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STLCC Students Receive Danforth Scholarships

Ayoub Benzzine and Janessa Johnson

Two St. Louis Community College students were selected to receive the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship by the Women’s Society of Washington University.

Ayoub Benzzine and Janessa Johnson were chosen for the competitive, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to students graduating from STLCC who will transfer to Washington University.

Benzzine studied at the Meramec campus as an Honors Program scholar and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He also worked as a campus tutor in math and physics. Benzzine also played on the STLCC men’s soccer team. The native of Rabat, Morocco, plans to study computer science at Washington University.

Johnson, who attended Florissant Valley, will be the student speaker at the STLCC Commencement. She has received the 2018 Annual Ox-Box Summer School of Art Scholarship. Her artwork was selected for St. Louis Varsity Art XXIII, a competition for top students from area colleges. She will pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in printmaking.

Students who complete 60 transferable credit hours from St. Louis Community College by the end of spring semester as well as apply and are admitted to Washington University are automatically considered for this unique, competitive scholarship.

Representatives from Washington University and the Women’s Society interview and select the scholarship recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Level of commitment to academic achievement
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • Clarity of goals – short- and long-term
  • Potential for leadership
  • Dedication to community service

Scholarship History
This scholarship program came into existence in response to Chancellor Thomas H. Eliot’s request to fund an annual scholarship for STLCC transfer students.

It is named in honor of Elizabeth Gray Danforth as an expression of gratitude and admiration for her service as first lady of Washington University for 24 years. She was wife, mother, community volunteer and valued partner of William H. Danforth, the university’s chancellor emeritus. Mrs. Danforth was an enthusiastic supporter of Washington University until her death in 2005.


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