Class of 2022 Grads Can Apply for rootED Transfer School Scholarship

Class of 2022 Grads Can Apply for rootED Transfer School Scholarship

March 8, 2022 |

Last year, East Central College graduate Benjamin Schwanitz received a rootEd Community College Transfer Scholarship that changed the trajectory of his college career.

Schwanitz, who is now a student at Truman State University, Kirksville, was awarded up to $10,000 through the scholarship, which provided the funding necessary to attend the university.

“I am attending Truman State University thanks to this lifesaving scholarship,” he said. “It was truly remarkable that I was able to receive the scholarship.”

That same opportunity is available to ECC students who are poised to graduate this May.

The rootEd Undergraduate Scholarship is a renewable grant of up to $12,000 per academic year. Last year, the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis awarded 10 students, including Schwanitz, with the rootEd Community College Transfer Scholarship, totaling $80,850.

Launched in 2018, the Alliance addresses the most challenging obstacles to success after high school for students in rural America.

The organization partners with local and national organizations working to improve postsecondary and career outcomes with advice, exposure and access to financial resources — meaning all students in rural areas can pursue their dreams.

The rootEd Alliance is a collaborative philanthropic effort that grew out of a collective belief in the power of education to change lives and an understanding of the unique needs of rural America.

This year, students transferring from any community college in Missouri, who also graduated from a rural high school in Missouri over the past five years, are eligible to apply for the rootEd Community College Transfer Scholarship.

The scholarship application and all supporting materials must be submitted by midnight on April 15.

ECC staff will assist students and their families as they navigate this application process. Anyone who wants to connect with their advisor or success coach, can do so through our AVISO retention system.

For more information about rootED visit contact Melissa Schall Willmore, student success advisor, at or 636-584-6530.