The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) Business and Community Partnership Committee has compiled a list of outreach and educational programs offered by companies and academic institutions that provide extraordinary opportunities for students and teachers.  These programs range from awards, scholarships, grants and internships to various learning and training opportunities in science, engineering and medicine. This web page will continue to expand as we discover more programs, and new information will be added regularly.

  • Awards
  • Competitions
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Summer Internships
  • Leadership Training
  • Workshops
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Speakers
  • Tours
  • Student Volunteering Guide & Resources
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  • Use your skills and experience to solve InnoCentive Challenges and win cash awards. Anyone can join INNOCENTIVE Solver network of 375,000+ diverse and creative minds. We provide a steady supply of Challenges from a wide array of disciplines for you to tackle, requiring anything from a short outline of your solution to a prototype of it.

    If you are a curious person who wants to solve problems that matter, you’ll have access to important problems from a diverse set of Seekers: corporations, public sector agencies, and nonprofit organizations from around the world. InnoCentive helps Seekers formulate their problems, ideas, and goals as Challenges, which are broadcast to the public on For more details or to register, please visit Innocentive website.

  • Leaders in Education (Peabody,
  • The Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated and compassionate K-12 educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earn a $1,000 award.

    Contact:Maureen Moore (info@peabodyenergyleadersineducation.org


  • Weekly Innovation Challenge (Saint Louis University,
  • Every Wednesday, Saint Louis University students have a chance to compete in the Weekly Innovation Challenge (WIC) from 12-1pm in the Rotunda at Parks College. The challenges range from building bridges/tower to business pitches to trivia. The main goal of the WIC is to get students out of the classroom to exercise their brain in a fun/interactive way.

    For K-12 students (preferably 5th grade and up), they offer a school visit.  For a teacher to arrange a visit, they need to contact Nicole Rosskopf by email ( or phone (314-977-7820) a few weeks prior to the school visit day.  The challenges they offer in a classroom range from what is on their website. Teachers can request a specific challenge or they can choose one.

    Teachers can also do the WIC on their own in their classroom.  There is an iBook called “Innovation Challenges – Mind Workouts for Teams” that list previous challenges and resources on how to run them.  You can download the book for free at

    Contact: Nicole Rosskopf at 314-977-7820 or

  • JazzU Program (Jazz St. Louis,
  • JazzU is a free program that places talented middle and high school musicians (6-12 grades) in small jazz combos, which meet weekly between September and May. Acceptance is based on a live audition. The benefits of acceptance in JazzU include: 1) scholarship awarded to cover tuition and fees, 2) weekly instruction from the area’s finest educators, 3) free admission to most Jazz at the Bistro shows, 4) performance opportunities, including a performance at Jazz at the Bistro, 4) the opportunity to work with such artisits as Sean Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Matt Wilson, and Byron Stripling.

    2016-17 JazzU Auditions will take place June 6-9, between 4 and 9 pm in the Centene Jazz Education Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 29, 2016. Once the application materials have been received, students will be assigned an audition time on the date which corresponds with the applicant’s instrument. Audition times will be sent via standard US mail. Results of the auditions will be announced during the first part of July. For more details, please visit their website (

    Contact: Andy Ament at 314-881-3093 or


  • Student Scholarship Search ( 
  • StudentScholarshipSearch helps students find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute. College scholarships and grants are the best place to start financing your education. Our goal is that students use this database to invest more wisely in school, prior to relying on alternative resources and loans. Additionally, while many students may be unaware of forthcoming due dates for scholarship applications, deadlines will be clearly visible on the search results so that users only apply for current and upcoming awards.  You only need 5 things to answer (your grade, GPA, state, gender and ethnic background) and you will be provided with a comprehensive list of award options where you will find a scholarship matching you!

    Contact: Visit their website to find your scholarship matches (


  • Think Big for Kids Grants (Youthbridge Community Foundation)
  • Think Big for Kids grants are designed to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofits that serve children and youth in our community. We’re looking for big, ambitious, transformative thinking – ideas that may even be unproven or risky. This is a true opportunity to think outside the box! Take a look at the TBFK Guidelines to learn more. Letters of Intent are accepted through August 31.

  • Innovative Technology Education Fund (
  • The Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF) is a St. Louis-based nonprofit that provides grants to advance innovation and technology in classrooms. In 2015, ITEF awarded more than $360,000 in grants to seven area schools, with average grants of more than $51,000.  ITEF has provided grants to area schools allowing them to transform libraries into makerspaces, introduce robotics and animation to elementary art students, and put computers with advanced software in the hands of middle-school students 

    The 2016 grant cycle has opened, and schools and teachers in 12 counties across Missouri and Illinois can now submit applications to receive grants to advance innovation and technology in their classrooms.  Applications for the 2016 grants will be accepted through January 31, 2016. Project proposals may support single-grade classrooms, multiple grade levels, entire schools, or collaborations with a nonprofit partner serving students and/or classroom educators. Grants must be used in charter schools and accredited K-12 public, private or parochial schools.  

    Proposal writing workshops are available for educators who have questions.
    Thursday, November 19, 3:30pm
    Thursday, January 14, 5pm
    Click here to learn how to register.

    Click here to begin the application process: Apply Now

  • Dannette Ward Science Grant (The Monsanto STEM Education Outreach Program)
  • The Dannette Ward Science Education Grant was formed by Monsanto’s Science and Agriculture Education Outreach Program volunteers to honor the accomplishments of retired Monsanto scientist Danette Ward, who has made numerous contributions to youth through science and agriculture education. In 2009, Ward was featured in People Magazine for her dedication to teaching St. Louis city students about the importance of agriculture and science, highlighting her work with students at Clyde C. Miller Academy and her establishment of the first inner city chapter of the National FFA Organization in St. Louis. 

    This past year, Volunteers of the Monsanto STEM Education Outreach Program (formerly the Science and Agriculture Education Outreach Program) donated over 830 hours in area classrooms to earn a $10,000 award from The Monsanto Fund to support STEM Education in area schools. The Monsanto STEM Education Outreach Program will be awarding five$2,000 grants. Your classroom is eligible for a 2015 Dannette Ward Science Grant.  We encourage you to apply!

    Please note the grant application process may take 30 minutes to one hour to complete. Completed applications must be submitted by February 15th, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  If your school is selected for the 2015 Dannette Ward Science Education Grant, you will be notified by February 19th, 2016.  To apply, visit their website.

    Contact: If you have questions regarding the grant application, please send an email to

  • Financial Education Community Grants (Wells Fargo and United Way of Greater St. Louis,
  • Wells Fargo and United Way of Greater St. Louis are partnering to offer $250,000 in grant funding to deliver financial education in the community. Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $10,000.  Funding will be available in multiple rounds, with the first round of applications due February 5, 2016.

    Organizations that receive the grants will offer financial education classes utilizing the Hands on Banking ® curriculum.  United Way will provide training to Hands on Banking facilitators on how to use the curriculum. Grant funds are unrestricted. They may be used for program costs, but may also be used for overhead, capital improvements, operations, building financial reserves, etc.

    To learn more about this grant opportunity and view the application please visit the Agency HQ section of United Way of Greater St. Louis’s  website and click on Funding Opportunities.

    There will be a webinar to review the grant and answer questions on Thursday, January 14 at 9:00 a.m. Log into the webinar here. Registration is not required.

    Contact: If you have questions about this grant opportunity please contact Mary Anne Helmsing, or 314-539-4114. 

  • Amgen Foundation Grant (Amgen,
  • The Amgen Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities. Amgen Foundation makes grants in two primary areas: (1) to advance science education, and (2) to invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Amounts awarded and time periods of grants vary widely and depend upon the scope of the project. Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments. Proposals are accepted throughout the year but the Foundation’s review committees meet quarterly to make funding decisions.

  • Employee Community Fund (Boeing,
  • Since employees of the Boeing Company in St. Louis contribute to the ECF of Boeing St. Louis, consideration is given only to those agencies which are in the following counties: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Lincoln (MO), Warren (MO), St. Charles (MO), Franklin (MO), Jefferson (MO), Macoupin (IL), Madison (IL), St. Clair (IL), Monroe (IL), and Jersey (IL). Grant requests are accepted between January 1 and January 31 on an annual basis. Grant requests submitted outside of this time frame will be disqualified from review. The ECF Board of Directors reviews grants between March 1 and September 1 of each year with no consideration of “time-sensitive” applications. All grant decisions will be communicated by September 1. Grant requests will be considered only once within the same calendar year and any one grant does not necessarily indicate continuing support in subsequent years. Apply online.

    In 2016, grant requests will only be accepted between January 1 and February 1. The deadline to submit all grant requests is 11:59PM (central) on February 1. For details, please check the guideline.  To apply, visit

  • Monsanto Fund – Math & Science Education K-12 (Monsanto,
  • Monsanto Fund accepts Math & Science Education K-12 applications from organizations located in one of the 16 Missouri or Illinois eligible counties during two periods annually.  Organizations can view and familiarize themselves with the grant application any time throughout the year. Annually there are two cycles to apply for Math and Science K-12 program. The first cycle begins on January 1 and ends at 11:59:59pm CT on February 28. The second cycle begins on July 1 and ends at 11:59:59pm CT on August 31.  Eligible Organizations include K-12 public school districts – Individual schools must apply through their School District office.

    All applications must be completed online.


    Summer Internships

  • Summer Focus (Washington University School of Medicine,
  • Summer Focus provides outstanding high school students with funded research internships at the Washington University Medical Center. Each student works directly with two graduate students, the mentor and the tutor. The mentor works one-on-one with the student in the lab on a specific project, while the tutor prepares the student for their research experience. Each year the program accepts 12 – 16 students. To be eligible to apply students must have successfully completed their junior year of high school prior to the commencement of the program.

    Students from St. Louis area schools may apply when they are in 11th grade. The students are selected by a competitive application and interview process that begins in the fall, preceding the start of the program the following summer. Students accepted into the program are notified by March 1st. In early spring students are given the opportunity to select a topic in which to do a project based on their own interests. Prior to a student’s entry into a lab, he or she will also receive instruction in lab techniques and safety. Summer Focus scholars receive a stipend of $2500 as well as a Metro Pass.

  • STARS – Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (UMSL,
  • Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) is a six-week program that runs from the second week of June through the third week in July. Applications are accepted in March and are limited to students currently in their junior year residing in the Greater St. Louis or Metro East area.  Application packages are not accepted prior to the March application period.

    During this six-week summer program, students and teachers do research within a community of investigators under the supervision of a practicing research mentor.  Through student-mentor partnerships, student participants apply various problem-solving strategies to independent research projects, write a 15-20 page technical report, and orally present their results in a seminar format.  Teachers prepare a detailed lesson and accompanying teacher guide based on the learning cycle instructional strategy relating to the use of the laboratory information from their research experience.

    Contact: Dr. Kenneth Mares (314) 516-6155 or

  • Research Science Institute (MIT,
  • Each summer, 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. The five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers.

    Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings.

    RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.


    Leadership Training

  • ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative (ANN Inc. & Vital Voices,
  • ANN INC. and Vital Voices select 50 outstanding young women every year, who are high school sophomores and juniors, to become ANNpower Fellows and participate in the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, a three-day leadership training and mentorship program in Washington, DC. After participating in the Forum, the Fellows are charged with transforming their ideas into action, and are eligible to receive ANNpower Grants of up to $2,500 to help them to implement projects in their communities. Deadline for 2016 application is Sunday, March 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Fellowships will be announced in April. The 2016 Leadership Forum will take place June 14-17, 2016


  • GMO High School Workshop (BRDG Park)
  • Extract, amplify, visualize and analyze DNA from food products to determine if they are genetically modified. This is a half day workshop that can be done at the BRDG Park, located at the Danforth Plant Science Center Campus (1005 N. Warson Road, St. Louis MO 63132) from 9am to 1:30 pm or can be done in two half day visits to your school lab. To learn more and schedule your workshop, contact Angela Taylor, Education Outreach Specialist.

    Contact: Angi Taylor, (314) 513-4950 or

  • UV/Vis Spectrophotometry High School Workshop (BRDG Park)
  • This half day workshop is offered at the Bio Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park, located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Campus (1005 N. Warson Road, St. Louis MO 63132).  Participants can expect to use UV/Visible spectrophotometers to measure absorbancy or transmittance and construct a standard curve to determine the concentration of a colored solution of unknown concentration. To learn more and schedule your workshop, contact Angela Taylor, Education Outreach Specialist.

    Contact: Angi Taylor, (314) 513-4950 or

  • Education Outreach Workshop (Saint Louis Community College Center for Plant and Life Sciences)
  • This one day workshop is offered at the BRDG (Bio Research and Development Park) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to give high school students a first-hand look at what St. Louis Community College students are doing to prepare themselves for a career in the life sciences. Free lunch is included. To learn more and schedule your workshop, contact Angela Taylor, Education Outreach Specialist.

    Contact: Angela Taylor, (314) 513-4950 or

  • Effective Outdoor Learning (Missouri Botanical Garden / Litzsinger Road Ecology Center,
  • A 3-day summer workshop is available to preK-12 teachers at no cost at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC). After the workshop, support continues through the school year as teachers link field experiences at LREC with work on their school grounds and in the classroom. Throughout, LREC educational staff members – each a former teacher – serve as guides and mentors to teachers. To register, visit:

    Contact: Bob Coulter,, (314) 368-7489

    Learning Opportunities

  • Sigma-Aldrich Science Partners (SASP) (Sigma-Aldrich,
  • Schools must become certified as a “Parner School” to participate in the SASP program. The program has two options: 1) Hosted Lessons at Sigma-Aldrich (2-3 hours) led by a Sigma-Aldrich employee and includes a tour of the facility. 2) Traveling Lessons-Sigma-Aldrich employee(s) travel to the school with all the materials needed for an experiment. Once class period. The SASP program is primarily focused on middle school age students but other requests can also be submitted through the website for guest speaking or other presentations. The submission must be made by a teacher with principles approval/involvement from the school. This program is free but if school visits Sigma-Aldrich, they are responsible for transportation costs. This program is available throughout academic school year but need 2+ month notice.

    Contact: Contact should be made through the Science Partners website.  For questions, email at

  • Mini-Med School (Washington University School of Medicine,
  • The Washington University Mini-Medical School began in 1999 with the goal of educating the community by sharing the expertise of the medical faculty. Mini-Medical School sessions (I, II and III) are available to anyone of the age 15 and older. Each Mini-Medical School consists of eight two-hour evening sessions covering a wide spectrum of medicine and it also includes several unique tours and hands-on laboratories for participants. Mini-Medical School I is offered twice a year (fall & spring), and Mini-Medical Schools II (spring) and III (fall) are offered annually. Each session costs $185 per person. Apply as soon as enrollment begins since spots get filled fast.

    Fall 2016 Sessions (Mini-Medical School I & III) are open for registration. Spring 2017 Session (Mini-Medical School II) will take online reservation in winter so please check back.

    Mini-Medical School I (September 27 – November 15, 2016, Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm, 8 sessions)

    Mini-Medical School III (September 29 – November 17, 2016, Thursday Evenings 7-9pm, 8 sessions)

    Attention High School Students
    You must call 314-362-6585 to register

    Please note: Mini-Medical School includes topics that may not be suitable for all ages. Therefore the following guidelines have been established:
    – Upper level high school students (11th or 12th grade) are welcome to attend.
    – 10th grade students may attend if a parent or guardian also enrolls in the session.
    – Students in 9th grade or below may not attend Mini-Medical School.

    All high school students will be required to submit an official letter from their school counselor verifying their grade level for the 15/16 school year. This may be faxed to 314-362-1087 or emailed to

    Contact: 314-362-6585 or

  • School Visit Labs (Saint Louis Community CollegeCenter for Plant and Life Sciences)
  • In-class visits to middle and high schools. 60-90 minute sessions at a school conducted by Angela Taylor.  Activities include Terrarium in a bottle, self-contained Ecosystem, Strawberry DNA, Water Cycle Column, Genetics: Reebop & Candy DNA, Mitochondrial DNA Lab, and DNA Fingerprinting. To request an In-Class lab session, contact Angela Taylor, Education Outreach Specialist.

    Contact: Angela Taylor, (314) 513-4950 or

  • The Career Coach (Saint Louis Community CollegeCenter for Plant and Life Sciences)
  • The Carrier Coach is a mobile lab for hands-on activities and presentations highlighting the career opportunities available in the regional life sciences industry. To learn more and arrange the career coach for your school event, contact Angela Taylor, Education Outreach Specialist.

    Contact: Angela Taylor, (314) 513-4950 or


  • Outreach (KMOV, )
  • KMOV will provide speakers to schools as requested. Please contact Beth Ann Gaily regarding programs of your interest (e.g. weather) that KMOV offers and she will arrange a speaker to visit schools.

    Contact: Beth Ann Gailey, or 314-444-3386


  • Monsanto Biotechnology Tour (Monsanto,
  • Monsanto offers students tours to the biotechnology research center in Chesterfield including labs and greenhouses. Students must be 6 years or older and a teacher or someone in charge needs to fill out a tour request form. The minimum of 5 people per tour group with a maximum of 70 people allowed per 2 hour tour.  Students will be divided into groups of 10-15 each and you need one teacher or adult per group. Tours are available Monday – Friday at 8am-10am; 10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm; 3:30pm-5:30pm.

    Contact: To schedule a tour, send an email to or call (314) 694-7070.

  • Student Tours of the Prologue Room (Boeing,
  • Boeing offers two different Student Tours of the Prologue Room: The Mystery Flight and The Adventures in Space.  Both programs are made available Monday through Friday throughout the year. Admission is free, and photographs are permitted.  Reservations are required and groups limited to a maximum of 30 students.

    1) The Mystery of Flight is an educational program designed for students in the fourth grade or above. This program provides an overview of how airplanes work, how they have evolved over the generations, and culminates with a fascinating study of space flight. 90-mimute multi-media presentation

    2) The Adventures in Space is an educational program designed for students in middle school or above (7th-12th grades). This program tells the captivating story of the history of humankind’s endeavor to explore space, what astronauts are doing in space today, and what the future holds. 60-minute multi-media presentation.

    Contact: Call 314-232-6896 to make arrangements to visit the Prologue Room.

  • Tour of Core facilities and Greenhouses (Danforth Plant Science Center,
  • Students groups of 20 or less can walk through the Danforth Center on a guided tour with a scientist. Tours are available to middle school and high school students throughout the year as time permits on schedule. To schedule a tour, please contact Terry Thomas.

    Contact: Terry Woodford-Thomas, Ph.D., (314) 587-1436 or