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STLCC Graduates Receive Significant Scholarship Dollars to Continue Their Education

May 14, 2014

Ndiaye and Mason  
El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, left, and Michael Mason both have received full scholarships to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Each year, St. Louis Community College’s graduating class ranks among the area’s largest, and students earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to continue their education at colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country.

Many of these students have started their education later in life, juggling family obligations, work and school. Others are the first in their families to complete a college degree. Some come from around the globe. For them, St. Louis Community College provided the support they needed to help them succeed and, in many instances, pursue other goals.

STLCC’s affordability compared to other colleges also was instrumental in helping them start their higher education journey to a bachelor’s degree. Many students don’t have the financial resources to attend a university for all four years. For example, full-time undergraduate tuition to Washington University is more than $44,000 per year. Full-time undergraduate tuition and fees to the University of Missouri-St. Louis are just under $10,000 annually.

Here are just a few examples from this year’s STLCC graduating class who have earned scholarships to achieve their educational goals:

  • Michael Mason, who hopes to serve elderly and homeless populations who struggle with mental health issues, was named a Gold Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for being among the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members in the country. He was named to the All-Missouri Academic Team by the Missouri Community College Association, an honor bestowed on the state’s top community college students. He received a full tuition scholarship to UMSL and more than $4,000 in other awards. He will attend the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study psychology.
  • Jenna Freund was named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. The program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. It is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with support from the American Association of Community Colleges. Each winner receives a $2,500 scholarship. She will attend UMSL in the fall on a full scholarship and plans to become a pediatrician.
  • El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, who completed his associate degree in computer science, earned All-Missouri Academic Team honors from Missouri Community College Association. A native of Senegal, West Africa, Ndiaye has been in the United States for about two-and-a-half years. He also received a full tuition scholarship to UMSL. He serves as president of the Forest Park chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society that recognizes academic achievement of two-year college students. He is in the Honors program, is a peer mentor for the African-American Male Initiative, is a tutor in the Academic Support Center, and an active member in the Forest Park International Club.
  • Rachel Zink, STLCC’s student speaker at this year’s commencement, earned her associate degree in general transfer studies. She has received a full scholarship to Washington University. An Honors program scholar, Zink received the 2014 President’s Merit Award and has appeared on the Dean’s List for five semesters. She also received a 2013 Student Leadership Award from the Missouri Community College Association.
  • Bianca Fountain has been awarded the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship. The Danforth Scholarship is a two-year, full-tuition award annually presented to students graduating from St. Louis Community College and transferring to Washington University.
  • Evan Smith, who is graduating with an associate degree in fine art, will transfer to Webster University to complete a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art. Smith, who earned a 4.0 GPA, will receive $11,500 per year at Webster, plus $1,000 a year from Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Denise Deavenport earned her associate degree in nursing. She received a full scholarship to UMSL and will enroll in the nursing bachelor’s degree program.
  • Sherry Story graduated from STLCC in fall 2013 and earned an UMSL President’s Scholarship. She is using her full scholarship to study art.
  • Marjorie Bax has earned both the UMSL Chancellor’s and UMSL President’s Scholarships.
  • Amber Dunn, a dental assisting student, received a $600 scholarship from the Missouri Dental Assistants Association, the first scholarship awarded to an STLCC student. Dunn received a certificate of proficiency in dental assisting.
  • Rodney Freeman is the first recipient of the Radiologic Technology Endowed Scholarship, worth $500. Freeman will graduate in July 11. He plans to eventually become a radiologic therapist and currently is a student technician at Barnes Hospital West.