Rio Vista Scholarship

Up to ten Rio Vista Scholarships are awarded to students graduating high schools in the St. Louis Public School District or charter schools, Jennings High School, or Riverview Gardens High School who demonstrate strength of character and an attitude that will lead to success. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and enroll full-time at a Missouri nonprofit two-year or four-year college, university or technical college.
• Resident of St. Louis City or County
• Graduating senior from a St. Louis Public School, a charter school within the City of St. Louis, Jennings High School, or Riverview Gardens High School
• College preparatory academic record and potential for success
• Demonstrated financial need at an eligible college or university
• Full-time enrollment at a Missouri nonprofit two-year or four-year college, university or technical college.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of
• student’s extracurricular involvement, including work, that demonstrates responsibility and/or leadership
• essays that demonstrate strength of character and an attitude that will lead to success
• two letters of reference—one from a teacher, one from a supervisor or another teacher
• transcript and standardized test results that demonstrate past success and potential for future success

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

Financial need will be evaluated based on information provided by the student, family and college:
• Application
FAFSA Student Aid Report
• Financial Aid award letter from the college the student will attend.

Renewal: 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 demonstrate financial need.

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.

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 a 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, or physical or mental disability.

Rio Vista donors
$5,000, 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: 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)
  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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