Three St. Louis Community College-Meramec students received prestigious academic scholarships as they transfer to local four-year institutions. Each of them graduated with associate degrees in general transfer studies in early May.
Bouse heads to Washington University in St. Louis
Madison Bouse was awarded the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. The two-year, full tuition scholarship is given annually to students who graduate from St. Louis Community College and transfer to Washington University.
Bouse graduated with a 4.0 GPA and an impressive résumé of extracurricular activities, including a leadership position with the International Club, writing for Meramec’s student newspaper, The Montage, serving as editor for the student literary magazine and working for the English department and campus Writing Center.
She plans to study anthropology, then continue to graduate school for archeology or museum studies. She is interested in Korean culture, having lived with a host family in Korea after high school and interned as an advocate for North Korean refugees prior to studying at Meramec.
“I really bonded with my instructors, which made all the difference in my experience at STLCC,” says Bouse. “I really feel like I’m leaving my family.”
Karakas to attend Webster University
Esma Karakas received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship from Webster University, which provides full-tuition for her next two years of school.
Karakas, a native of Turkey, graduated from the Honors program, made the 2018 All-Missouri Top 10 First Team, tutored in the Academic Support Center and was a supplemental instruction leader for multiple courses—accomplishments all the more impressive as English is her second language. She founded the ESL and International Students Outreach program, aimed at helping international students navigate the American educational system.
Karakas would like to go to law school to study international law, with the goal of starting an international human rights institution focused on advocacy and legal strategies for refugees.
“I want people to know that I feel really lucky to have been a part of this school,” says Karakas. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of these things if all of these people weren’t here to help and guide me.”
Langrehr graduated with a 4.0, while also holding leadership positions within Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, completing the Honors program and working in the Academic Support Center as a math tutor.
He plans to study mathematics and secondary education at UMSL, with plans to teach math at either the high school or college level. He also hopes to one day become an administrator.
“I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life at UMSL, knowing I have been so well prepared at STLCC,” says Langrehr. “Studying at Meramec has been my favorite educational experience in my life.”