Make a Donation

The programs and services of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis are sustained by financial contributions of cash and securities that may take many forms. These include tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation’s annual campaign; matching gifts; tribute gifts; and gifts to funds established in honor or memory of a specific individual or entity.


In celebration of The Scholarship Foundation’s centennial year in 2020, all gifts to the Foundation for any purpose in 2018, 2019, and 2020 will be recognized cumulatively in the 2020 Annual Report and The Scholarship Foundation’s centennial celebrations and publications. The amount given in a specific year will also be recognized in that year’s annual report. Suggested donation categories include:

Centennial Giving Categories (accumulated over 2018, 2019 and 2020)

$100,000   Centennial Legacy Gift
$30,000 Centennial Special Gift
$7,500   2020 Visionary Gift

Annual Giving Categories

$50,000  Benefactor
$25,000  Major Gift
$10,000  Special Gift
$7,500  Provost
$5,000  Dean

$2,000  Scholar
$1,000  Sponsor
$500  Sustainer
$250  Supporter
$100  Friend

Contributions made by check should be payable to "The Scholarship Foundation" and mailed to 6825 Clayton Avenue, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63139. Please indicate if the donation relates to an annual campaign gift, tribute gift or other special program in the check memo. Donors may contribute by check, online via this website, or by arranging a transfer of stocks and other securities. Please Contact Us to arrange a stock transfer or other gift of securities.

Tribute Gifts

Donors may contribute in honor or memory of a person or special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or graduations. Suggested giving levels range from $10 to $2,500. The Foundation promptly notifies honorees or their families of the tribute gift, which also is recognized in the Foundation’s semi-annual newsletter.

With a gift of $50 or more, donors may establish a tribute drawing account from which the donor may authorize tributes by telephone or email. Drawing accounts may be replenished as donors choose. Contact Us to learn more about opening a drawing account.

Additional Ways to Give

Matching Gifts

Many employers establish programs that match their employees’ contributions to specified nonprofit groups and charities. Donors can ask their employers if they match contributions to The Scholarship Foundation -- or if they will include The Scholarship Foundation among the organizations eligible for matching funds.

Ava’s Grace Scholarship

Ava’s Grace Scholarship Program was founded in March 2010, with the mission of providing scholarships for higher education and networking opportunities to young people who have, or have had, an incarcerated parent or primary care giver. Since that time Ava’s Grace has committed more than $800,000 to more than 40 students who are attending colleges and universities across the nation.

Microgrants for Basic Needs

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, The Scholarship Foundation has disbursed microgrants via ACH transfers to Foundation students for emergency expenses related to food, housing, utilities, transportation, and other basic needs. Low-income students and their families are experiencing sudden, widespread unemployment, and students have not received refunds of money they have advanced to their colleges and universities. Foundation Student Advisors are working with individuals to meet their immediate needs. To support this vital work, contribute to Microgrants for Basic Needs through an Annual/One-Time Gift by selecting the Donate Now button above.

Insuring Rural Communities Scholarship

Established in 2018, in partnership with Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, Insuring Rural Communities seeks to enhance the stability of rural communities through postsecondary education opportunities for residents. The scholarship will provide essential financial support for residential, commuter, and distance learning; strengthen and expand the efforts of rural school districts and youth agencies to provide critical guidance; and invest resources in areas depleted of agricultural, mining, and manufacturing opportunities.

Designated Scholar Loans

Designated Scholar Loans (DSLs) are special funds established by donors within the Scholarship Foundation’s Interest-Free Loan Program. Each DSL is named for a specific donor or honoree.

Every year in accordance with its guidelines, the Foundation selects a qualified recipient of its interest-free loan program to serve as the Designated Scholar for each DSL. Donors may express a preference for students at a particular school or in a particular field of study, and the Foundation will make every effort to match students with donors’ interests. Donors and students may become acquainted through written correspondence or personal meetings if both consent.

As of January 1, 2019, there are 305 donor-established Designated Scholar Loan funds at The Scholarship Foundation. Since the program began in 1981, Designated Scholar Loan funds have generated $5 million in aid to students through the Interest-Free Loan Program.

Donors may establish a DSL with a gift or pledge of $40,000 or more, payable in a lump sum or in five yearly installments. The fund becomes operative after an initial payment of $8,000.

For more information about Designated Scholar Loans or any of our giving options, please call The Scholarship Foundation at (314) 725-7990 or Contact Us.