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Scholarship Recipient Reflects on her Freshman Year

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Constance Anthony, a former student from Hazelwood Central High School and Fashion Design program at North Technical High School was a 2023 recipient of the John Cary Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship was awarded to her and she’s just completed her Freshman year at Lindenwood University.

“This scholarship has been instrumental in my pursuit of higher education, allowing me to focus more on my studies and less on financial constraints. It has allowed me to complete my freshman year of college with a 3.9 GPA, become more involved on campus, and take advantage of several beneficial opportunities that Lindenwood University has provided me. Some of these opportunities include joining a multicultural student engagement cohort, being elected as a board member of my school’s fashion society, and being able to showcase my designs at a local fashion show held on campus.

My educational journey has not been easy, but as I look towards my future I am confident in my dreams and I have the belief that I will achieve them. Although I do not know what my next few years in education will entail, I am so thankful and want to  express my profound gratitude for the financial support that the Special Education Foundation has offered me.

I look forward to opportunities of partnership in the future so that I may bestow my newfound knowledge and experience to those that come after me.”

About the John Cary Scholarship Presented by Emerson

The Special Education Foundation established the John Cary Scholarship in 2016 to honor the late John Cary, former superintendent of the Special School District of St. Louis County, for his unwavering commitment to excellence and his dedicated support of students with disabilities. This $5,000 scholarship recognizes graduating students who receive services from the Special School District, whether in special education or technical education, and who plan to attend a four-year college, university, or trade school.

Criteria for Scholarships

The John Cary Scholarships are awarded to students who embody the characteristics most admired by John Cary—resiliency, courage, and determination. The scholarship committee evaluates candidates based on their academic performance, leadership qualities, community volunteer activities, and success in athletics and/or the arts. Applicants who demonstrate exceptional achievements in any of these areas, particularly those who have overcome significant obstacles, are highly regarded. Financial need and teacher recommendations are also considered in the selection process.

Applications for the 2025-2026 school year will be available this fall.

The scholarship funds are exclusively allocated for tuition expenses, and students often require ongoing financial support beyond their first year. If you would like to help our scholarship recipients, please make your contribution here.