William J. Beatty Scholarship

The William J. Beatty Scholarship “shall be awarded to students or graduates of Sumner High School for the purpose of pursuing college or university work…. it being my wish that the scholarship go to a different person…of African descent… each year.”


  1. graduating senior or graduate of Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  2. African American
  3. currently enrolled or planning to enroll full time in an accredited U.S. college or university

The scholarship will be evaluated on the basis of the student’s

  • past academic performance and promise for success in college,
  • the quality of the essay, and
  • the strength of the recommendations.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer all questions that apply to you, even if they are not marked “required."

Application status will be changed from submitted to either awarded or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account.

Questions? Contact Ellen Vietor, Scholarship Manager at St. Louis Community Foundation at scholarships@stlgives.org 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.

$500 to $1,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your last semester (Fall) transcript and GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that as well.
  2. List any extracurricular activities, work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  3. Write an essay that that provides us with an understanding of how you have demonstrated an exemplary record of hard work, diligence, persistence, and ambition to succeed.
  4. Where will you live during the academic year for which you are applying?
  5. SCHOLARSHIP CENTRAL RECOMMENDATION: If you filled out the recommendation question on your General Application, please select it from the drop down below. If you did NOT complete the recommendation on your General Application, enter the name and e-mail address of an instructor, counselor, advisor, supervisor or other similarly qualified individual who will submit a recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
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