Those in attendance at the scholarship ceremony included, from left in front row: K. Dane Brooksher, St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation Chairman of the Board; Anida Junuzovic, Crizyll Krishna Torremoro, Kristiana Aubrey Miranda, Morgan Martin, Heshimu D. Wilson and Norbert Siegfried, former longtime chairman of St. Anthony's Board of Directors. In back row, from left to right: Jordan Michael Jost, James Ira Keller, Noah Adam Bodimer, Jeremiah Thomas Woodward and Journey Monet Burdell. Not pictured: Shane Bodimer, Yusuf Bekirov, Hadrian Soriano Doromal, Carol Eleeson and Emma Ann Consiglio.
Hard work and dedication are paying off for 15 students who have earned a total of $115,000 in college scholarships from the Boniface Foundation
(formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation) in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation
Another 45 students are eligible to renew their scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships support the student’s undergraduate degree in any field of study.
The recipients received the Norbert Siegfried Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Employees. In addition to being the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers, these students had to qualify academically, write strong essays, receive recommendations, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman.
“You have the whole world ahead of you, and you’re sitting in a position to give you a great advantage,” Norbert said. “Don’t take it for granted. Count your blessings every day: they are numerous.”
Norbert and K. Dane Brooksher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation
, discussed with the students their career plans and answered questions during the scholarship ceremony.
, in its affiliation with St. Anthony’s, wants to continue these scholarships,” Dane said. “That’s really great.”
The St. Louis Community Foundation administers the scholarship program.
“This is a unique program for us,” said Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships and Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We administer more than a million dollars in scholarships every year, but no other money goes to a program like we see here at St. Anthony’s.
“The support this program provides to St. Anthony’s families is inspiring, much like the achievements required of these students to earn these honors,” Amy added.
St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $5.3 million to 300 students since the program’s inception in 2006.
The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area.
This year’s recipients are:
- Anida Junuzovic , daughter of Suhreta Junuzovic of IMCU, south St. Louis County
- Emma Ann Consiglio, daughter of Lisa Consiglio of St. Anthony's Heart Specialty Associates, south St. Louis County
- James Ira Keller, son of Samantha Umfleet of Cardiovascular Care, Brentwood
- Caroline Eleeson, daughter of Peggy Eleeson of Outpatient Physical Therapy, Fenton
- Jordan Michael Jost, son of Michelle Jost of Professional Practice & Diabetes Education, south St. Louis County
- Hadrian Soriano Doromal, son of Bernadette Doromal of Float Pool, south St. Louis County
- Jeremiah Thomas Woodward, son of Julie Woodward of Medical Oncology and Neuro PCU, House Springs
- Kristiana Aubrey Miranda, daughter of Hazel Miranda of Medical Surgical Nursing Unit, south St. Louis County
- Journey Monet Burdell, daughter of Janis Burdell of Cardiovascular Care, Red Bud, Ill.
- Crizyll Krishna Torremoro, daughter of Wilfredo Almeria of Surgical Stepdown, south St. Louis County
- Yusuf Bekirov, son of Manzura Bekirova of Surgery, south St. Louis City
- Shane Bodimer, son of Marie Dilg of St. Anthony's Hyland Behavioral Health Intake, south St. Louis County
- Heshimu D. Wilson, son of Tameka Wilson of Non-Invasive Cardiology, Cahokia, Ill.
- Morgan Martin, daughter of Kathleen Martin of Heart Failure/STEMI Program, Imperial
- Noah Adam Bodimer, son of Marie Dilg of St. Anthony's Hyland Behaviaral Health Intake, south St. Louis County