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Foundation Helps UCHS Students Attend Mizzou

Family and friends of the late Darren Valeriote have established “Darren’s Lions 2 Tigers Foundation, Inc.,” in support of University City High School graduates headed to the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou). The Foundation hosted its first fundraiser, a golf tournament, at Pevely Farms Golf Club in Eureka.

Darren’s brother Chris Valeriote, UCHS Class of 1984, said, “This is our way of honoring Darren who was a U. City graduate; attending from kindergarten at Flynn Park, then Brittany Woods and graduating from the high school in 1988.”

He added, “Darren was always so proud that he was a U. City grad. He developed a lot of friendships during his time at U. City that lasted his entire life.” In fact, Valeriote says Darren was part of a group of UCHS classmates who went on to study at Mizzou. “Decades later, they are still friends. It seemed like a natural transition to include Mizzou.”

UCHS scholarship candidates will be considered based upon academic excellence, community/volunteer service and an essay.

“College is expensive these days and every little bit helps,” Valeriote says. “I have one daughter in college and another soon to start. I thought it would be nice to provide some financial assistance to students who are following in Darren’s footsteps.”

Darren graduated from Mizzou in 1993 with a psychology degree and established a successful home healthcare business. Senior Services provides hourly or live-in help for seniors who wish to stay in their homes. He passed away in 2016. He is survived by his wife of more than 20 years, Stacey, and sons Steven, a Eureka High School graduate who attends Mizzou, and Alex, a current student at Eureka.

For more information about Darren’s Lions 2 Tigers Foundation or to discuss supporting The School District of University City or the University City Education Foundation, contact Lori Willis, director of development for the UCEF, at or (314) 290-4037.


Scholarship Foundation at board meeting

The University City Board of Education publicly recognized the leaders of the Darren’s Lions 2 Tigers Foundation, Inc. at the Feb. 15, 2018, school board meeting. They were acknowledged for their generous support in providing scholarship funds for UCHS students attending the University of Missouri - Columbia.