Student Loans and Grants

Grant Programs

The Scholarship Foundation partners with community organizations, foundations, and corporations to aid students seeking college degrees with scholarships and grants. These are renewable awards that do not have to be repaid. Students are selected based on criteria specified by the donor, such as field of study, place of residence, participation in a specific youth program, and/or college the student is attending. Students can apply directly for many of these opportunities. To learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs, please click any of the links below to access Scholarship Central or contact us:

Ava’s Grace Scholarship Linda and Pete Werner Scholarship
BJC Scholars Fund Scholarship Marilyn and Morton Werner Scholarship
Deaconess Foundation Nursing Scholarship Mildred E. and Francis R. Lynch Scholarship Grant
Equifax Finance Scholarship Neil Molloy Memorial Scholarship
Helen E. Nash, M.D. Educational Trust Fund Scholarship New Era Scholarship
Horizon Housing Foundation Scholarship rootEd Community College Transfer Scholarship
Insuring Rural Communities rootEd Undergraduate Scholarship
James C. Bates & Alison Bates Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Saigh Foundation Bravo
Jefferson Foundation Bravo

All grants are awarded within the policies for eligibility and selection set by the board of directors of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. For more information about eligibility or how to apply to our Financial Aid programs, please explore the other pages under this section of the website or contact us.

The Interest-Free Loan Program

Providing interest-free loans for postsecondary education to students on the basis of financial need has been the core function of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis since its creation over 100 years ago.

Each academic year, the Foundation provides approximately 500 students from the St. Louis metropolitan region with interest-free, fee-free loans for higher education. Qualifying recipients receive renewable loans of up to $11,000, depending on their specific financial needs.

Interest-free loans are available to students attending accredited, nonprofit postsecondary institutions. All fields of study, with the exception of the ministry, are eligible. Some funds within the Interest-Free Loan Program are earmarked for specific fields of study such as the Deedee Becker Loan Fund for nursing students. Over the last five years, students have received nearly $22 million in interest-free loans and grants for postsecondary education from The Scholarship Foundation.

Emergency Assistance

If you are a student experiencing economic hardship, members of our Student Advising Team are available to listen, make recommendations, and assist in identifying resources that may be available. Limited funds may be available to current Scholarship Foundation students for critical needs such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, and other basic needs. Please contact our student advisors to learn more.