The St. Louis American is one of the few newspapers in the entire country with its own 501(c)3 foundation, the nationally-acclaimed St. Louis American Foundation.
Founded in 1994, the St. Louis American Foundation is dedicated to enabling the African-American community to increase its access to careers in Business, the Sciences and the Humanities.The mission combines a primary interest in promoting educational opportunity with critical support for activiites that move individuals towards being self-directed and assuming personal responsibility for pursuing constructive futures.
Since its inception, nearly $2.5 million in local community grants and minority scholarship has been distributed through the St. Louis American Foundation.
The Foundation has been recognized with “12” first place Community Service awards from organizations such as: National Newspaper Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, Missouri Press Association, Illinois Press Association, and the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
Each year, roceeds from the St. Louis American Foundation’s four “Salute” events provide 10s of thousands of dollars for scholarships for minority students. In 2012 alone, the foundation distributed nearly $200,000 in community grants and scholarships for local minority students, teacher honorariums, as well as laptop computers for elementary schools and college students.
In 2012, The St. Louis American Foundation also began a collaboration with the Deaconess Foundation and the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis to provide nearly $100,000 per year in local nursing scholarships.
In addition to smaller scholarships, The St. Louis American Foundation now has three (3) four-year Donald M. Suggs Scholarships (named after the St. Louis American publisher):
- University of Missouri Columbia Donald M. Suggs Scholarship
(4-year, $57,000 scholarship. It also allows that individual to study an extra semester abroad, for up to $7,500 additional allowance. Past Suggs Scholars have studied abroad in England, Brazil and Japan.)
- Southeast Missouri State University Donald M. Suggs Scholarship
(4-year, $30,000 scholarship)
- Missouri State University Donald M. Suggs Scholarship
The St. Louis American Foundation presents four special community-recognition events each year: