The Opportunity Scholars Program

Program provides opportunities for St. Louis’ first-generation college students.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis created The Opportunity Scholars Program last year to recruit first-generation college students and increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, math and related fields.

The university selects up to 10 students each year to participate in the program, which includes a full four-year scholarship and residential package. Scholarship recipients receive individualized academic, career and life-skills coaching. Summer jobs and internships with the university’s corporate partners enable students to gain professional experience and build relationships.

Brian Pickens, an 18-year-old graduate of Hazelwood (Mo.) East High School, is one of seven students in the first cohort of scholarship recipients. They began attending classes in the fall.


Posted on Aug 01, 2011.

Brian Pickens and Nicholas Bolden

UMSL freshmen Brian Pickens (left) and Nicholas "Daniel" Bolden walk to class on the university’s North Campus. The two are friends and participants in The Opportunity Scholars Program, which enrolled its first cohort in the fall. (Photo by August Jennewein)

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