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Applications Accepted for College Tuition Support

 Toshiko Graham - Christopher Davis Scholarship Recipient

The primary goal of the Special Education Foundation is to support students with disabilities in achieving success through means not funded by taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to furnish the necessary tools and opportunities for their success.

In 2016, the foundation introduced the John Cary Scholarship in honor of the late superintendent of the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD). This scholarship pays tribute to his dedication to excellence and unwavering support for students with disabilities.

Each year, SEF grants five $5,000 college scholarships to deserving students embarking on post-secondary education. Recipients are carefully chosen based on qualities highly esteemed by John Cary, including resiliency, courage, and determination. The scholarship committee evaluates candidates for future success by assessing their academic achievements, leadership skills, community volunteer activities, as well as their accomplishments in athletics and/or the arts.

Toshiko Graham of Ritenour High School received a scholarship last year. She is currently attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, pursuing a Veterinarian degree:

“College has been going well for me this year,” says Toshiko. “I am learning a lot and my classes have been very helpful to help me become a veterinarian. I am taking intro Biology classes and look forward to working with animals soon.

My experience with SEF’s scholarship application process was good. Put your heart out there and share what you want to do with your life and in your career.”

Applications for the John Cary Scholarship are being accepted through January 26, 2024.

High school seniors can apply now.

Once a student application is received, SEF contacts the student’s SSD teacher to complete the Teacher nomination application on the SEF website and submit a letter of recommendation.

Learn more about the John Cary Scholarship and to apply.