Maritz Grant Enables Webster Students to Serve the Community

Oct. 9, 2014

ST. LOUIS (OCT. 10, 2014) - St. Louis-based Maritz, a company that assists some of the world’s largest corporations to engage and inspire their employees, partners and customers, has awarded a $20,000 grant to Webster University’s Student Literacy Corps. The grant will support the work of student tutors during the 2014-2015 academic year.

“Maritz has been a long-time supporter of the Student Literacy Corps and their continued support will help extend this vital program,” said Brenda Fyfe, dean of the Webster University School of Education. “It is this type of community support that helps bring quality education and educational services to the St. Louis region.”

“We are very grateful for the continued support and partnership with Maritz,” said Kate Northcott, director of the Student Literacy Corps program. “This grant will ensure that Webster students can continue to tutor and that struggling readers will continue to enjoy the additional support and encouragement tutors provide.  In recent years, as St. Louis’ population of English Language Learners has grown, there has been an increasing need for tutors to serve students learning to read and write in English. With Webster’s strong international focus and international student population, we’re uniquely suited to serve their literacy needs.”

The Student Literacy Corps started as a service-learning project in the School of Education at Webster University in 1990 and has grown to include Webster University students from all disciplines. It enables University students to serve as reading tutors at elementary and secondary schools across the region, as well as social service agencies, with the goal of inspiring learners to better enable them to create their own success in school and the workplace. Maritz has helped fund the program annually since 2011.

“At Maritz, we are dedicated to empowering people to reach their full potential and ensuring bright futures for generations to come,” said Debbie Schirmer, community affairs director at Maritz. “Our philanthropic efforts focus on education as a way to unlock that potential, consequently, and we are proud to provide support for Webster University’s Student Literacy Corps.  Together, we are having a greater impact in the community and on our mutual commitment to education.”    

About Maritz – Maritz is a sales and marketing services company, which helps companies achieve their full potential through understanding, enabling, and motivating employees, channel partners and customers. Maritz provides marketing and customer research; communications; incentive initiatives; rewards and recognition programs; meeting, event & incentive travel management services; and consumer loyalty programs. We demonstrate our commitment to human potential by supporting  educational endeavors in our community.  For more information, visit or call 1-877-4MARITZ. Follow us on Twitter @Maritz_LLC.

About Webster

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.