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Scholarship Foundation Announces Five Bravo Grant Program Awardees
Ameren Missouri Gives $100,000 in Grants to Local College Students

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis announced its first Ameren Missouri Scholarship Foundation Bravo Scholars. Ameren Missouri is giving $100,000 to students determined to earn a college education despite having to face extraordinary personal circumstances. The Ameren Missouri Scholarship Foundation Bravo Scholars received notification of their selection during a surprise award ceremony at The Scholarship Foundation on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

The five 2011 Ameren Missouri Scholarship Foundation Bravo Scholars include:

Jennifer Carrillo, freshman, Class of 2015, Saint Louis University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Derica Harvey, freshman, Class of 2015, University of Central Missouri, Bachelor of Arts, Accounting

Nermina Mujkanovic, sophomore, Class of 2014, University of Denver, Bachelor of Arts, International Studies

David Wettroth, freshman, Class of 2015, University of Missouri, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Jacob Winslow, sophomore, Class of 2014, Bradley University, Bachelor of Science, Engineering

“I was absolutely stunned!” said Nermina Mujkanovic. “The night before, I was really worried about coming up with my entire tuition. When I found out I won this grant, which was almost the same amount that I needed, I couldn’t believe it. Things happen for a reason. I knew if I stayed hopeful, good things would happen.”

Ameren Missouri is recognized as a regional leader for its support of educational programs and nonprofits. “At Ameren Missouri, we understand the value of a quality education. It's why we support our own employees' training and development. This grant further demonstrates our commitment to excellence in the community. We are proud to support Bravo Scholars,” said Richard Mark, senior vice president of Customer Operations at Ameren Missouri. Ameren Missouri has pledged $100,000 over the next four years to support the Bravo Grant Program and has contributed more than $1.3 million to The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis since 1998.

More than $350,000 in Scholarship Foundation Bravo Grants is awarded to 75 students annually who have overcome significant obstacles and who have achieved their educational goals in spite of personal adversity. Students who receive Bravo Grants are also recipients of The Scholarship Foundation Interest-free Loan Program. The Scholarship Foundation provides college access, financial aid, and other financial decision-making support to Bravo Grant students and their families through its Student Advocate and Advising Program.

Bravo Grants are awarded to students of all ages who have completed high school or a GED and are enrolled in accredited postsecondary programs. Students may receive the renewable Bravo Grants for up to four years of college. 


About The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, is based upon the conviction that an educated citizenry is essential to a democracy. The Scholarship Foundation provides access to postsecondary education to members of our community who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals. Annually, some 600 students receive approximately $3.6 million in direct financial support in the form of interest-free loans and grants from The Scholarship Foundation. More than 6,700 students have been awarded more than $45 million in interest-free loans and $2.5 million in grants since the Foundation began. For more information visit www.sfstl.org.

About Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 126,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.

Contact: Ebony Lincoln, 314.554.2182