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We sincerely thank all of the people and companies who support this very special program. The students truly experience and embrace the “opportunities” of this "scholars" program at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Designed to educate the area’s students through research, coursework and hands-on experiences in the region’s businesses, the OSP program brings students and St. Louis professionals together in various learning and business situations. Through internships and other unique academic endeavors, students meet the leaders in their disciplines and fields of study. The program is designed for corporate sponsors to build relationships with these students and to be positioned to recruit them in the future for employment opportunities. 

AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. With a powerful array of network resources, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, and voice services. The company also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. For information, visit the AT&T website.

The Bellwether Foundation promotes the ideals and aspirations of its founders and supporters beyond their lifetimes by providing funds to organizations for projects which anticipate the future in the areas of the arts, computer science, education, finance, health care, medicine, and social services, including research in any of these areas. Information is available on the Bellwether Foundation website.

Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental service provider in the world. From airport and home city rentals to car sharing and fleet management, the company provides comprehensive business rental programs and sustainable transportation solutions for businesses and individuals. For more information, visit the Enterprise Holdings website.

Emerson, based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. For more information, visit the Emerson website.

Stan and Terry Freerks are both UMSL alumni, Stan (MBA 1992) and Terry (BA 1977, MEd 1979) Freerks wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of promising students. "We give because the university is incredibly vital to St. Louis and our community. UMSL adds such vitality to the region, and the university is so positive for the future of St. Louis."

Kwame Building Group is a preeminent provider of pure construction management services, overseeing every detail of a project. Its engineers, technical and contract staff ensure the ultimate performance, reliability, aesthetics, and safety standards at the lowest total life cycle cost. For more information, visit the Kwame Building Group website.

Martin Leifeld and Ellen Howe understand that education can change lives. As Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Martin has seen first-hand the how scholarship support provides opportunities students might not otherwise be able to afford, opportunities that change their futures and those of their families.

John F. McDonnell is a passionate supporter of STEM education and research. After retiring following a long and illustrious career with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, John has been actively involved in a variety of nonprofits designed to support researchers, entrepreneurs and others pioneering the sciences in St. Louis

Richard Miles and Patricia Whitaker are successful business leaders, committed community volunteers, and strong advocates for St. Louis. Dick has overseen the growth and development of market leading health care service delivery companies that have forged new categories in their sector.  Pat built an architectural and design company that is today one of the region’s most successful woman-owned businesses. Together, they have established a remarkable record of volunteerism and community support that has benefited dozens of area organizations.

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA) is a leader in the global life reinsurance industry and the only global reinsurance company to focus primarily on life and health-related reinsurance solutions. RGA core products and services include individual life reinsurance, individual living benefits reinsurance, group reinsurance, financial solutions, facultative underwriting and product development. Information is available on the Reinsurance Group of America website.

David and Thelma Steward are sponsors of the Opportunity Scholars Program. David is the founder of St. Louis-based World Wide Technology, Inc., a leading systems integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe. For more information, visit the World Wide Technology website.