Students Awarded $115,000 in College Scholarships

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South St. Louis County, MO – Hard work and dedication are paying off for 15 students who have earned a total of $115,000 in college scholarships from the Boniface Foundation (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation) in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Another 45 students are eligible to renew their scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships support the student’s undergraduate degree in any field of study.

The recipients received the Norbert Siegfried Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Employees. In addition to being the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers, these students had to qualify academically, write strong essays, receive recommendations, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman.

“You have the whole world ahead of you, and you’re sitting in a position to give you a great advantage,” Norbert said. “Don’t take it for granted. Count your blessings every day: they are numerous.”

Norbert and K. Dane Brooksher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation,  discussed with the students their career plans and answered questions during the scholarship ceremony.

Mercy, in its affiliation with St. Anthony’s, wants to continue these scholarships,” Dane said. “That’s really great.”

The St. Louis Community Foundation administers the scholarship program.

“This is a unique program for us,” said Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships and Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We administer more than a million dollars in scholarships every year, but no other money goes to a program like we see here at St. Anthony’s.

“The support this program provides to St. Anthony’s families is inspiring, much like the achievements required of these students to earn these honors,” Amy added.

St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $5.3 million to 300 students since the program’s inception in 2006.

The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area.

This year’s recipients are:

St. Anthony’s is among the largest hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area, serving residents from nine Missouri and Illinois counties and the city of St. Louis. The Catholic, nonprofit medical center, located in south St. Louis County, operates a 767-bed comprehensive healthcare complex, a Level Two Trauma Center, and a Level One Stroke Center, as well as four urgent care facilities. For more information on St. Anthony’s and its commitment to the community’s health, visit stanthonysmedcenter.com.

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

Students Awarded $151,000 in College Scholarships

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Release Date: 07/14/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

Hard work and dedication are paying off for 20 students who have earned college scholarships from the Boniface Foundation (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation) in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation.

The Boniface Foundation awarded $151,000 in new scholarships through two programs to 20 students who are the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers. Another 40 students are eligible to renew their scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships may be applied for an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

Of the 20 recipients, 16 of them received Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees. In addition to being the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers, these students had to qualify academically, write strong essays, receive recommendations, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman.

The four other recipients received Boniface Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships. These children of St. Anthony’s co-workers have exemplary academic records and demonstrate St. Anthony’s values of excellence through teamwork and mutual respect, as well as compassion and respect for all persons.

“You put in the effort to get where you are today, and you did it by taking advantage of the support you received from great people like your parents,” said Siegfried. “Your journey continues with another level of support. Keep up the hard work. Keep putting in the time and effort it takes to succeed. Keep reaching for new goals.”

The St. Louis Community Foundation administers the scholarship program.

“This is a unique program for us,” said Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships and Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We administer more than a million dollars in scholarships every year, but no other money goes to a program like we see here at St. Anthony’s.”

“The support this program provides to St. Anthony’s families is inspiring, much like the achievements required of these students to earn these honors,” said Murphy.

St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $5 million to 285 students since the program’s inception in 2006.

This year’s recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees are: Caleb Burlison from near Fenton, Alyson Cornett from near Cedar Hill, Emily Eckert from Columbia, Ill., Alison Gawedzinski from near Manchester, Belmin Husic from south St. Louis County, Madison Johnson from Collinsville, Ill., Anna Lang from Oakville, Thomas McKenzie from near Festus, Amy O’Neal from south St. Louis County, Alexis Patrick from Green Park, Danielle Scherrer from south St. Louis County, Sarah Scherrer from south St. Louis County, Emily Schraut from south St. Louis County, Emily Shirrell from near High Ridge, Taylor Vaughan from Dupo, Ill., and Meredith Wernig from near Imperial.

This year’s recipients of the Boniface Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships are: Andrew Finer from Des Peres, Jacob Lear from near Arnold, Hitesh Rai from near Ballwin, and Connor Stierwalt from Waterloo, Ill.

The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area

Renamed Boniface Foundation donates $15 million

As St. Anthony’s begins a new era of caring for the south St. Louis County community by affiliating with Mercy, the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation is working to expand its involvement with a new name and a significant contribution of $15 million.

The foundation is now called the Boniface Foundation. The foundation’s first act under its new name is to donate $15 million for the benefit of St. Anthony’s.

“It is only fitting that we draw on the history of St. Anthony’s to rename the foundation and to make our first contribution to commemorate the affiliation,” said Winthrop Reed III, chairman of the newly formed Boniface Foundation Board of Directors.

The Boniface name is a tribute to the history of medical care provided to the St. Louis community by the Franciscan Sisters of Germany. The first hospital operated by the sisters was St. Boniface Hospital in south St. Louis, which was named for the parish that brought the sisters over from Germany. The Franciscan Sisters operated St. Boniface from 1873-77, followed by Pius Hospital, little St. Anthony’s Hospital and old St. Anthony’s Hospital, all in south city. After the order relinquished control of the hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center was built in south St. Louis County and opened in 1975. The foundation was established in 1999.

“St. Anthony’s, like Mercy, has a heritage of sisters who gave their lives to the service of others,” said Mike McCurry, newly appointed president of St. Anthony’s, as well as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mercy. “This new name of the foundation honors that heritage, and this donation will provide increased access and more services to the community of south St. Louis County. Hand in hand with St. Anthony’s, we will provide exceptional care because we are called to serve.”