participants in these programs this amazing opportunity,” said Katherine Bailey, executive director of HEC-Educational Opportunity Programs. “We are especially grateful for the financial assistance received from the Express Scripts Foundation and are honored that Express Scripts recognizes the value in our mission and supports our service to the community.”

The Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis is run by a board of directors made up of leaders from the region’s colleges and universities and the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis. Each year, HEC’s Educational Opportunity Programs serves more than 8,000 participants in programs such as TRIO Educational Opportunities, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound.


NABA scholarship luncheon May 17

The St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) will present its 32nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon. This Scholarship Luncheon is designed to help high school and college students majoring in (or planning to major in) Accounting, Finance or Business afford higher education and celebrates the hard work and scholastic achievements of the St. Louis youth.

Our 32nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Friday May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Airport Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are on sale for $50 and can be purchased online ( and 50 percent of ticket sales will go towards future scholarships.

“The annual scholarship program is geared towards supporting the betterment and college goals of students for a successful future” says Brittani Lee, President and Contracts Analyst at The Boeing Company. “NABA has a long history of assisting students in the funding of college and following students through their accounting/business careers, and we hope to continue this legacy.”

Since its inception, NABA - St. Louis has provided approximately $300,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students. Through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that share NABA’s desire to break through the economic barrier minorities often experience, NABA offers scholarships on a local level.

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Understanding college financial aid award letters

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis will host workshops to assist the public in understanding college financial aid award letters

“Are you wondering how to read and compare financial aid award letters?” ask organizers. “Confused by the jargon? We can help read confusing letters, compare financial aid packages, and determine next steps. We want to support debt avoidance and college affordability.”

Workshops will be held at the Foundation, 8215 Clayton Road across from the Galleria Mall, on the following days: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, is based upon the conviction that an educated citizenry is essential to a democracy. More than 10,000 students have been awarded more than $58 million in interest-free loans and $3.8 million in grants by the Foundation since 1920.

If you have additional questions or would like to RSVP for any of the above workshops, please contact the Foundation at 314-725-7990 or email

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