Giving to the College of Education and Public Service
Goal 4: Scholarship Funding ($1 million)
The College is seeking support for its scholarship endowment. Currently, the College enrolls approximately 900 students. They study in such diverse fields as urban planning, family counseling, teacher education, school leadership, and communication sciences and disorders. Public service is the theme that ties these disciplines together in a unique educational framework that is interdisciplinary, applied, and centered on service learning. The Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Clinics for Family and Child Development provide an opportunity for students to work with children and families needing help to insure school success, a stable family environment, and communities of opportunity.
As part of the campaign for Saint Louis University, "Where Knowledge Touches Lives," the College seeks to raise an endowment of $1 million to provide scholarship support for both graduate and undergraduate students who, upon graduation, will enter schools, clinics, government, not-for-profit agencies, and the private sector with the skills and commitment to be a force for change in the region.
"I've been going to SLU all my adult life," is how Yvonne Sparks Strauther recounts her academic career, with only slight exaggeration. But that's not all the recent master's of public administration degree graduate has been doing. She's also served as executive director of community development non-profits, vice president of community development for a major bank, and executive director in local government and owner of a couple of small businesses.
"I worked and toughed it out until I got through," she says, noting that her part time degree pursuit began in 1994. During her eight years at SLU, Strauther says she received "a total of $750 in department grants." The amount needs to be increased for future students, she believes, "because there has to be more minorities in this area of work, since African-Americans are, to a large degree, the target of public programs in cities.
"Increased scholarship funds will attract students, and attract a larger, more diverse pool of students. Frankly, I would be in the Ph.D. program now, but I can't afford it."
A scholarship fund will provide support for talented graduate and undergraduate students, who will then use their education in the service of others.