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John Cary Scholarship

Students can apply online for the 2024-2025 John Cary Scholarship now through January 26, 2024. Once the student's application has been submitted, teachers must also complete the nomination application and include a letter of recommendation. For more information or if you need help with the online application, please contact us at or 314-394-7030.

About the Scholarship

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.

Criteria for Scholarships

The John Cary Scholarships will be given to graduating students who receive 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, university, or trade school. 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.

Teachers, after your students apply for a scholarship, you will complete the Teacher application form and submit a letter of recommendation.

See the 2023 Scholarship recipients.

You are invited to attend the 2024 Inspiring Futures celebration, an event hosted by SSD and the Special Education Foundation to celebrate SSD student achievers. See the event details here.

From the Newsroom

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