Class of 2015
Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship; International Business
ESC Rennes School of Business, Grenoble Graduate School of Business
“I’ve learned that if you believe you can achieve something, do not let anything stop you from achieving it.”
Anthony Richardson did not plan an educational journey that included earning a degree in another country. After graduating from St. Charles West High School in 2011, Anthony enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia to major in international business and minor in French. During his sophomore year, he found an opportunity to study abroad and earn his degree in France. After careful consideration, Anthony transferred to ESC Rennes School of Business (École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes), in Rennes, France to major in international business. The transition was not easy, but proved worthwhile.
Anthony needed financial assistance to help pay for school. While initially denied an interest-free loan through The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis because he had too much unmet need, Anthony kept his focus on his goals. He worked closely with the Foundation’s Student Advising Director Teresa Steinkamp, and realized he had not included in his loan application his income from being an English tutor. He successfully appealed his denied application and was awarded an interest-free loan.
“I’ve learned that if you believe you can achieve something, do not let anything stop you from achieving it,” says Anthony.
Along the way, Anthony completed an internship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which piqued his interest in working for an aerospace company. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 2015 and is remaining in France to pursue a master’s degree in innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
“The assistance of The Scholarship Foundation and its donors have opened such large windows of opportunity for me to pursue an education. Without these opportunities, none of this would have been possible.”