The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Tameka Herrion will be joining the staff as Senior Director of Programs on February 28th, 2022. Herrion is uniquely qualified for this newly created position, having held professional positions in higher education for the last 20 years. Most recently, she has served as Director of College Planning with Southeast Missouri State University, with responsibilities for outreach and recruitment as well as designing education programs promoting college and career planning with a focus on first generation and underrepresented students. Her prior positions include Scholarship Manager with St. Louis Community Foundation, Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Ranken Technical College, and positions in admissions and student support services at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State.
Herrion holds both a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University. She will complete a Post-Master’s Certificate in Developing and Leading Effective Teams at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work in April, 2022.
Tameka Herrion is dedicated to educational opportunity as a matter of the heart and the head, borne of her own experiences and of coming to know so many students and families in her work. Herrion notes, “I have dedicated my career to helping young people and their families increase their quality of living. This does not just pertain to attaining a bachelor’s degree. I know first-hand and all too well that we must uplift the entire family, not just the children and not just the ‘one who has what it takes to make it out’ ”.
In addition to her professional duties, Herrion’s volunteer commitments have included serving as a member of the West End Planning Steering Committee (where she has recently purchased a home), serving on the Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership’s Regional Community Advisory Group and membership in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, to name just a few.
While there were many eager and strong candidates for this position, Herrion’s combination of varied responsibilities and passion for the mission and purpose of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and its students were unparalleled. She is certain to make the organization’s work even more focused and far-reaching.