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The Special Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2024-2025 Scholarship recipients!

John Cary Scholarship Award: $5,000

Christopher Davis Scholarship Award: $2,500

About the John Cary Scholarship - Sponsored by Emerson

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. 

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

See the 2023 Scholarship recipients.


From the Newsroom

SEF's mission is to empower students with disabilities through our programs by providing them with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive.

Together with families from across the District, we came together to applaud the John Cary Scholarship recipients and SSD Rosemary Zander awards, celebrating all for their outstanding achievements.

In honor of the late Superintendent John Cary, the Special Education Foundation established the John Cary Scholarship program to select those who reflect the characteristics most admired by him.