JMS Charitable Foundation

The JMS Charitable Foundation Fund will award up to five scholarships to St. Louis area (Missouri and Illinois counties) students. Applicants may be graduating high school seniors, students who have earned a high school equivalency degree, current college students or adult learners. Preference will be given to students who were in foster care when in high school, are currently in foster care, or have aged out of the foster care system.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be enrolling full time or part time in an accredited, nonprofit, public, technical/trade school, two-year college, or four-year college/university in the United States.
  • be pursuing their first undergraduate degree or certificate.
  • be a resident of one of the Missouri or Illinois counties that comprise the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. This includes the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Jefferson and the City of St. Louis, and the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Monroe, and Macoupin.
  • demonstrate unmet financial need as determined by standard methods of need analysis in practice at the time of selection. In general, unmet financial need will be defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and the sum of the student’s grant aid from other sources plus the family’s expected contribution (as determined by the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • essays that articulate academic and career goals and what they have done to prepare themselves to achieve those goals.
  • transcript that demonstrate pasts success and potential degree completion.
  • extracurricular and community involvement, including work experience.
  • financial need.

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

Recipients may reapply for award consideration for a maximum of four years of undergraduate funding provided they continue to make satisfactory progress toward a degree and continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

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

Questions? Contact Ellen Vietor, Scholarship Manager at the St. Louis Community Foundation, 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.

JMS Charitable Foundation
$2,500 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 school activities, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  3. List any work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  4. List any community activities, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  5. ESSAY: Tell us about your gifts and talents and how education will help you further develop those gifts and talents. How will you use your gifts and talents to make a difference in your career? This essay is your opportunity to tell the scholarship application review committee about yourself. (500 words or less)
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