Scholarship Breakfast Celebrates Donor Impact on Students’ Lives – UMSL Daily

College of Education graduate Meredith Alton speaks at the Scholarship Breakfast

College of Education graduate Meredith Alton shares the impact the scholarships have had on her experience at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Friday during the annual Scholarship Breakfast at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. (Photos by August Jennewein)

Members of University of Missouri – St. Louis community gathered in its lobby Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center Friday morning for the annual Scholarship Breakfast.

The event served as an opportunity to recognize and express gratitude for scholarship donors’ contributions in the mission of the university.

Members of the public at the Scholarship Breakfast

Chancellor Kristin Sobolik sits in public listening to one of the speakers at the annual Scholarship Breakfast.

“The people who help us change lives are the people who are sitting here in this room today.” Chancellor Kristin Sobolik he said during brief remarks. “When we take a look at this transformation, it is also about being able to afford this high quality education. We keep our costs low here, and in fact, we recognize the graduates of St. Louis as one of the only universities in Missouri that really reduces student loan debt upon graduation. And do you know how we can do that? Your hard work and support. So everyone sitting here is part of this transformational change for all of our students. You help us in our work to change lives. “You help each of these individual students realize success for themselves and their families and this area and beyond, so thank you for that.”
Sobolik shared her experience as a student with the Pell Grant from Charles City, Iowa, seeking some extra financial support to become the first member of her family to receive a college education. He found it in the form of the Kate McLeod Scholarship – he became one of dozens of Charles City students who have benefited from McLeod’s generosity over the years. He helped her enroll in the University of Iowa.

“I did not necessarily know what I was going to do there,” Sobolik said. “Who knew I would become an archaeologist, which of course is always quick to become a chancellor. But here I am because of you, Kate. “Our students here are thanks to you for helping them get where they want to go.”

Head of Public Policy Bella DeArmitt speaks at the Scholarship Breakfast

The head of Public Policy Administration, Bella DeArmitt, said the scholarship support will help her get rid of the graduate debt in December.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from some of these scholarship recipients – public policy administration Major Bella DeArmitt and Meredith Alton, a December graduate College of Education now teaches English at Normandy High School and is preparing to start working on her master’s degree – on what they have achieved and where they are headed due to scholarship support.

Alton returned to school to earn her degree and continue her passion as a teacher after more than a decade away from work in various service industries and starting a family. He was annoyed by the role that UMSL played in making this possible.

“I wish I could name any teacher who had a positive impact on my UMSL experience, but I was told I had 3 to 5 minutes,” Alton said. “It certainly says a lot about UMSL. I sincerely believe that UMSL is a hidden gem in higher education. UMSL offers great opportunities for students who want to make the most of their experience, including how to access scholarships. I have been extremely fortunate to have received numerous scholarships all my years at UMSL, for which I am particularly grateful now that student loans are coming. “I was very impressed by the variety of scholarship opportunities offered by UMSL from a generous group of donors.”

DeArmitt, like Alton Pierre Laclede Honors Collegeshe was able to find time to get involved on campus and in the community, including serving as a Newman Civic Fellow, due to scholarships that meant she did not have to work.

Scholar Tom Hoerr speaks at the Scholarship Breakfast

Tom Hoerr, a scholarship donor and fellow at the College of Education, discusses his experience in teaching aspiring school principals at UMSL.

“I am extremely grateful for the financial support I was able to receive,” said DeArmitt. “It’s your responsibility. I was hoping to graduate without debt, and when I graduate in December that will be my reality. “As I enter the local St. Louis nonprofit industry, the confidence I have in myself will be due to the people in this room.”

Friday’s event also recognized Tom and Karleen Hoerr and their support for the students by funding the Scholarships by Helen Ogle Schmitt and Rita Hoerr Curtis, named in honor of each of their mothers. The scholarship benefits students from the College of Education, where both Tom and Carlin graduated, and where Tom has served as a fellow at his residence since retiring as headmaster. New Town School.

Tom Herrmore than most donors, he has seen the reward from his generosity as he teaches aspiring school principals and administrators in his current role at UMSL.

“When I look at the kids in my class at UMSL, I feel very good about the future,” Hoerr said. “Because I know we are preparing these kids to go out and make this community, this country, this world a better place.”

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