Curt Smith Sporting Goods Scholarship

The Curt Smith Sporting Goods Scholarship program will annually award renewable scholarships to one or more academically qualified high school seniors from the St. Louis Metropolitan area (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) who demonstrate unmet financial need as an undergraduate at an accredited post-secondary community college, two- or four-year college or university, or certificate, trade or technical school in the United States on a full-time basis.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be a graduating high school senior
  • have played high school sports in the eligible geographic area
  • be academically qualified
  • demonstrate unmet financial need at the college or university the student will attend

Evaluation and Selection
The St. Louis Community Foundation is responsible for evaluating, selecting, and determining the award amount.

Selection will be based on the student’s academic record, participation in high school sports, the quality of the essay and letter(s) of recommendation, and the 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 awarded or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account.

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. Please note that because the award amounts are based on available funding and financial need that can change from year to year, the amount of this scholarship award may change if a recipient applies for renewal awards in years to come.

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.

$1,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. Before you begin this application, please take a minute to read through the scholarship details. This will allow you to see all the eligibility requirements. Click on the scholarship name that is underlined and in blue ink in the upper left-hand corner to see the details. Check here to indicate you have reviewed the eligibility criteria.
  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. To be eligible for the "Curt Smith Sporting Goods Scholarship" applicants must have played high school sports. Does this describe you?
  4. List the sports you participated in during high school.
    • 1.Sport
    • 2.Year
    • 3.Position
    • 4.Awards or Recognition
  5. ESSAY: In 500 words or less, how has your participation in high school sports prepared you for future success?
  6. Upload your FAFSA Submission Summary for next year.
  7. Enter your Student Aid Index that is on your FAFSA Submission Summary.
  8. UPLOAD: Please upload next year's Financial Aid Award Letter from the college you will attend. This document will be required before an award can be determined and should include: college name, applicant name, loans, grants and scholarships offered.
  9. What school issued the award letter that you uploaded?
  10. Upload documentation from the school you plan to attend that shows your total cost of attendance.
  11. List the names of any siblings, their age(s), and what school(s) they are attending (if any).
  12. Where will you live during the academic year for which you are applying?
  13. If you wish to inform the reviewers of any unusual financial circumstances, including costs associated with your education or educational loans already incurred for or by you, please provide here. Please note that tax forms, W-2s or other documentation may be requested to verify information on the FAFSA Submission Summary.
  14. SCHOLARSHIP CENTRAL RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and e-mail address of an instructor, counselor, advisor, supervisor or other similarly qualified individual who will submit a recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
  15. CURT SMITH SPORTING GOODS SCHOLARSHIP RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and e-mail address of a COACH or other similarly qualified individual who will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
  16. SIGNATURE: By entering my full name below, I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and I authorize the St. Louis Community Foundation and its agents to examine, verify and discuss my academic records and other information that applies to the consideration of this application. My signature also signifies that, if awarded, I understand that it is my responsibility to inform the St. Louis Community Foundation of any changes to my college plans and that I understand that some portion of scholarship awards I receive from any source may be considered taxable income if the total amount exceeds the cost of tuition and course related fees, supplies and equipment.
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