Educational Institutions

Lutheran Elementary School Association

  • St. Louis, MO
  • https://www.lesastl.org

Mission Statement

The Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) privides financial resources for children in need to obtain Lutheran Christian education. We advocate and support efforts to improve the sustainability and quality of Lutheran Christian schools in the metro St. Louis area.
LESA serves children, families, and Lutheran schools in two distinct ways: providing need-based tuition-assistance to make Lutheran elementary school education affordable to families from all socio-econimic backgrounds in the St. Louis community, and to support the academic integrity of Lutheran schools by providing educational resources, including teacher and principal professional development, curriculum guide development, resources for student services, and other cost-effective programing.
LESA serves approximately 8,700 students attending Lutheran schools in the metro St. Louis area. LESA's membership currently is comprised of 31 Lutheran elementary schools, four Lutheran high schools, and three Lutheran education-related agencies.

Service Areas

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Missouri

The Lutheran Elementary School Association serves students, families, and Lutheran schools in a 54-mile radius of downtown St. Louis, MO.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Susan M. Nahmensen

Keywords

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Lutheran, elementary, scholarships, Christian, urban, community, development, immigrants, refugees, low income, poverty, at risk, at-risk, youth, St Louis, St. Louis, low-income,Missouri

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Also Known As

Lutheran Elementary School Association

EIN

43-1853158

 Number

8430354314

Physical Address

11123 South Towne Square, Suite F

St. Louis, MO 63123

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Protestant (X21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

We work in cooperation with the area schools and principals, and have established procedures and use financial guidelines (Federal Poverty Guidelines) to qualify families who apply for the scholarships. Scholarships are offered to those with the greatest financial need. With our established process, all monies awarded for scholarships are given directly to the schools and not the families. Last year, we awarded 154 scholarships, with a goal of increasing that number by 50 new scholarships every year.

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Service Areas

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Missouri

The Lutheran Elementary School Association serves students, families, and Lutheran schools in a 54-mile radius of downtown St. Louis, MO.

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LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Lutheran Elementary School Association

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Susan M. Nahmensen

BIO

Susan Nahmensen has served the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) for over 12 years as Director of the Building Block's Scholarship Fund, LESA's tuition-assistance program, and as COO and CEO for the last six years. Susan's passion for Lutheran education stems from the positive, life-changing impact the family's parish elementary school, local Lutheran high school, and Concordia University System had on her son and family. Susan sees Lutheran schools as a partner with the family and church - for children from all walks of life in the metro St. Louis community - to raise children to be all that God made them to be.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Daniel Quinn

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Term: May 2015 - May 2017

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