Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former SCC students who have become leaders in their professions and give back to their communities.

We are always accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Laura Helling, 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Laura HellingAs the Director of Development for Wings of Hope, an international non-profit organization, Laura Helling travels the globe, supporting humanitarian efforts that lift people out of poverty. In fact, over the past year she’s been to more than 100 villages in a half dozen countries.

When Laura attended St. Charles Community College almost 20 years ago, she had no idea this is where her career would take her. What she did know, was that she just needed a start. And, being a mother of five, SCC was the perfect choice for her as it was close by and offered a flexible schedule.

Laura described her teachers as phenomenal. She said she enjoyed the academic environment and gained a set of skills at SCC that prepared her for success. So much so that after earning an Associate of Arts degree, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University and then a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Along the way, she served as the executive director of the Foundry Art Centre, and was cultural arts supervisor for the City of St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, helping the organization to grow and coordinating grassroots efforts to establish local interest in the arts.

Beyond her work, she contributes to the community. She served on the Arts and Culture Commission with the City of St. Charles. She is a founding board member of Riverside Shakespeare Theatre Co., a board member for the Festival of the Little Hills, a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and is a member of Lambert Airport’s Art Advisory Committee.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Natalie Greene
Dr. Natalie Greene
LCDR Tina Marie Cox, 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
LCDR Tina Marie Cox
James Hall
James Hall
Jim Dryer
Jim Dreyer
Jennifer White
Jennifer White
Terri Ingracia
Terri Ingracia

Diana Graveman
Dianna Graveman
Karen Sieve
Karen Sieve