2014 scholarship recipients
Back row left to right: Jordan Smith, Stephen Wedekind, Jacob Smith, Noah Woodward and Daniel Ganter; Middle row left to right: Sarah Rose, Deanna Rush, Gabriel Gowen, Kristin Thompson and Daniel Heise; Front row left to right: Norbert Siegfried, former longtime Chairman of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors, Ema Mathai, Amina Mujabasic and Michael Rindler, St. Anthony’s Office of the President and CEO.
This fall, 15 students will be heading to college with the support of $120,000 in newly awarded scholarships, awarded by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. Among the new recipients is a family with three siblings who have all earned one of the scholarships.
“I have often said that the students who have been in this program now and in years past are the example of what young America should be and I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all,” said Norbert Siegfried, who founded the scholarship program, as he addressed the scholarship recipients. “And you are that way mostly because of your parents. You have a wonderful opportunity the next four years to charter a course for your life.”
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 with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, who is one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman. The St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships were awarded to four children of St. Anthony’s employees who earned exemplary grades. Students in both scholarship programs will receive support to pursue an undergraduate degree in any field of study.
“It is good sometimes to recognize the gifts that God has given you. It is good to count your blessings,” said Siegfried. “You have the ability to be outstanding or you wouldn’t be here, but now it’s up to hard work and attitude. Hard work will overcome almost any problem you face.”
Amelia Bond, President and CEO of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, reinforced that message to the students. “You were eligible to apply because your parents work at St. Anthony’s, but you earned it because of your academic record, your citizenship and your diligence in the application process.”
Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters
This year’s recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees are: Daniel Ganter of Oakville, Gabriel Gowen of South St. Louis County, Daniel Heise of Columbia, Ill., Ema Mathai of Ballwin, Sarah Rose of Affton, Deanna Rush of Columbia, Ill., Sarah Schraut of South St. Louis County, Jacob Smith of West St. Louis County, Colin Stevens of West St. Louis County, Stephen Wedekind of Shrewsbury, and Elizabeth Zmalia of Belleville, Ill.
Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships
This year’s recipients of the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships are: Jordan Smith of Southwest St. Louis County, Noah Woodward of House Springs, Mo., Kristin Thompson of Manchester, and Amina Mujabasic of Arnold.
Stephen Wedekind joins his sister, Elizabeth, and brother, Michael, as scholarship recipients in this program. All three students will be benefitting from the program in college this fall.
This is the ninth year St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation has provided funding for both scholarship programs. The Great Saint Louis Community Foundation accepted the applications, reviewed them and selected the recipients. During this upcoming school year, St. Anthony’s will be providing $527,000 in scholarships to 76 current students. The scholarship programs have now awarded more than $3.8 million to 228 students since the inception of the program, established in 2006. 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 Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation has been helping St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work addressing the issues more important to them in the communities they care about since 1915. It is a non-profit, charitable service provider supporting more than 400 charitable funds totaling $225 million in assets and distributing $20 million in grants annually. Each fund represents a unique charitable giving partnership with an area individual, family or business. More information on the Foundation is available at www.stlouisgives.org.
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