Who Is Eligible

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis provides approximately 500 students each year with renewable interest-free loans and grants for postsecondary education.

Applicants are selected on the basis of academic potential, personal character, and significant financial need. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) over $15,000 must have significant and extenuating circumstances to be considered. There are no age restrictions.

Recipients may enroll in technical, bachelor’s, or associate degree programs at accredited, nonprofit postsecondary institutions anywhere in the United States (though some grant programs have restrictions). They may pursue any field of study except the ministry. Limited funds are available for students pursuing graduate degrees if they were funded by the Foundation for an undergraduate degree.

To qualify for annual loan and grant renewals, students must demonstrate continuing financial need and satisfactory academic progress toward receiving their degrees.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Applicants for interest-free loans and most grants must have lived in the St. Louis metropolitan region for at least two years prior to the date of their application. The metropolitan region consists of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County; Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, and Warren counties in Missouri; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair. Some grants focus on different geographic areas.
  • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Alternatively, applicants may have successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) tests to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.
  • Individuals with a history of educational loan default or bankruptcy are asked to submit a statement of explanation. The Scholarship Foundation will take an applicant’s exceptional circumstances into consideration.
  • Students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply.