MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
This year marks Scholarship America’s 50th anniversary of helping students across the nation succeed in attaining access to a college education. Through the efforts of thousands of volunteers, donors and staff, we’ve awarded more than $2.7 billion to 1.8 million students!
This past year – my first leading the incredible team of staff and volunteers here at Scholarship America – has been one of growth and change. Organizationally, our operating methods hadn’t really changed much over our first 50 years. Many of our 1,000-plus Dollars for Scholars chapters were still using paper scholarship applications and time-consuming manual evaluation methods. Despite the incredible impact we’ve had on students, we needed to modernize and begin investing in technology to support operations. And in the past, our mission and goals have been focused on college access, rather than completion. Helping students get into college or vocational school isn’t enough anymore.
Fast forward to today: we are launching a long-range strategic plan focused on student completion. We are launching a new scholarship program, the Scholarship America National Fund, which will reward eligible students who have completed one year of education beyond high school with renewable scholarship awards of increasing value to reward persistence in program completion. And we are implementing a revolutionary technology tool for chapter management, including an online scholarship application process. This tool, called ChapterNet, both allows chapters to streamline operations and provides greater value to students who, when they set up a profile in the system, will be alerted of additional scholarships and other opportunities that will help them achieve postsecondary success.
Investing in students is an investment in our national economy, and we are thrilled to be laying the groundwork for the future of students across the country. We thank you for your support.
Lauren A. Segal, President & CEO
50 YEARS OF HELPING STUDENTS SUCCEED
It started as a simple idea: If everyone in the community would donate just $1, they could send all graduating seniors to college with scholarships. This idea became Dr. Irving A. Fradkin's platform for school board election—and grew into the nation's first grassroots, community scholarship program. A 1958 headline read "Mrs. Roosevelt Pleased With Scholarship Program," and support for Dollars for Scholars came pouring in from other national figures—including President Eisenhower and then-Senator John F. Kennedy.
From these beginnings, Scholarship America has become a nationwide leader in helping students with their educational dreams. Click the arrows to learn more about the past, present and future of Scholarship America.
SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA 50TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO
This video takes a look back at Scholarship America's 50 years of helping students -- featuring narration from our founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin.
FISCAL YEAR 2011 FACTS AND FIGURES
In Fiscal Year 2011, Scholarship America's programs—Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Management Services, Dreamkeepers, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and Collegiate Partners—distributed 107,000 total scholarships in the amount of $205,000,000 dollars. Students like Viviana were among the hundreds of thousands of young people assisted by Scholarship America this year.
Click the arrows to see details of our scholarship distribution. For full financial reports, click the "Financials" tab at right, and to support Scholarship America click "Donate."