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STLCC Wins Scholarship Grant from Goldman Sachs Gives

April 26, 2016

Goldman Sachs Gives  

Soon more students in north St. Louis County and the St. Louis City will be able to earn college credit, free of charge, while attending high school.

The St. Louis Community College Foundation has been selected to receive a $250,000 challenge grant from Goldman Sachs Gives to provide scholarships for area high school students to attend St. Louis Community College through dual enrollment programs at its Forest Park and Florissant Valley campuses.

Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges, announced that STLCC was one of only nine community colleges nationwide selected to receive grants from the Goldman Sachs Gives Community College Fund.

As part of the grant process, the STLCC Foundation will match the challenge grant one-to-one to build an endowment totaling $500,000. This scholarship fund will pay for tuition, books and even transportation costs as part of a partnership with City and North County School Districts.

"The St. Louis Community College Foundation is committed to providing more educational opportunities to young people in the St. Louis region," said Jo-Ann Digman, the foundation’s executive director. "St. Louis Community College’s dual enrollment program, thanks to the Goldman Sachs Gives grant and our generous donors, will allow us to deliver high-quality college courses to area high school students."

According to Goldman Sachs, STLCC and the other selected community colleges "have demonstrated a record of successful partnership-building, exemplary leadership and a commitment to ensuring that students from all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels have access to educational opportunities through a robust financial aid program."

The endowment is an example of STLCC’s recent partnerships and programs with area high schools, businesses and other educational institutions to help provide stronger educational and job training opportunities to area residents.

"Affordable and accessible higher education is one of the most important steps to becoming a more equitable St. Louis region," said Jeff Pittman, STLCC chancellor. "St. Louis Community College is committed giving more students an opportunity to earn college credit, enjoy campus life and work toward their future – without strapping them with student debt."