Tony Thompson Creates HSSU Scholarship | Economic news

Anthony “Tony” Thompson learned at an early age from his parents, Jack and Betty Thompson, a former state representative and community activist who served his community for over 40 years, the importance and value of education, of family and community. service.

As President and CEO of Kwame Building Group, Inc., Missouri’s first African-American ESOP company, Thompson provides young professionals with opportunities for growth, development and leadership. Also, through the Kwame Foundation, it awards scholarships to various institutions of higher education across the country to help remove the financial barrier that exists for many minorities and first-generation students.

“Giving back has always been a core family value,” Thompson said.

“My mother helped everyone. I remember when I was a child I accompanied her to distribute cheese and coats to families in need in Pruitt-Igoe. She taught my siblings and me that nothing was impossible; and that even though we came from humble beginnings and lived in a housing project in St. Louis, we could do anything. I feel blessed to be in the position where I am today to help these children and give back too.

Ms. Thompson, who died in July 2021, was born in Mississippi and later moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She was educated in St. Louis Public Schools, graduating from Sumner High School. She attended Harris-Stowe State University and Washington University in St. Louis, earning certificates in business and management.

Thompson said his mother’s example inspired him and his love for Harris-Stowe and the community led him to create the scholarship.

“My mother loved Harris-Stowe and this community. She would be happy to know that a scholarship established in her honor will help many students, who are also first-generation students, and help them pursue their dreams,” said Thompson.

The $100,000 Betty L. Thompson Endowed Scholarship will benefit full-time students with good academic standing in college.

“We are so grateful for Mr. Thompson’s legacy gift that will benefit students for years to come and honored that he chose Harris-Stowe State University as the location to commemorate his mother’s name,” said said Jeff Shaw, vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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