Supporting College Goals

In recent years, only 50% of Affton graduates attended a two-year college and 25% enrolled in four-year schools, choices often made due to economic realities. The Affton Education Foundation serves to inspire students to attend the college of their first choice where they can achieve their educational goals.

The Foundation awards up to six $2,500 renewable college scholarships to qualifying Affton High graduates each year, funding them from gifts and income from the Foundation endowment fund. Principally through a 5 year matching challenge grant from William (’63) and Nancy (’65) Thompson, the Foundation’s endowment fund has now grown to in excess of $1.7 million. In addition to these scholarships, the Foundation also awards two full tuition, four-year scholarships funded by separate alumni endowments: The Coach Don Kuhn Endowed Scholarship to Westminster College, funded by Kent (’58) and Judy (Laudenslager - '61) Mueller and the Rickli Family Endowed Scholarship to Truman Sate University, funded in honor of Miss Doris Ahrens by Kenneth ('58) and Cathy Rickli.

In 2013, the Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship was established to provide college scholarship funds to a student who has displayed outstanding leadership, dedication and sportsmanship while participating in an Affton High School sponsored athletic program. Funded by the family and friends of Jim Hoots ('67), the scholarship awards $2,500, renewable for 3 years.

Since the fall of 2010, the Foundation has sponsored a series of overnight college campus visits for AHS students. Attended by Affton juniors and seniors, the trips serve to educate and inform students as to their various post-secondary options, as well as to provide an opportunity that many might not otherwise be able to experience. Meeting with students, professors and college presidents has been truly life-changing for these students.

To donate to any of the scholarship funds listed above, click on the “Donate Now” button on the right hand side. Thank you for your generosity to our Affton students!

Affton Education Foundation Scholarship

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For the ninth time, the Affton Education Foundation awarded renewable $2,500 scholarships to be used for attendance at a four-year college or university. The five 2016 AEF scholarship recipients are:

Joshua Bohall, University of Kansas
Joshua Bohall (also received AEF Interest-Free Loan)
  • Student Council – President 12th grade; Executive Committee 10th & 11th grade
  • National Honor Society – inducted 11th grade; Vice-President 12th grade
  • International Thespian Society – Troupe 1734 – President 12th grade; Vice-President 11th grade
  • Active in Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Arrow; Eagle Scout and Eagle Scout Palms
  • Honor Roll and Scholar Athlete all 4 years
  • Missouri Boys State – 11th grade
  • Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track
  • Over 250 total Community Service hours
  • Will attend the University of Kansas to study Engineering
Bre' Anna Holt, Bellarmine University
  • Active Member of Job’s Daughters – received Grand Master’s Youth Award and Job’s Daughter’s Spirit Awards
  • Affton High School Band – Lettered every year
  • National Honor Society – Treasurer senior year
  • Key Club – President senior year; Vice-President junior year
  • Attended Missouri Girls State
  • FCCLA (Family, Community and Career Leaders of America) – Secretary
  • Mentoring Matters Mentor
  • Cats Crew
  • Will attend Bellarmine University to study Business Administration
Kiersten Maurer, Loyola University
  • Student Council – senior year
  • GSA – Vice-President
  • Cats Crew
  • Participated in Theatre, Film Club, Art Club and Chemistry Club
  • Mathletes 2014 & 2015
  • Young Life and Best Buddies – 2014
  • Girls’ Soccer 2013 and Girls’ Swim Team 2014-2015
  • Honor Roll and Student Athlete
  • Yale Book Award recipient
  • Will attend Loyola University in Chicago
Lejla Suljevic, University of Pittsburgh
  • HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) member – MO State 1st place Forensic Science, Nationals Qualifier
  • DECA/FBLA
  • Student Council 2013-2016
  • Girls JV Soccer Captain and Girls Varsity Soccer team member
  • Martial Arts – First Degree Black Belt
  • STLCaps A@PS – senior year
  • Volunteer for Special Olympics, Barnes Jewish Hospital Trauma Center Moulage & Radiation Center, St. Anthony’s Mass Casualty Simulation and Barnes Jewish Siteman Cancer Center
  • High Honor Roll 2012-2016
  • Student of the Month – February 2015
  • Will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study Biology/Pre-Med
April Votrain, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • Project Lead the Way participant (Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering & Architecture)
  • National Honor Society – inducted junior year; Historian senior year
  • French National Honor Society – sophomore thru senior years
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science at Affton High School – Awarded by University of Missouri – St. Louis in March 2015
  • TSA (Technology Student Association) member
  • TEAMS participant and MATHlete
  • Honor Roll and Student of the Month
  • Will attend Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville to study Civil Engineering

The Coach Don Kuhn Endowed Scholarship to Westminster College

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Funded by Kent ('58) and Judy ('61) Mueller. The 2016 recipient is:

Jonathan Neaf
  • Active in Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow
  • Student Council – Executive Committee
  • MATHletes – (2013 to present) Co-Champion sophomore year
  • GSA member
  • Young Democrats member
  • Project Lead the Way Program (2012-2015)
  • Will attend Westminster College to study Political Science

The Rickli Family Endowed Scholarship to Truman State University

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This scholarship, funded by Ken ('58) and Cathy Rickli and dedicated to Miss Doris Ahrens, provides a renewable, full-tuition scholarship to Truman State University. The 2016 recipient is:

Jordan Siegel
  • DECA (2014-2016)
  • Varsity Sports Club (2012-2016)
  • Affton METC Cyber-Bullying Summit
  • Varsity Football (2012-2016) – Team Captain 2015; All-Time Leading Scorer
  • Varsity Track (2012-2016) – Team Captain 2016
  • Rams Blitz and Breast Cancer Awareness Pink-Out Football Game
  • Volunteer Referee – Flag Football
  • Will attend Truman State University to study Business

Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship

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A proud 1967 graduate of Affton High School, and a much beloved teacher and coach, Jim Hoots passed away in October 2013. In an effort to keep his legacy alive, the Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide college funds for Affton High School scholar athletes. The 2016 recipient is:

Tyler Burrus - Missouri Western State University
  • Varsity Football (2012-2015 seasons) – Senior Captain, Conference Defensive Player of the Year 2015, First Team All-District Linebacker 2014 & 2015, Second Team All-Metro Linebacker 2015, Second Team All-State Tight End/Receiver 2015 and Third Team All-State Linebacker 2014 & 2015
  • Junior Varsity Basketball (2012-2013 season)
  • Varsity Track & Field (2013-2015 seasons)
  • Varsity Sports Club (2012-2016)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2013-2016)
  • National Honor Society member
  • French Honor Society member
  • Scholar Athlete Award (2012-2015)
  • Honor Roll – five semesters
  • Will attend Missouri Western State University to major in Physical Education and minor in Coaching

Affton Education Foundation Loan

The AEF offers a $2,500 interest free loan. The 2016 recipients are:

Ziyodakhon Abdurakhmanova – University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • National Honor Society – Secretary senior year
  • A+ Program – completed 50+ hours of tutoring
  • HOSA (2013-present)
  • Project Lead the Way
  • MATHletes (2012 to present)
  • Honor Roll
  • Cats Crew
  • Junior Intern – St. Louis Science Center
  • Shadowed nurses at Lutheran Convalescent Home and Mercy Clinic Pediatrics
  • Missouri House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition and Lisa Bertani Award
  • Will attend University of Missouri – St. Louis to study Nursing
Yalda Mohamad-Gul - Fontbonne University
  • DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Club Founder
  • DECA-FBLA member
  • A+ Program
  • Cats Crew
  • A@PS Affton Advanced Professional Studies participant
  • Volunteered for St. Anthony’s Hospital Moulage
  • Will attend Fontbonne University to study Nursing
Joshua Bohall, University of Kansas
Joshua Bohall (also received AEF Scholarship)
  • Student Council – President 12th grade; Executive Committee 10th & 11th grade
  • National Honor Society – inducted 11th grade; Vice-President 12th grade
  • International Thespian Society – Troupe 1734 – President 12th grade; Vice-President 11th grade
  • Active in Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Arrow; Eagle Scout and Eagle Scout Palms
  • Honor Roll and Scholar Athlete all 4 years
  • Missouri Boys State – 11th grade
  • Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track
  • Over 250 total Community Service hours
  • Will attend the University of Kansas to study Engineering

Affton Alumni Association Scholarship

This Scholarship is offered by the Affton Alumni Association and awards a $1,000 scholarship. The 2016 recipient is:

Yalda Mohamad-Gul - Fontbonne University
  • DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Club Founder
  • DECA-FBLA member
  • A+ Program
  • Cats Crew
  • A@PS Affton Advanced Professional Studies participant
  • Volunteered for St. Anthony’s Hospital Moulage
  • Will attend Fontbonne University to study Nursing