Monday, August 21, 2017
by Kim Kitson
BJC | The BJC Learning Institute auditorium brimmed with promise, pride and gratitude as BJC HealthCare and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis honored the inaugural class of BJC Scholars at a luncheon and orientation July 19.
Twelve of the 14 scholarship recipients from throughout the region were on hand with family members and supporters to meet BJC and Foundation leadership and receive information about the scholarship award process. Two students from Columbia, Mo., were recognized in a separate event at Boone Hospital Center Aug. 7.
“There is a real correlation between higher education and better health,” said BJC CEO Steve Lipstein in his remarks to the group. “Statistics show that a college degree adds 10 years to your life. We want to make an investment in you — not just your education, but your health as well. By creating this new scholarship opportunity, BJC hopes to make an impact in helping you attain your educational goals and in creating new opportunities for a brighter and healthier future.”
BJC created the scholarship opportunity in response to regional community needs identified by the Ferguson Commission and For the Sake of All. Open to high school seniors planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at a public Missouri or Illinois state college or university in their state of residence, the BJC Scholars Fund offers need-based awards of $10,000 per academic year. The annually renewable scholarship can be applied toward tuition, fees, room and board, transportation and incidental costs.
“As the first class of scholars, you are the torch bearers of this program, lighting the way for those who come after you,” said Faith Sandler, executive director of The Scholarship Foundation. “We welcome you to the extended family of The Scholarship Foundation and to our tradition of success. We are proud of the successes of individuals and even more so of how each contributes to the success of the communities where we live and work and where your health care is provided.”
In addition to administering the BJC scholarship program, The Scholarship Foundation is supporting the awardees and their parents in taking full advantage of other state, federal and institutional funds to which students are entitled, to ensure that the BJC scholarship award completes the funding required for full year attendance. The foundation also provides ongoing support that includes advising, workshops, financial aid counseling, participation in paid internship programs and additional funding opportunities if relevant.
June Fowler, BJC senior vice president of communications, marketing and public affairs, encouraged the students to look around the room. “I had the very good fortune of finding people to help me along my journey,” she noted. “There are people in this room who are willing to help you along the way.”
‘Your education will never leave you’
BJC Scholars expressed excitement and gratitude about the scholarships that are helping them achieve their academic goals.
Kim Kitson, email@example.com
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8/21/2017 4:24 PM
How does one apply for these scholarships?
8/21/2017 4:35 PM
Thanks for asking. High school guidance counselors in the communities BJC serves should have or be able to get information on how to apply for these scholarships. You can also contact The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis for more information, or go to their website at www.sfstl.org.
8/21/2017 4:31 PM
How does one apply. does the scholar have to be in the medical field. what is the time frame of applying?
8/21/2017 4:42 PM
Thank you for asking. No, the scholar doesn't have to be planning to enter the medical field. Guidance counselors at high schools in the communities BJC serves should have or be able to get information on how to apply for the scholarships. You can also contact The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis or visit their website at www.sfstl.org.
8/23/2017 8:48 AM
Congratulations students! I wish you all continued success in your fields of study and your career paths.
8/23/2017 12:28 PM
Awesome job Congratulations!
8/23/2017 12:48 PM
This is a fantastic opportunity for so many young people who are about to embark on their college education. I am proud of BJC for doing something so needed in our communities. High five for whoever thought this one up.
8/24/2017 6:24 AM
Way to go BJC, thank you for allowing the children and scholars of the future a chance to go to college without having to worry so much about funding
8/28/2017 11:36 AM
BJC you're absolutely THE BEST! My Daughter graduated from MIZZOU in 2014, there she met President Liekweg and they talked, through that conversation his involvement in her employment here is one both she and I couldn't be more thankful for, the scholarship program wasn't available to her at the time, but I'm glad for the students that now have that advantage. BJC not only Makes Medicine Better, but they make Life Easier for their employees as well as the community.
9/8/2017 11:03 AM
Their stories are heart warming! Congratulations!
9/9/2017 10:50 AM
This is a great oprotunity for our young people in our commmunity and their parents it is a great since of relief of worrying about financing for tuition and room and board books and so forth i just had a grand daughter to graduate high school and is now attending( Missouri Western State University) she is a honor student GPA 3.8 this would have been a good scholarship for her to apply for but i had no knowledge of it is it too late for her to apply this is just her freshmen year 1st semister.