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Gateway Arch Celebrates 54th Anniversary
To celebrate the 54th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch, Oct. 28, 1965, WGU Missouri is offering the "Gateway to Your Future" scholarship for Missourians who want to enhance their careers with a college degree.
'Gateway to Your Future' Scholarship to Honor Gateway Arch's 54th Anniversary
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 13, 2019 - To celebrate the 54th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch, WGU Missouri is offering the "Gateway to Your Future" scholarship for Missourians who want to enhance their careers with a college degree.

The Gateway Arch opened Oct. 28, 1965, as a symbol of St. Louis and Missouri's role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the 19th century. WGU Missouri aims to honor this important legacy through this scholarship offering.

The "Gateway to Your Future" scholarships are each valued at up to $2,000 ($500 per six-month term renewable for up to four terms) and will be applied toward WGU Missouri's already-low tuition of $3,500 per six-month term for an undergraduate or graduate degree in information technology, nursing and healthcare, business, and teacher education. Applications are currently being accepted at through Dec. 31, 2019.

"The Gateway to Your Future scholarship is designed to serve as a reminder to Missouri residents of the role our state has historically played in helping people fulfill their goals," said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. "During the era of westward expansion, many Americans traveled through Missouri with dreams of building better lives for themselves and their families. We hope this scholarship will inspire those who have their own dreams of enhancing their lives by furthering their education to go back to school and complete their degrees."

To be eligible for the "Gateway to Your Future" scholarship, applicants must be new students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any of WGU Missouri's more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing.

Scholarships are competitive and will be awarded based on the student's academic record, previous college experience, readiness for online study, current competency, as well as other considerations.

Teen Center of Excellence to Open in Ferguson, MO
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 6, 2019 - The $12.4M Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence is one of the first in the county and will serve all teens ages 12-18, giving them a safe and prolific place to go each day after school and during the summer.

The 26,856 square-foot facility is strategically located on West Florissant Avenue surrounded by four school districts and will house a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gymnasium, intellectual commons, theater, green and drama room, fitness zone, gaming room, music and art studio, innovation center and office space. BGCSTL projects serving more than 1,500 teens annually.

In a release, BGCSTL president, Dr. Flint Fowler said, "This is certainly a proud moment in the history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. Teens deserve a safe place to grow and learn, exercise their creativity, explore their interests, and build meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults. Imagine how wonderful it would be if every community expressed this level of support for children. We are also excited to be a part of the wave of development along West Florissant including the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis's Empowerment Center and Plaza, the street scape project, Mercy Health Clinic and development of the Maline Greenway."

Construction partners on the project were Arcturis, KAI Design and Build, and The Striler Group. The Teen Center opens in mid-November. Registration/membership information can be found at or by calling 314-335-8240.

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'A Night for Life' at Touhill Showcases Ferguson Talent
A Night for LIFE at the Touhill
September 29, 2019 - Three generations of Ferguson took to the stage Sunday night at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, for a unique community celebration and tribute concert to the original soul of Ferguson, Michael McDonald, led by acclaimed artist Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul with guests Peter Martin, Shedrick Mitchell and Kennedy Holmes. Master of Ceremonies was Tim Ezell, with The Thread, airing Saturday mornings on Fox 2.

In addition to many Doobie Brothers' classics, McDonald and Owens also performed "For You," a song they recorded for Owens' "Soul of Ferguson" album. At the end of the concert, Owens thanked the enthusiastic audience in the nearly sold-out show. "When I look out there, and when you look up here, this is the Ferguson I know," Owens said proudly. "We're showing the world what it looks like to go from chaos to community."

Some of the young students who performed with the Voice finalist and Ferguson native, Kennedy Holmes, shared a special moment after the show. Holmes sang a heartful duet "On My Own" with McDonald. Visit Life Arts, Inc. for more information on its mission to develop the leaders of today, where they live, using the arts.

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Interactive Play Space Coming to Maplewood MetroBus Stop
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 29, 2019 - A joint initiative, known as the "Transit Stop Transformation Project," will convert the area at the southwest corner of Manchester Rd. and Marshall Ave. - adjacent to the Citizens National Bank parklet - into a fun, artistic space that encourages active play, cultivates community and increases transit use.

Public meetings are being held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse & Cafe (7298 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143, directly across from site) to determine what the community would like to see at the site.

Maplewood area residents, business leaders and transit riders are encouraged to attend or provide feedback via an online survey that can be found at

"Over the last several years, CMT and AARP St. Louis, have hosted a series of Pop-up Metro Markets to help area residents experience what it would be like if they could meet friends for coffee, grab groceries or take time out to relax, unwind or play in the vacant spaces currently surrounding MetroLink Stations," said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.

"We are very excited to be teaming up with the City of Maplewood, Citizens National Bank and KaBOOM! to be able to take an element of the 'pop-up' experience and turn it into a permanent installment at the Maplewood MetroBus stop," said Cella.

The partners will use the feedback from the Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 public meetings and the insights from the online survey to develop two or more conceptual designs for the space. Each will be presented to the community and voted on before final decisions are made and construction commences. The "Transit Stop Transformation Project" at the Maplewood stop is expected to be completed in Spring 2020. To learn more, call Citizens for Modern Transit at (314) 231-7272.

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