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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.