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 eleventh time, the Affton Education Foundation awarded renewable $2,500 scholarships to be used for attendance at a four-year college or university. The five 2018 AEF scholarship recipients are:

Lori Eckhardt - University of Kansas
  • Student Council – 4 years; Treasurer in Senior Year
  • Technology Student Association – 4 years; Vice-President in Junior Year
  • Key Club – 4 years; Vice-President in Junior Year; President in Senior Year
  • National Honor Society – 2 years
  • Varsity Girls Golf – 2 years
  • Debate Team – 2 years; Treasurer in Junior Year
  • Missouri Girls State Participant
  • AHS Fall Plays & Spring Musicals – 4 years; Thespian
  • Will attend University of Kansas to study Mechanical Engineering
Lydia Ham - Maryville University
  • National Honor Society – 2 years
  • HOSA – 4 years; top 5 in State competition in Junior Year
  • Member of Student Council, TREND, Cats Crew and FCCLA
  • Captain of both JV and Varsity Cheerleading Teams
  • Varsity Sports Club – 4 years; Secretary in Senior Year
  • PLTW (BioMed) participant – 3 years
  • Scholar Athlete and AHS Honor Roll
  • Participated in NCADA Prevention Leadership Conferences
  • Will attend Maryville University to study Physical Therapy
Jasmine Hunt - St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Student Council – 4 years; Vice-President in Senior Year
  • National Honor Society – 2 years; Parliamentarian in Senior Year
  • HOSA – 4 years; 5th place in grade 10 & 4th place in grade 11 at State Competition
  • Member of TREND, FCCLA and Varsity Sports Club
  • Cheerleading – 4 years; Captain of Varsity Cheerleading Team in Senior Year
  • Scholar Athlete and AHS Honor Roll – 4 years
  • Prevention Leadership Conference & FCCLA Leadership Conference participant in 2016
  • PLTW (BioMed) participant – 3 years
  • Will attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy to work toward her Doctorate in Pharmacy degree
Pamela Petterchak - Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Student Council – 4 years; Vice-President in Junior Year
  • Technology Student Association – 4 years; President in Junior Year; Treasurer in Senior Year
  • National Honor Society – 2 years; President in Senior Year
  • Venturing BSA – 4 years; many leadership positions, awards and recognitions
  • Founder of the Innovation Club / Cougar Innovation Association
  • Participant in Mathletes, TEAMS, FIRST Robotics Team, AHS STEMinist Society and PLTW
  • Scholar Athlete and AHS Honor Roll – 4 years
  • Band, Drum Line, AHS Fall Plays & Spring Musicals; Thespian
  • Varsity Girls Swimming – 4 years; Girl’s Captain (3 years) and Boy’s Manager (2 years)
  • Will attend Missouri University of Science & Technology to study Computer Engineering
Samantha Serra - Saint Louis University
  • Student Council – 4 years
  • HOSA – 4 years; Secretary in Sophomore Year; President in Senior Year
  • Member of National Honor Society and Varsity Sports Club
  • Volleyball – JV for 1 year; Varsity for 4 years
  • Varsity Basketball – 4 years; Captain – 3 years; Cougar Award and MVP Awards; 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-District and All-Tournament 5 times
  • Varsity Soccer – 4 years; Captain – 2 years; 1st Team All-Conference
  • Scholar Athlete and AHS Honor Roll – 4 years
  • Student of the Month & Athlete of the Month Award Winner
  • Will attend Saint Louis University to study Health Sciences

The Rickli Family Endowed Scholarship to Truman State University in Kirksville, MO

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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 2018 recipient is:

Ryan Meyer
  • Mathletes – 1 year
  • Debate Team – 1 year
  • Cross Country – 2 years; Captain 2014-2016
  • Track & Field – 3 years
  • Swim Team – 1 year
  • Theatre – 2 years
  • Choir – 1 year
  • Honor Roll – 4 years
  • Will attend Truman State University to study Physical Education

The Coach Don Kuhn Endowed Scholarship to Westminster College in Fulton, MO

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Funded by Kent ('58) and Judy ('61) Mueller. The 2018 recipient is:

Shelby Harrison
  • National Honor Society – 2 years
  • Student Council – 3 years
  • Key Club – 2 years; served as Vice President
  • TREND – 2 years
  • Band – 4 years; lettered all 4 years; 2nd/3rd chair clarinet
  • Chess Club (2 years) and Theatre (1 year)
  • Honor Roll all 4 years
  • Received “Future Chief Operations Officer,” “Tiger Excellence” and “Great Character” Awards and the “Gauss Award for
  • Excellence in Mathematics”
  • Will attend Westminster College to study Biology

Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship

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Established to provide college scholarship funds to students who have displayed outstanding leadership, dedication and sportsmanship while participating in an Affton High School athletic program - $2,500, renewable up to 4 years.  The 2018 recipient is:

Madison Walker
  • Student Council – 4 years
  • National Honor Society – 2 years
  • Class Officer – 2 years
  • HOSA – 4 years
  • Member of Key Club, French Honor Society and Theatre
  • TEAMS Captain (3 years) and Mathletes member (4 years)
  • Academic Honors (4 years) and AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Cross Country (4 years); Varsity Swim Team (4 years) and Captain; Varsity Volleyball Team (4 years) and Captain; Varsity Track & Field (2 years) and Captain; Manager & Game Filmer of Football Team (4 years)
  • Scholar Athlete (4 years), Varsity Track Leadership Award (2017), Athlete of the Month for Cross Country and Volleyball (Sept 2017), and recipient of the Madison Walker Award for Volleyball (Fall 2017)
  • Will attend UMKC, Rockhurst, SLU or Washington University to study Biology/Pre-Med

Affton Education Foundation $2,500 Interest-Free Loan

The AEF offers a $2,500 interest free loan. The 2018 recipients are:

Nicole Gallarde
  • HOSA – 4 years
  • National Honor Society – 2 years; Secretary in Senior Year
  • Member of Mathletes, TEAMS and Theatre
  • Varsity Girls Swimming – 4 years; Captain in Senior Year; Boys Swimming Manager (1 year)
  • Affton Orchestra (2009-2018); MSHAA Solo & Ensemble “Excellent” Ratings (4 years)
  • Scholar Athlete (4 years), Honor Roll (4 years) and Student of the Month (Nov 2016)
  • Won the Nancy Neider Award for Literary Excellence and the National Spanish Examination Honor Award
  • Will attend Saint Louis University to study Neuroscience

Affton Alumni Association Scholarship

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This Scholarship is offered by the Affton Alumni Association and awards a $1,000 scholarship. The 2018 recipient is:

Jessica Pierre - Southeast Missouri State University
  • HOSA – 4 years
  • Student Council (4 years) and Senior Class Officer (1 year)
  • National Honor Society (2 years) and National French Honor Society (3 years)
  • Member of Varsity Sports Club, Drumline, TREND, Students Fighting Hate and STL CAPS
  • Varsity Dance (3 years) and Varsity Track (3 years)
  • Active in Theatre for 4 years (Director, Stage Manager, Producer); Thespian Society
  • Scholar Athlete (3 years) and Honor Roll (3 years)
  • Wendy’s Heisman School Winner (Jan 2018)
  • Participant in Girl Scouts of America and Affton Orchestra
  • Will attend Southeast Missouri State University to study Nursing

Speiser Family Chess Grants

The following participants in the Affton High School Chess Tournament received stipends provided by James Speiser, Pete Ambrose and Kurt Jaeger.

First Place – ($2500) – Alexander Ertmann
Second Place – ($1000) – Cameron Mills (junior)
Third Place – ($500) – Jacob Minner (freshman)