It was a packed room at the Embassy Suites-St. Louis Airport as SSF held it's annual celebration in honor this years' scholarship

    recipients.  This year, the foundation awarded scholarships to four talented,  hardworking, deserving students for a total of 15 in

    the short time since it was established just four years ago.  This year, featured guest speaker Everett E. Stuckey who after

    delivering a poignant address to the guests and recipients presented each with two gifts; a mirror for introspection and a copy of

    the Dr. Suess classic children's book whose message now holds even greater meaning as they embark on the next phase of their

    lives.  Once again, the auction provided more than a bit of excitement as spirited bidding made it the most successful yet!  Stacy

    Smith Foundation would like to thank all who participated in making this celebration of our youth a huge success.  We look forward

    to seeing you again next year!  
Stacy Smith Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to college bound students in th St. Louis Metropolitan Area.  The Foundation
was established in late 2007 in effort to turn tragedy into triumph.  The Stacy Smith Foundation honors the remarkable life Stacy Smith led
and will continue the works and teachings that Stacy lived by.

    Everett E. Stuckey Sr. is a native of Pine Bluff and a graduate of The
    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  He is President of the Gateway Chapter
    of the Arkansas-Pine bluff alumni Association and an active member of
    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  He enjoyed a 33 year career in public school
    education as a teacher and coach including 31 years in East St. Louis,
    Illinois.  He was President of the American Federation of Teachers Union. He
    has been involved with youth workforce development for over 4 decades
    and was director of the St. Louis County Summer Youth Employment
    Program for 20 summers.  He has been a panelist and presenter on union
    and workforce issues on numerous occasions.  He sits on the Youth
    Councils in St. Louis County and in St. Clair county, Illinois.  He is a member
    of Mid America Workforce Investment Board of  Illinois where he resides in
    Fairview Heights.  In June of 2000 he joined the Urban League of
    Metropolitan St. Louis and is the vice President for Youth Services,
    overseeing the Workforce Investment Act and Jobs for Missouri Graduates
Stacy Smith Foundation hosts it's 4th Annual Awards Banquet

                                                                                                                                                                      Jasmine Straughter

Jasmine Straughter

    Given the recent growth of the foundation, now in its 4th year, and in recognition of the
    fact that Stacy was a former student at Clyde C. Miller Academy, SSF decided to
    designate one scholarship each year to be awarded to a deserving student from the
    school's graduating class, the Phoenix Award.  This year, Jasmine Straughter was its
    first recipient. She plans to major in accounting at the University  of Missouri-St. Louis
    this fall.  Way to go Jasmine!