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St. Louis American Foundation

Constance Rush

The St. Louis American, the only African-American newspaper continuously published since 1928 and the longest continuously published weekly newspaper in the St. Louis area, established The St. Louis American Foundation in 1994. The St. Louis American Foundation is dedicated to enabling the African-American community to increase its access to careers in Business, the Sciences and the Humanities. The mission combines a primary interest in promoting educational opportunity with critical support for activities that move individuals towards being self-directed and pursuing constructive futures. The Foundation has distributed more than $5 million in local community grants and minority scholarships.

Deaconess Foundation funds The St. Louis American Foundation through the Deaconess COVID-19 Fellowship. The grant enabled The St. Louis American newspaper to hire its inaugural Deaconess Fellow to fulfill a one-year fellowship to support narrative journalism narrowly focused on sharing the personal stories of Black people and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across all coverage areas. The funding is a part of Deaconess’ investment in Black-led COVID-19 equitable relief and recovery efforts. Deaconess Foundation also partners with the St. Louis American Foundation and the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis to provide nearly $100,000 per year in local nursing scholarships.

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