Professional Development Institute Fall 2021 Workshops!

High school counselors and non-profit college and career advisers – join us for another year of learning, sharing resources, and connecting with one another at PDI workshops! This year, St. Louis Graduates is pleased to co-host PDI with the Missouri College Access Network (MOCAN).  All workshops are FREE and open to colleagues across Missouri and southern Illinois thanks to support from the Norman …

Advocacy Alert: #StudentsOfMissouri

#StudentsOfMissouri is a campaign created by the League of Student Advocates and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis calling on the Missouri legislature, leaders of Missouri’s colleges and universities, and the entire community to take immediate action to support today’s students. The idea of the “traditional” student is outdated, inadequate, and does not represent large numbers of students trying to …

Double Pell

St. Louis Graduates has joined more than 300 organizations and nearly 900 colleges and universities to urge Congress to bring an affordable, high-quality college education within reach for all students by doubling the maximum federal Pell Grant. Read the joint letter here.  The share of college costs covered by the Pell Grant is at an all-time low. At its peak, …

Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) for 2020-21 has concluded! Join us in August for another year of learning together to support student postecondary plans! Details will be posted over the summer. Participation is FREE thanks to support from the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee. St. Louis Graduates is pleased to partner with MASFAP on all financial aid workshops …

Degrees with Less Debt

Two-thirds of all jobs require a postsecondary degree or certificate, but when it comes to education beyond high school, opportunity is not equal. Many barriers hold back low-income students and Black students. Degrees with Less Debt: Postsecondary Strategies that Enhance Low-income and Black Student Success highlights how five colleges and universities are supporting low-income and Black students so they graduate …

St. Louis Graduates welcomes new leadership!

St. Louis Graduates’ Steering Committee welcomes Trent Ball and Melissa Findley as Co-Chairs! Trent is Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity and Outreach at Southeast Missouri State University. Melissa is Executive Director of Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation. Dr. Alan Byrd of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Allison Williams of Wyman are transitioning out of the Co-Chair roles after …

Working Together Toward Justice and Equity

We are living in unprecedented times. How many times have we said or heard this in recent months? While the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed unprecedented in its scope and impact, racial injustice in this country is nothing new. The recent unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic reminders. As a network of partners, St. Louis …

Brown Bag Virtual Lunches

Amidst the stay-at-home virtual environment, we are hosting regular Zoom calls for high school counselors and access advisers to connect with one another, learn updates, and share resources. In August we will start our Professional Development Institute workshops for the year – all virtual and every other week! Join us for our upcoming virtual lunches: July 31 at 12 Noon: …

Students Need Emergency Federal Aid in the face of COVID-19

Today’s students rely on college campuses for much more than classes – they rely on institutions for access to food, housing, work-study wages, and more. St. Louis Graduates joins Higher Learning Advocates and 50 other organizations across the country in urging Congress to support students through emergency legislation. We urge Congress to include the following in their COVID-19 package: Allow …

The Year of Return: A Study-Abroad Experience for Students of Color

In the fall, I co-led nine students of color on an eight-day excursion to Ghana. The trip was formally led by Dr. Emmanuel Balogun, assistant professor of International Relations and chair of the Global MA International Relations program at Webster University as part of an Introduction to Africana Studies course. The trip was the result of a multi-year initiative to …