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Community Highlights: Meet Ella Rogers of The Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ella Rogers. 

Hi Ella, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
The Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis was created by my daughter and I, whom personally felt the need to offer mentorship services and to promote financial aid awareness to students in underprivileged communities. We wanted to not only share our story, but we also wanted to assist others in making the collegiate dreams a reality. My daughter, whom was a first generational college student and I was a single-parent household. Together we researched scholarships, and my daughter applied and received over $100,000.00 in scholarships, to fund her undergraduate degree from Spelman College. Shortly after my daughter’s graduation from college, myself, my daughter, Tamara Rogers, as well as one of my great friends, Ola Drake decided to create an organization that would not only offer an annual scholarship but also assists other young ladies and their parents with finding financial aid and scholarships. Since then, they have managed to assist and offer support to a countless amount of students and their families. The Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis is also well-known for sending bi-annual care packages to Saint Louis native students, who attend college. The care packages consist of parish-able foods, snacks, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and gift cards. The Little Ladybug Foundation also partners with the Spelman College National Alumnae Association to fill trunks full of necessities for first-time college students. Also, in 2019 the Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis conducted a school supply drive for the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in Saint Louis, Mo, which managed to collect hundreds of school supplies for underprivileged students at the school. During the holidays, the Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis hosts an annual gathering, which allows both past and present students the opportunity to network and share ideas. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis has been able to continue its mission, by offering virtual conferences with prospective college students, and mentoring services to their current students. The founders of the Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis hope to continue to expand its organization and hopes to be able to offer support and assistance to a larger population of first-time college students and their families.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Given today’s economy, in addition to the recent outbreak of Covid-19, it has been a great challenge for our organization to gain sponsorships, and raise capital for the services and products we offer to our students and scholarship recipients.

As you know, we’re big fans of The Little Ladybug Foundation of Saint Louis. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
The Little Ladybug Foundation is a mentorship program, which offers assistance to young ladies, who profess an interest in higher education. The Little Ladybug Foundation offers leadership enrichment, college prep skills sessions, scholarship, and financial aid workshops, as well as annual college tours and book scholarships. We also send bi-annual care packages to our students in college, and we provide trunks full of supplies and necessities for our first-year students.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Our best advice for finding a mentor or for networking, in general, would be to seek partnerships with businesses and organizations with the communities that you plan to serve. For instance, we have partnered with Spelman College National Alumnae Organizational, to offer college and financial aid workshops, conferences and seminars, annual college scholarships, and annual college tours. The Spelman College National Alumnae Association has also offered us several networking opportunities, which has helped to expand our organization.

Furthermore, we conducted a school supply drive for the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in Saint Louis, Mo, which managed to collect hundreds of school supplies for underprivileged students at the school. This created a networking experience for us and allowed us to get our organization name out in the community.

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Tamara Rogers
Ella Rogers
Ola Drake
Dareyana Hopkins
Laila Hall
Skylr Smith
Courtney Harris

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1 Comment

  1. VALERIE WILLIAMS

    September 14, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    What an amazing article! Ella and Tamara go above and beyond to assist first-time college students be successful. I truly believe in the efforts of the Ladybug Foundation, it’s a needed asset for underserved communities. I will continue to donate and be apart of this organization! GREAT JOB LADYBUGS!

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