William C. and Bertha Black Rhoda Scholarship

To honor graduates of Vashon High School, the William C. and Bertha Black Rhoda Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 from the estate of William Clarence Rhoda in memory of his wife, Bertha Black Rhoda. In his will, William Rhoda indicated that the scholarships were to be used for the “higher education of negro men and women who reside in the St. Louis Metropolitan area who would otherwise be unable to obtain the benefit of such education in colleges and professional schools located in the United States…graduates of Vashon High School shall receive special consideration for scholarships. In selecting scholars, the St. Louis Community Foundation shall consider the character and ambition of such negro applicants who need not necessarily be in the upper third of their class scholastically. If the recipient remains in good academic standing in college, the grant may be renewed for subsequent years including graduate school as the St. Louis Community Foundation determines.”

The amount of this scholarship varies from year to year and is renewable if the student remains enrolled full time and makes satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Students must be

  1. residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area
  2. African-American
  3. graduating senior in high school
  4. able to demonstrate unmet financial need while enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. college or university
    Graduates of Vashon High School will be given special consideration.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • character and ambition as demonstrated on the application and from letters of recommendation
  • academic preparation as demonstrated on the cumulative high school transcript
  • unmet financial need at the college in which the student enrolls. FAFSA SAR and financial aid award letter required.

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 offered or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account. Funds will be mailed to the recipients’ schools in August.

Questions? Contact Ellen Vietor, Scholarship Manager at the 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.

William C. and Bertha Black Rhoda
$2,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative 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 on the General Application 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. ESSAY: Write an essay that explains why you chose this field of study and what your plans are when you complete your degree. Share your goals and vision for your career in this field.
  4. Upload your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for next year.
  5. Enter your EFC that is on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
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