Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

If you have a relative or friend who is a senior in high school thinking about higher education, there is a new scholarship available that might help them offset the cost of tuition.

An anonymous donor has made it possible for 100 St. Louis area high school seniors to pay for tuition costs at every community college and public university in Missouri. This would include the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Recipients can opt for any nonprofit institution in Missouri like St.Louis University, Lindenwood University, and Fontbonne University. Several colleges in the Metro East are also on the list of schools available for the grant as well.

Students who qualify for this grant are almost exclusively coming from low-income households, according to Executive Director of the Scholarship Foundation Faither Sandler. Students must also maintain a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher and have “good character.”

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis received a $1.2 million gift to have 100 students who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, College Bound, or the Wyman Teen Leadership Program apply for a $12,000 annual grant. Previously, the Centennial Collaboration Scholarship offered a $10,000 annual grant to about 20 high school seniors who participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.

On top of the monetary help, students will also receive advising from the Scholarship Foundation. Applications are open now and are due April 16.