Compassionate Memorial Scholarship

In Memory of Margaret & Virgil Chott

A Scholarship Fund With a Mission

Changing Lives Through a Love for Learning


Margaret Chott (1941-2018) and Virgil Chott (1934-2021) were both dedicated elementary educators. They were passionate about sharing the value of education and encouraging higher education with their students and family. 


Margaret taught kindergarten and 4th grade, and later taught Adult GED courses. She found teaching GED courses especially rewarding, and loved seeing the growth her students could achieve with effort and confidence. She believed every pupil had meaning and was capable of making an impact.


Virgil taught 5th grade and later became an elementary principal. Virgil was a first-generation college student. He worked full time in various jobs to afford tuition while attending college. After college he became an educator by weekday and a farmer by weekend on the Fenton farm on which he was born and raised. He retired from teaching to farm full-time at the same property. Margaret and Virgil farmed until they were physically unable. They taught their family work ethic and their family continues tending the land.


Their passion lied in instilling an appreciation of lifelong learning, and they believed in and encouraged all their pupils to obtain higher education. Margaret and Virgil believed that by educating others they could help shape other people’s futures, and they touched hundreds of lives by doing so.


Their granddaughter is a Fox High School alumna of the class of 2015, and a Registered Nurse specializing in mental and behavioral health and funds this scholarship opportunity in their honor, with support of the Chott family in recipient selection.


Our mission: to support the academic growth of those who plan to use a higher education to influence or benefit the mental and/or physical health of their communities over the course of their careers. 


Applications for the 2025 award cycle are open now!

Congratulations to our 2024 recipient : Jwan Alshati

of Seckman High School!

Jwan is a dedicated student, both academically and in extracurriculars including National Honor Society, FCCLA and Letterman's Club.  Her volunteer endeavors include Character Kids Club and National Institute of Refugee and Immigration Services of St. Louis. She will attend university in August for a Bachelor degree in nursing. 

"I came into America from Iraq at the age of 6. My parents had to restart their degrees through community college and from that, I learned that everyone has the ability to forge their destiny and make a profound impact on the world around them...Joining the nursing program [will] continue my education to specialize in mental health work for children."


2024 Honorable Mentions:


Hannah Easterday, Troy Buchanan High School

Edith Casiano Moreno, Parkway North High School

Elaina Cronin, New Haven High School


We had an outstanding pool of nearly 50 applicants from across Greater St. Louis in the 2024 award cycle!

You are all so talented and will do great things!