Two TRIO students, Curissa Seawood and Joyce Spencer, are the first two recipients of the Dr. Celerstine Briggs Johnson Book Fund. The book fund was created to benefit TRIO students at Saint Louis University who need assistance in purchasing textbooks and supplies for the academic year.
For more than three decades, Dr. Johnson was on a mission to enhance educational opportunities for all students, especially those underrepresented in higher education. Her 30 years of service to SLU culminated in her role as associate vice-provost for enrollment management. Upon her retirement in 2009, the book fund was established in her honor.
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must be a full-time student, enrolled in one of the collegiate TRiO programs, and submit an essay articulating why they should receive the award, demonstrating need, and in good academic standing with the University.
Seawood is a senior majoring in psychology and African American studies. Her post-graduation options are to volunteer and teach for a year in Washington, D.C., or enroll in the accelerated nursing program at Saint Louis University.
Spencer is a senior majoring in social work. She is interested in advancing her knowledge in the area of clinical social work with the goal of providing services to those in the child welfare system. She also desires to teach social work at the graduate level in an accredited program.
For more information about the fund, call the Office of Student Financial Services at SLU at 314-977-3418.