- Active in a 12-step recovery program for alcohol or substance abuse
- Minimum of one year (12 consecutive months) of recovery by the April 1 application deadline
- Have a sponsor who will submit a letter of recommendation
- Attend meetings, have a home group, and do service work
- Demonstrate financial responsibility
- Have a financial need
- Gainfully employed at least part-time
- Can provide proof of employment
- Have made financial restitution for any past debts or be in the process of doing so
- Be enrolled in an academic program or have a plan for the type of academic program you wish to enroll in
- Academic programs funded include: Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree, graduate and Ph.D. programs, vocational school, technical school, certifications, and licensures
- Academic programs must be at an reputable educational institution
- Live in the St. Louis metropolitan bi-state region
- Counties served are St. Louis (city and county), St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, St. Francois, and Ste. Genevieve counties in Missouri, and Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Montgomery, Bond, Clinton, Jersey, Green, Macoupin, and Calhoun counties in Illinois.
- You may attend a school outside of the St. Louis area, as long as St. Louis is your permanent residence.
- View a map of the counties we serve here.
READY TO APPLY?
If you meet all of the requirements above, you’re ready to apply for a scholarship!
IMPORTANT! You must apply by April 1 – no late applications are accepted.
Each step of the scholarship process is detailed below. Please familiarize yourself with the process and deadlines.
1. Submit Application
- Fill out the scholarship application online by April 1. Applications take about 30 minutes to complete.
- Submit proof of employment by uploading a recent check stub, hire letter, or another form of employment verification.
- You are required to submit a letter of recommendation from your sponsor. The letter should provide the length of sponsorship time and why your sponsor thinks you are a good candidate for the scholarship. You can submit your application before you have your sponsor letter.
- All applicants must submit a current photo to verify their identity during interviews.
NOTE: Proof of employment, sponsor letter, and photo can be uploaded in the online application or emailed here.
2. APPLICATION REVIEW
- After you submit your application, it will be reviewed for eligibility by the Scholarship Committee within 48 hours of submission.
- You will receive an email to notify you of your status to advance to the next stage of the process.
- If you are missing parts of your application or if we need additional information, you will have until April 1 to submit those items.
Please make sure you add [email protected] to your contact list. All communications will come via this email.
- If you qualified for an interview, you will receive an email and text on April 4 to sign up for a 20-minute interview time slot.
- Interviews are conducted via Zoom with two members of our board.
- Interview dates and times will be communicated in your advancement email, but generally occur during the third week of April.
The interview helps further determine eligibility, financial need, and gives us a chance to get to know you better.
- Scholarship decisions will be made by May 1. You will receive an email and a letter in the mail with the amount of your scholarship award, should you be awarded one.
- The scholarship funding will apply to the academic year beginning in the Summer. Funding does not roll over to the next year.
- The final scholarship award amount is determined by the Scholarship Committee and will vary by individual.
- Funds are distributed directly to the educational institution and can be used for books or tuition. No funds will be paid directly to the recipient.
- The average scholarship award is $2800.
- All recipients must agree to the terms of the scholarship, which can be reviewed here.