Circle Of Concern serves west St. Louis County, a part of the St. Louis metropolitan area known for beautiful homes, corporate headquarters, good schools and a thriving business community. West County is also home to families that struggle every day to make ends meet. Lay-offs, underemployment, illness or injury, age and more – many families in the thick of West County prosperity find themselves urgently in need of assistance.

Circle Of Concern can help. We are, first and foremost, a food pantry. We serve approximately 2,000 individuals monthly and more than 1,200 households annually.

At Circle, feeding families is just the beginning, though. We also offer financial support, scholarships, job mentoring, children’s programs and holiday events. All of these efforts work together http://www.circleofconcern.org/to take a little off our clients’ financial plates, allowing them to use their limited resources to regain their financial footing.

For more information on Circle of Concern, please visit their web page www.circleofconcern.org

Focus Marines Foundation is a nationally recognized, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. It was founded by Marine Corps veterans with the mission to help combat wounded Marines, and FMF Navy Corpsmen transition from military to civilian lives.

The organization was founded in 2010 with a commitment to address the needs of our country’s embattled post 9/11 veterans and their struggles with the wounds of war: the visible as well as the invisible: post-traumatic stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Focus was developed to help struggling combat veterans overcome their wounds and become active members of society.

For more information on the Focus Marines Foundation, please visit their webpage focusmarines.org

 

Purpose:
The scholarship award is established to recognize the achievements of individuals related to St. Louis BBQ Society (SLBS) members, with an objective of providing financial assistance to pursue completion of undergraduate or graduate level courses.

Eligibility:
The 2020 SLBS Scholarship program is open to graduating High School seniors and continuing College students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must have gained official admission to, or be a student already enrolled in, an accredited college or university
  • A parent or guardian must be a member in good standing of SLBS for at least the past one year.
  • The student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last school year.
  • Applicants must provide a personally composed essay, no more than two pages in length, describing their career plans or regarding personal merit or individual needs.
  • The student must submit two single-page letters of recommendation. Note: letters of recommendation from students and family members will not be accepted.

Scholarship Award(s):
The SLBS Scholarship Committee have the final authority over selection of the winning candidate(s). The size of the awards will be determined based on funding availability and the number of applicants.

Deadline:
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on August 16, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

Application Procedure:

  1. Applicants must submit an application form, completed in its entirety and bearing the applicant’s signature, to be received by St. Louis BBQ Society no later than August 16, 2020. The grant will be awarded during the summer of that year.
  2. Applicants must provide a personally composed essay, no more than two pages in length, describing their career plans or regarding personal merit or individual needs.
  3. Applicants must provide two single-page letters of recommendation. Note: letters of recommendation from students and family members will not be accepted.
  4. Applicants may email application material to info@stlouisbbqsociety.com or may mail to:
    St. Louis BBQ Society – Scholarship 15009 Manchester Road, Suite 159 Ballwin, MO 63011

Selection Process:

  • The SLBS Scholarship Committee will not consider a candidate who does not meet the above qualifications or fails to submit the above materials as described.
  • Those candidates, who present a plan to enter culinary arts programs, have done volunteer work in their community, show great character, and those who have a financial need will be given additional consideration. Applicants can demonstrate their personal financial contribution to their education by noting employment outside of school and any other scholarships received.
  • The St. Louis BBQ Society will inform all applicants the outcome of the scholarship process.
  • The SLBS Scholarship Committee will review the awards. All decisions are final.
  • Unsuccessful candidates may be considered the following year or any year thereafter.
  • The St. Louis BBQ Society Scholarship is a one-year award. Candidates must reapply each year.

Any questions shall be directed to: info@stlouisbbqsociety.com

You can download the application from here.

Since day one, the St. Louis BBQ Society’s members have looked for ways to utilize their time and talents to help others. Through a combination of dedicated charity cooks and donations raised at sanctioned SLBS events, the St. Louis BBQ Society has donated over $30,000 to local charities.

Listed below are some of the organizations that we have partnered with in the past.

Requests for charitable assistance