In the fall, the University of Missouri–St. Louis established The Opportunity Scholars Program with a $1.65 million contribution and internships from Emerson. The January-February issue of St. Louis Commerce Magazine highlights the program created by UMSL and corporate leaders to enhance the quality and diversity of the region’s science, engineering and technology work force and retain that talent in the community.

In the article “Keeping Our Best and Brightest Close To Home,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George discussed the idea behind The Opportunity Scholars Program, an all-inclusive, four-year scholarship that will be awarded to underrepresented and first-generation college students from local high schools who demonstrate academic ability and commitment to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

The program will award 10 scholarships beginning in August, and corporate partners will provide financial support, internships and mentors.

Visit and turn to page 56 to read the article of The Opportunity Scholars Program at UMSL.

Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton