Building Blocks Scholarships

Tuition Assistance for Students in

LESA-Member Schools 2020/2021

UPDATE 09/23/2020

LESA's scholarship funding has been exhausted at this time. Please contact the LESA office, (314) 200-0790 before completing the application.


LESA’s Building Blocks Scholarships offer tuition assistance to children who wish to attend LESA-member Lutheran elementary schools in the metropolitan St. Louis community. To date, LESA’s Building Blocks Scholarships have awarded 3,382 individual students with 8,628 scholarships totaling over $6.1 million. Today, one of every ten students in LESA schools receives help with the cost of elementary school tuition through Building Blocks Scholarships. Our goal is to give meaningful financial aid to all who qualify and complete an application.

Families may qualify for some level of tuition assistance from Building Blocks Scholarships or the Missouri District Scholarship Program (for students attending kindergarten-8th grade programs in Missouri LC-MS schools) if at least 10% of their income, as reported for the previous tax year, is used to cover the cost of their child's/children's Lutheran kindergarten-8th grade net tuition. Families expending less than 10% of their income on Lutheran elementary school tuition will be considered on a case-by-case basis to provide assistance where extenuating circumstances exist. 


Need-based tuition assistance is available to students in kindergarten through 8th grade who are enrolled in LC-MS Missouri District elementary schools through the Loftus Trust, a tuition-assistance fund gifted to the Missouri District. The application process and procedures below apply for families seeking funding from the Missouri District’s program. If your child is enrolled in a Missouri District school that is a member of LESA, only one application is required to receive consideration under both LESA’s Scholarship and the Missouri District Scholarship Programs.


Application Procedure for 2020/2021 Tuition Assistance through LESA’s Scholarship, Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE), and the Missouri District tuition-assistance programs:

To apply for assistance, families must submit an online application at

Scholarships do not renew automatically. Families seeking assistance with the cost of tuition through the Building Blocks Scholarships, LASE, or Missouri District programs must apply for funding each year, as available funding varies from year-to-year based on funds available and the number of students qualifying for assistance varies each year.

In addition to completing the application and paying the application fee, families must provide 2019 federal income tax documents, or other documents requested by FACTS in the application verification process, to substantiate financial need. 

UPDATE 3/30/2020

**Due to COVID-19, LESA is extending the scholarship application deadline and application complete/verified deadline.

Scholarship Application Deadline - April 10

Application complete/verified - April 30

**All documents must be submitted by April 16 in order for FACTS representatives to review them and mark your application as complete by April 30

1. All applications will be submitted ONLINE through FACTS,

2. To submit an application, each applicant family is required to pay a $35 fee; however, if parents of the student(s) are divorced, each household must submit an application.

3. Once your online application has been submitted, remember to immediately submit required income documentation to FACTS (2019 W-2’s , 2019 federal income tax form,  child support, social security, SNAP, as well as any other information the FACTS auditors request to confirm information submitted on the application) , following the instructions on the application screen. Income documents may be uploaded to your application using a scanner or mobile device.

4. Only those applications that are submitted online by midnight April 1, 2020 and are verified as "complete" by FACTS by April 15th, 2020 will be considered for an award during the May 2020 award committee meeting.

5. Please do not hesitate to contact the LESA office at 314-200-0790 if you have questions on Building Blocks Scholarships or Missouri District Scholarship programs or the LASE office at 314-268-1234 if you have questions on the Lutheran Association for Special Education tuition-assistance program.

6. FACTS service representatives are available to answer questions on the FACTS online application or required documentation.  They may be reached by telephone at 866-441-4637 Monday - Thursday from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM  or Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

7. Upon completion of application review and award determinations by the scholarship awards committees, school administrators and families will be notified of LESA’s Scholarship and Missouri District award decisions by May 31, 2020 directly by the LESA office.  Families submitting applications for LASE tuition assistance will be contacted directly by May 31, 2020 by the LASE office of those award determinations.

For more information on the LESA's Building Blocks Scholarships or Missouri District Scholarship programs,
email Maureen Gersman ( or Sue Nahmensen ( or call 314-200-0790.
Questions on the LASE scholarship program should be directed to Diane Stout at or by calling 314-268-1234.