Ava's Grace Scholarship

The Ava’s Grace Scholarship provides grants of $5,000 to students who have experienced parental incarceration. These grants are renewable through graduation or a maximum of 8 semesters. Students who live anywhere in Missouri or in the Illinois counties that comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a parent who is or has been incarcerated in a U.S. penitentiary (state or federal)
  • Be a permanent resident of Missouri, or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair for at least two years prior to the date of the application
  • Demonstrate significant financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or similar need calculations. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) over $15,000 must have significant and extenuating circumstances to be considered.
  • Have achieved a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average
  • Plan to attend an accredited, nonprofit college or university
  • Be seeking a first technical, first associate, or first bachelor’s degree

The Ava’s Grace Scholarship is administered by The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. To be considered, completed applications and all required supporting documents must be submitted by April 15. Awards will be announced in June.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
6825 Clayton Ave, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 725-7990

Ava's Grace Scholarship Program
$5,000 renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have an incarcerated parent or have been previously impacted by parental incarceration. Does this describe you?
  2. If so, during what time in your life did the incarceration occur? Please also include any additional details you would like to share.
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