Girls, Inc. Betty Sims Wow Award! Scholarship

The Girls, Inc. Betty Sims Scholarship Fund will annually award a new renewable Wow Award! scholarships to students graduating, or who have recently graduated from high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The applicants must have been active participants in good standing in the Girls Incorporated St. Louis program for at least two years and demonstrate unmet financial need at the two or four year college or university she attends in the United States. Recipients may be considered for renewal for up to three additional undergraduate years if a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner and academic and financial eligibility criteria continue to be met.

To be eligible, the applicant must

  • be a current participant in Girls Incorporated of St. Louis programming, in good standing, and have participated at least two years
  • be graduating or a recent graduate of a St. Louis area high school with a 3.0 or above GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • plan to enroll full time in an accredited, nonprofit post-secondary two-year or four-year college, university or technical school in the United States of America
  • demonstrate unmet financial need

Evaluation and Selection
Selection will be based on the student’s academic record, contributions to the communities in which the student lives, the quality of the essay and letter(s) of recommendation, and consideration of unusual circumstances. 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. Award checks will be mailed in early August to the college the recipient will attend. Information about renewal will come from the St. Louis Community Foundation.

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

up to $2,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. The Girls, Inc. Betty Sims Wow Award! is for participants in the Girls Incorporated St. Louis program who have been active in the organization for at least two years. Does this describe you?
  2. 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.
  3. List any extracurricular activities, work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  4. ESSAY: In less than 500 words discuss what the "Wow Factor" means to you; how Girls Inc. has helped you to be strong, smart and bold; and how college will help to further develop these qualities.
  5. UPLOAD: Upload your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for next year.
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