|From L-R: Solomon Alexander, Brian Grant (father of scholarship winner Jason Grant), Jason Riney of Sports Commission Associates, scholarship winner Zasmine Johnson, scholarship winner Katie Kennedy, and Danny Lewin of Sports Commission Associates|
Outside the Rockhurst University financial aid office was this big wall of money. Well…not quite, but I thought of it that way. It was actually a bulletin board – with information on available scholarships. I read each application carefully – looking for an angle that may apply to my situation. I found one in the American Business Women’s Association Scholarship. My friends asked me, “Sol, how are you going to apply? You’re not a woman and when you graduate you still won’t be one.”
Let this be a lesson to you. Don’t let the name of a scholarship nor the name of the organization providing the scholarship deter you from reading the application. Although the scholarship was provided by the American Business Women’s Association, the application stated that any business major enrolled full-time in a Kansas City area college or university could apply. Students who exhibited financial hardship were also strongly encouraged to submit applications. Jackpot! Nobody tells a poverty story like Big Sol. When I’m done, I’ll have you thinking my mom and I lived in a shoe.
The organization didn’t raise the money for their scholarship through corporate donations or a huge endowment. No, they thought enough of young people to work the concession stands at Arrowhead Stadium during Chiefs games. September’s not so bad, but Kansas City rivals any cold weather city in the country in November and December. They suffered through ridiculously cold temperatures and probably a few rude fans to raise money for kids they’d never met. This kid is certainly grateful to them.
You have a unique opportunity to help a deserving young person as well. The St. Louis Sports Commission Associates proudly presents its annual Trivia Night at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur next Saturday, August 27. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the trivia begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates Sportsmanship Scholarship – awarded annually to a graduating St. Louis area high school senior who demonstrates extraordinary sportsmanship on the playing field. The event will be hosted by Tom Ackerman of KMOX radio and covers a wide range of topics. The cost is only $200 for a table of eight and drinks (beer, wine, and soda) will be provided. As you may have guessed, you must be 21 or older to attend. Please click here to register your table or call Tim Ryan at 314-345-5101. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!