Special Education Foundation established the John Cary Scholarship in 2016. In naming the $5,000 scholarship after him, the Foundation recognizes John Cary, the late superintendent of Special School District of St. Louis County, for his commitment to excellence and his tireless support of students with disabilities.

The Foundation has awarded scholarships to deserving students entering post-secondary education since 1988. SEF presented five John Cary scholarships totaling $25,000 at an April 25 reception at Special School District’s central office. The 2018 recipients were:

  • Selena Bell, South Technical High School, who plans to attend University of Arizona
  • Adam Bristoe, Lindbergh High School, who plans to attend Maryville University
  • Madelyn Hubbs, Pattonville High School, who plans to attend Maryville University
  • Ethan Morris, South Technical High School, who plans to attend Maryville University
  • Dieynaba Sam, North Technical High School and Normandy High School, who plans to attend University of Missouri, St. Louis

Criteria for Scholarships: The John Cary Scholarships will be given to graduating students who have received services from the Special School District of St. Louis County — special education and/or technical education – and who are planning to attend a four-year college or university. The selected students will reflect the characteristics most admired by John Cary — resiliency, courage and determination. The scholarship committee looks for evidence of future success by considering academics, leadership and community volunteer activities, and success in athletics and/or the arts. Well-rounded individuals, particularly those with exceptional achievement in a particular area, are likely to be successful applicants. Overcoming obstacles carries weight in the screening process. Financial need and teacher recommendations are also considered. The funds may be used for tuition only.

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2018 John Cary Scholarship recipients

Teachers, after your students apply for a scholarship, you will fill out the Teacher Next Steps form and submit a letter of recommendation.

The next deadline for scholarship applications is January 17, 2020. The new form will be online soon. For more information or if you need help with the online application, please contact Jeanine at 314-394-7030 or email jeanine@sef-stl.org.

Dave and Suzie Spence sponsor a scholarship in memory of Jo Anne Tierney Sauer, the mother of Suzie Spence. Jo Anne dedicated her entire professional career to the education of students within the Special School District, serving the children at Litzsinger School and Shriners Hospital for over 40 years. In 2018, the Spences awarded two $5,000 Jo Anne Tierney Sauer scholarships, one to Liam Chorney of Affton High School, and one to Dieynaba Sam of North Technical High School.

The Christopher Davis Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate from the Rockwood School District and/or the Ritenour School District. The scholarship, sponsored by Ronald and Marsha Davis, is given as a tribute to their son, Christopher, who was fatally injured in a car accident. Christopher received services for his learning disability from Special School District. Davis scholarship recipients are selected by SSD teachers at the Rockwood and Ritenour School Districts. The 2018 recipient is Jasmine Cooper, who graduated from Ritenour High School.

The James E. Westbury Memorial Board of Education Scholarship honors graduating SSD students who show strong leadership skills as well as a dedication to volunteerism and community involvement. The scholarship is given in memory of Dr. James Westbury, a longtime member of the SSD Board of Education and a lifelong advocate for learning who worked to strengthen education in the St. Louis region. In 2018 Special Education Foundation gave a $2,000 Westbury scholarship to Jasmine Buchanan of Ritenour High School. Other Westbury Scholarships are given by the Special School District Board of Education.

There are other scholarships available to students served by SSD:

  • James E. Westbury Memorial Board of Education Scholarships
  • Bonhomme Lions Scholarships
  • Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship