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The Boatman King Scholarship Foundation was established in honor and memory of Robert Lee Boatman and Luberta King. These two individuals were employees and friends of Carl Dothage. Mr. Boatman and Mrs. King were hard working African American St. Louisans, dedicated church members and very concerned about young people.

On November 24, 2000, a meeting was convened with Carl Dothage, Ken Dothage, Mary Anne Hoppe and Carol Vaughn present. Ms. Vaughn is a descendent of Robert Lee Boatman. At this meeting, it was decided to annually offer a one year, renewable $1,000.00 scholarship to a hard working student who demonstrates a financial need, attends the St. Louis Public Schools, and shows strong values and integrity, including participation in community activities.

Mrs. Mary Anne Hoppe and Dr. Wanda C. Clay were appointed to the educational selection committee based on their past and present involvement in the St. Louis Public School system.

The top applicants are scheduled for a personal interview with Mrs. Hoppe and Dr. Clay, and other committee members. The interview questions are designed to allow the applicant to express, in person, their qualifications and need. The selection committee selects and notifies the two annual recipients. All interviewees are notified of the results by mail. The checks are presented to the recipient students at the annual Boatman/King Scholarship luncheon in June of each year.

June 2007 brought a change to the Boatman/King Scholarship. After the tragic death of Christopher Dothage, a promising college student and Carl Dothage’s grandson, a second $1,000.00 annual scholarship was added in honor and memory of Christopher Dothage.

In January 2024, it was decided to increase the amount of the scholarship to $2000.00.

Robert Lee "Bo" Boatman

The Boatman King Scholarship Committee:

Mr. Carl Dothage,  - Trustee

Mr. Ken Dothage-  B.S. - Finance

Mrs. Mary Anne Hoppe, M.Ed -Educational Advisor

Dr. Wanda C. Clay, Ed.D

Mrs. Tara Rehm, MS-CCC

Mrs. Helena Ward, M.Ed

Mr. Michael Dothage, B.A

Contributing to the Scholarship

The Boatman King Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to the Boatman/King Scholarship Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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