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Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation sees 29% increase in scholarship recipients for 2019-20

by Dean Minderman

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) has announced that their “Help For Today – Hope For Tomorrow” scholarship program has seen a 29% increase in the number of recipients for the 2019-20 school year.

TTEF provides need-based tuition assistance scholarships of up to $2,000 per year to families in the city of St. Louis who wish to offer their Kindergarten through 8th grade children a private or parochial elementary school education. The program serves families of all faiths and offers scholarships to children attending both Catholic and non-Catholic schools.

Scholarship awards are based upon financial need and the residency of the applicant. Once awarded, the scholarships follow students through the 8th grade (assuming continued eligibility), and are transferable to any private or parochial elementary school in the city of St. Louis.

Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinqufield have supported TTEF with major leadership gifts every year since the scholarship program began in 2008, most recently contributing $400,000 in 2019. In all, the Sinquefields have invested $4,154,627 over the past ten years in “Help For Today – Hope For Tomorrow.”

A total of 433 students were added to the program this year, bringing the current number of TTEF scholarship recipients to 1,183 students enrolled at 24 different non-public elementary schools in the city of St. Louis.

In all, TTEF in 2019-20 will provide $2,037,729 in scholarship funding to these students, for an average of $1,730 per student. Scholarship recipients live in households with an average size of 4.2 people and an average family annual income of $32,350.

Since the “Help For Today – Hope For Tomorrow” program began, TTEF has awarded $17,938,764 to 3,892 scholarship students. 100% of TTEF alumni have gone on to complete eighth grade, with 91% gaining acceptance to college prep programs in high school, and 87% attending one of those schools. 100% of TTEF alumni have gone on to graduate from high school, with 90% enrolled in some form of post-secondary education.

Friday
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October 2019
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Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield writes new book about chess notation

by Dean Minderman

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield has written a new book about chess notation, Learn to Read and Write Chess.

Published by the World Chess Hall of Fame, the book (pictured) is intended to help players of all ages learn the basics of chess notation. Starting with the fundamentals of piece names, locations, and written move types. the book takes a “hands-on” approach that combines chess reading and writing skills with physically moving pieces.

For her work on the book and her ongoing support of chess, Dr. Sinquefield received a Meritorious Services award from the US Chess Federation at the annual US Chess Awards ceremony held in August in Orlando, FL.

Learn to Read and Write Chess is available now for purchase at the World Chess Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Chess Club. The book also can be downloaded for free in PDF form from the US Chess Trust website. There also are plans to translate the book into more than a dozen foreign languages, which will be made available as free PDF downloads.

Thursday
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October 2019
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Scouts to learn invention skills at first-ever Invention Jamboree

by Dean Minderman


Scouts from all over the USA will get a chance to exercise their creativity with a variety of tools and technologies at the first-ever Invention Jamboree, presented by the Great Rivers Council from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation in Gravois Mills, MO.

Taking advantage of the Reservation’s unique features. Scouts attending the event will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with everything from 3-D printers and aerial drones to welding and woodworking equipment at the Jamboree’s participatory Invention Stations. Attendees also will get to meet working inventors; see invention-related exhibits; and take part in an optional invention competition.

The main activity of the Jamboree will be the Invention Stations, which will be grouped into three “paths” named after famous Missouri inventors George Washington Carver, Edwin Hubble, and James Fergason.

Each path has its own theme and will include four stations, letting Scouts participate in activities including robotics, welding, blacksmithing, woodworking, graphic design, shooting, climbing, flying radio-controlled drones, conducting search-and-rescue operations using geospatial mapping, and more.

All groups also will spend time in the reservation’s Sinquefield Invention Lab, which serves as the center of the council’s Invention Campus and Invention Scout program and offers access to equipment including 3-D printers, computer-controlled C&C machines, laser engravers, and more.

The optional Invention Competition will provide an opportunity for Scouts and adult leaders to showcase their own inventions, with separate divisions for each, and prizes and plaques for the top three places.

Participants will have the opportunity to explain, demonstrate and get feedback on their work from a panel of judges including professional inventor Steve Goldstein and Dr. Rob Duncan, former vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri and currently professor and distinguished chair in physics at Texas Tech.

Located on the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks near Laurie, Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation includes 450 acres and a mile and one-half of shoreline. The premier Scout camp in the Midwest, the reservation encompasses 13 scenic campsites for year-round use; a state-of-the-art swimming pool; facilities for climbing, shooting sports, and more; and the Sinquefield Invention Lab, the only facility of its kind at any Scout camp in the nation.

With headquarters in Columbia, MO, the Great Rivers Council of Scouts BSA serves youth and adults in 33 counties in central and northeast Missouri. The Council’s Invention Scouts program is made possible by generous support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The Invention Jamboree is presented by the Great Rivers Council and is co-sponsored by the Missouri Innovation Center and the Buttonwood Business Center. The Jamboree is open to members of Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts and Explorers from all Councils. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.bsa-grc.org/.

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May 2019
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