Fresh Start Scholarship

The Fresh Start Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to Saint Louis City and County applicants between the ages of 17 and 29 who take a nontraditional route to post-secondary education by receiving their high school equivalency credential (Hi-SET) or general education development certificate (GED). Two scholarships up to $7,500 will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate unmet financial need as undergraduate, part-time or full-time students at an accredited two-year nonprofit community or technical college in St. Louis, Missouri. Recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate unmet financial need may submit a renewal application by the July 1 deadline.

To be eligible, the applicants must:

  • Successfully pass the Hi-SET (with a minimum score of 65 out of 100) or
  • successfully pass the GED exam (with a minimum score of 165 out of 200);
  • plan to enroll at a nonprofit, accredited post-secondary program leading to an associate degree, technical degree, or certificate;
  • demonstrate unmet financial need; and
  • be a Saint Louis city or county resident between the ages of 17 and 29 years.

Selection will be based on meeting all eligibility requirements, the strength of essays, recommendation, and assessed unmet financial need. *Preference will be given to first-generation college students for whom neither parent has received a 4 year bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements, are making satisfactory progress toward degree or certificate program completion, and demonstrate financial need may apply for renewal by submitting a renewal application by the July 1 deadline. Recipients are eligible to receive up to $7,500 annually for a total maximum award of $15,000.

Contact Tameka Herrion, Scholarship Manager at the St. Louis Community Foundation at or 314-880-4960.

Eligibility, financial need, and award amount for this scholarship program will be determined by the St. Louis Community Foundation . This scholarship program, as component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.

Susan Primm Thel
Supplemental Questions
  1. Provide your student identification number at the school you will attend.
  2. This scholarship is designed to provide support to students who have passed the Hi-SET or received their GED. Does this describe you?
  3. UPLOAD: Please upload a copy of your Hi-SET or GED scores.
  4. UPLOAD: Upload your current FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
  5. UPLOAD: Please upload your Financial Aid Award Letter from the college you will attend. This document will be required before an award can be determined and should include: college name, applicant name, loans, grants and scholarships offered.
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