Edgar Schmidt had a lifelong career in education and believed strongly in the importance of education from pre-kindergarten to post-high school. He taught high school mathematics and science in suburban St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Kenya in East Africa. Following retirement from full-time teaching, he worked with elementary teachers in East St. Louis and Chicago in efforts to improve the quality of science and math instruction in grade schools.
Mr. Schmidt was a long-time resident of Richmond Heights and believed strongly in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District’s efforts to provide the best education possible for its young people. He felt education is an important key to opening up opportunities in one’s life. His vision in creating the Skimiti Scholarship was to give young men who have been residents of Joe’s Place an opportunity to continue their formal education beyond high school.