This fall, 15 students will head to college with the support of $114,000 in scholarships, newly awarded by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation.
St. Anthony’s Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees were awarded to 11 children of St. Anthony’s employees who are academically qualified, wrote strong essays, received 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. St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships were awarded to four children of St. Anthony’s employees who earned exemplary academic records and demonstrate the St. Anthony’s values of excellence through teamwork and mutual respect, as well as compassion and respect for all persons. Students in both scholarship programs will receive support to pursue an undergraduate degree in any field of study.
“Our partnership with St. Anthony’s is not a new thing; we support more than 500 charitable funds totaling $320 million in assets and distribute more than $20 million in grants annually,” Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships & Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation, told the students at an awards reception June 25. “And I have to tell you St. Anthony’s is the most generous employer in the region. And you all are a part of this.”
The St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have now awarded more than $4.1 million to 243 students since the program began in 2006.
“National statistics indicate that only 30 percent of those who start college will finish,” Murphy said. “In this program it’s been over 80 percent, so you’re starting your path with great distinction behind you.”
Norbert Siegfried, who founded the scholarship program, urged the students to work hard on a career path suited to their interests and talents.
“If you take advantage of your youth, you’re going to really get a jump start,” Siegfried said. “One of the keys to success is to be positive. People like to be around positive, happy people.”
This year’s recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees are: Madison Behnen of South St. Louis County, Armin Cejvanovic of South St. Louis County, Olivia Clements of East Carondelet, Ill., Ramon Doromal of South St. Louis County, Thomas Hoerner of Manchester, Daniel Kelly of South St. Louis, Brian O’Neal of South St. Louis County, Eric O’Neal of South St. Louis County, Bradley Purdom of Arnold, Brandy Sikorski of South St. Louis County, and Savanna Wagaman of High Ridge.
This year’s recipients of the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships are: Megan Behrle of St. Charles, Kyle Denk of Fenton, Alyssa Labonte of Mount Olive, Ill., and Chelsea Murray of Columbia, Ill.
The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. During the 2015-16 school year, St. Anthony’s will provide $400,000 in scholarships to 58 current students.
The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the sons and daughters of St. Anthony’s employees 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.
The St. Louis Community Foundation has helped St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work addressing the issues most important to them in the communities they care about since 1915. The nonprofit, charitable service provider supports more than 500 charitable funds, each representing a unique charitable giving partnership with an individual, family or business. For more information, visit stlgives.org.