I am St. Louis native currently finishing up my degree in Communications and Public Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I was drawn to the opportunity to intern at DSAGSL because of my Aunt Carolyn who had Down syndrome. It is the perfect place to learn and spread awareness at the same time.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our six nieces and nephews. I also love cuddling with my new puppy and working out. I am of course a Cardinals fan but an even bigger Blues fan.
I have lived in O’Fallon, MO my whole life. I am a student at Missouri State University, majoring in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration, and will be graduating in May. As the Programs and Services Intern at the DSAGSL, I will be helping to plan and coordinate Bike Camp, the Healthy Start program, and the Employment Initiative. I’m excited to be a part of this organization and look forward to staying involved after my internship ends. I’ve always had a passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities because I find it very rewarding to help others realize their full potential. I plan to combine this passion with my love of outdoor recreation by pursuing a career in adaptive recreation. This would include adapting, altering, or creating the equipment necessary for individuals with disabilities to engage in exciting outdoor activities. I want to make a difference in the lives of people who are limited in opportunities due to circumstances beyond their control. As a recreation professional, I will encourage my clients to strive for greatness despite their obstacles. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, skiing, and spending time with my friends and family.
DSAGSL is proud to announce the formation of a new scholarship program. We are currently the only scholarship granting organization in the state of Missouri under Bryce’s Law, which is legislation passed to provide opportunities for assistance to students with developmental disabilities.
Thanks to the vision and generosity of our Board of Directors, DSAGSL has developed criteria for awarding scholarships. We are also pleased to announce the recipient of our first-ever DSAGSL scholarship, Ethan Schroeder. Ethan is a second-year student in the SUCCEED program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. SUCCEED is a post-secondary program for students with disabilities, and welcomes students from throughout our region. Ethan is one of two students with Down syndrome in this program – both students with Down syndrome are expected to be among the first group of nine students who will complete the program this spring. We are proud of Ethan’s hard work and determination, and we are happy to invest in his education and future!
A limited amount of scholarship funding remains available this fiscal year (through June 30) from DSAGSL. Below is the scholarship criteria we have developed, and we encourage any interested applicants to visit DESE’s site for Bryce’s Law as well for additional info. You can download an application for a DSAGSL scholarship here. Please direct any questions about this program to Jeremie Ballinger at 314.961.2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for the Scholarship and Assistance Program:
A pool of funds are available annually through the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. Please note that all funds are available as they become available each fiscal year, and that each case is considered as it arrives in our office based on the remaining funds available.
Scholarships are available based on the criteria outlined in Bryce’s Law (Section 161.825 RSMo). Full details can be obtained through the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education via phone, email or the DESE website. DSAGSL has identified the following criteria in addition to Bryce’s Law standards:
DSAGSL Scholarship Determination Criteria
- Scholarship recipients will have a diagnosed genetic / chromosomal condition
- Including, but not limited to: Down syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Turner syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman syndrome
- Recipients, within their application packet, will present a documented need both financially and educationally
- Scholarship recipients will reside within the Greater St. Louis area. In addition to the defined metro area, Greater St. Louis includes cities that have a recognized DSAGSL Community Group.
- Scholarships are available to applicants of any age, given they meet our additional criteria
- Additional criteria may be determined by DSAGSL, its board and staff based on any combination of factors, such as the amount of scholarship funding available or the number of applications received.
- The scholarship funds awarded are to be used solely to pay for educational and job training expenses.
- All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the institution or service provider.
- Scholarship awards must be used in the 12-month period following the date of application. Should an award winner seek the renewal of a scholarship, a new application must be submitted. Previous receipt of a DSAGSL scholarship does not guarantee nor prohibit a person from receiving an additional scholarship.