This fall, 21 students will head to college with the support of $133,000 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 18 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 three children of St. Anthony’s employees who earned exemplary academic records and demonstrate 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. The St. Louis Community Foundation provides administrative support for the scholarship program.
“We administer more than $1.2 million in scholarship programs every year,” Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships & Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation, told the students at an awards reception. “There is no one else in the St. Louis region as generous or as forward-thinking as St. Anthony’s.” Since the program began in 2006, St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $4.5 million to 265 students. “Your parents work here: that made you eligible to apply,” Murphy said. “But you earned these, based on your academic record, your citizenship and the strong recommendations of your teachers and others. The St. Louis Community Foundation joins St. Anthony’s in believing in you and in your future.”
Norbert Siegfried, who founded the scholarship program, urged the students to pursue a career path suited to their interests and talents. He observed that this is the largest group of St. Anthony’s scholarship recipients to date, and he praised the students for the array of interests they represent. “Nobody is in a greater position for success than you are, this day,” Siegfried told the scholars. “Take advantage of it.”
This year’s recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees are: John Coleman of Hillsboro, Brandon Conger of Maplewood, Michael Cule of South St. Louis County, Claire Ford of South St. Louis County, Margaret Hood of Crestwood, Andrea Huelsing of South St. Louis, Megan Huelsing of South St. Louis, Devin Jost of South St. Louis County, Jennie Lupo of South St. Louis County, Caleb Martin of Union, Brian Middleton of Desloge, Elijah Miranda of South St. Louis County, Abigail Nelson of South St. Louis County, Shruti Rai of Ballwin, Lucas Summers of Arnold, Claire Wernig of Imperial, Noah Woodward of House Springs, and Grace Woodward of House Springs. This year’s recipients of the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships are: Olivia Bievenue of Red Bud, Ill., Shane Bodimer of South St. Louis County, and Blake Schobert of Collinsville, Ill. The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients.
In addition to the new scholarship recipients, 39 current students will receive $292,000 in scholarships during the 2016-17 school year, provided all those students renew their scholarships and remain at the same funding level as last year. 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.