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Meet the newest UMSL Bridge Program Express Scripts Scholars

Since Express Scripts first announced the major investment two years ago, a dozen north St. Louis County teens have benefited from the scholarship support, including (front row, from left) Kendra Clark, Danielle Fedrick, Kalynn Clinton, Mya Miranda, Nick Rosario and Ahriel Foreman along with (back row, from left) Kevin Hall, Jenita Larry, Matthew Ayinmodu, Faith Ferguson and Sarah Staples.
Since Express Scripts first announced the major investment two years ago, a dozen north St. Louis County teens have benefited from the scholarship support, including (front row, from left) Kendra Clark, Danielle Fedrick, Kalynn Clinton, Mya Miranda, Nick Rosario and Ahriel Foreman along with (back row, from left) Kevin Hall, Jenita Larry, Matthew Ayinmodu, Faith Ferguson and Sarah Staples.

Mya Miranda finds it difficult to put into words how much her scholarship to attend the University of Missouri–St. Louis has meant on a personal level. A 2017 graduate of Hazelwood West High School, she finished her senior year with flying colors. But until just recently, a four-year university seemed out of reach.

“For a while, I didn’t think that I would be able to afford anything beyond community college,” explains Miranda, now a biology major at UMSL. “This scholarship made it possible, and I love college so far. It feels as though everything I am learning is extremely interesting and is, most importantly, applicable to my life.”

She and four other new students, all hailing from north St. Louis County, comprise the second-ever cohort of UMSL Bridge Program Express Scripts Scholars. Along with Miranda, Kevin Hall, Matthew Ayinmodu, Nick Rosario and Kendra Clark are setting out on their undergraduate careers on solid footing – and with solid funding in place – thanks to a major investment first announced by Express Scripts in the fall of 2015.

Each scholar receives up to $15,000 a year toward tuition and student-housing costs, plus peer mentors at UMSL and networking, internship and mentoring opportunities at the neighboring Express Scripts headquarters.

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