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Scholarships for College-Bound Students

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The Special Education Foundation's primary objective is to assist students with disabilities in achieving success through avenues not funded by taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to provide the essential tools and opportunities necessary for their success.

In 2016, the foundation established the John Cary Scholarship program in memory of the late superintendent of the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD). This scholarship honors his commitment to excellence and steadfast support for students with disabilities.

SEF awards five $5,000 college scholarships each year to selected students pursuing post-secondary education. Recipients are thoughtfully selected based on qualities valued by John Cary, such as resiliency, courage, and determination. The scholarship committee assesses candidates for future success, considering their academic achievements, leadership skills, community volunteerism, as well as accomplishments in athletics and/or the arts.

High School seniors, served by SSD, can submit their applications for the John Cary Scholarship through January 26, 2024.

Upon receiving a student's application, SEF will reach out to the student's SSD teacher for the completion of the Teacher nomination application on the SEF website, along with two letters of recommendation.

Discover more details about the John Cary Scholarship program and the criteria to apply.