2011 H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson
National New Chapter of the Year

Sunnyside School District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars, Arizona

Congratulations to Arizona's Sunnyside School District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars, winner of the 2011 H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson New Chapter of the Year Award! The chapter, which was named the regional Chapter of the Year in our national region, received an additional monetary award as well as travel expenses to Scholarship America's 50th Anniversary Board of Trustees Meeting, where representatives were presented with their award at our 50th Anniversary dinner.

From their nomination: "The mission of the Sunnyside School District Alumni Association is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in the Sunnyside District. Its major activities are raising funds and awarding Dollars for Scholars scholarships, and organizing the annual Alumni Association Hall of Fame to recognize individuals for service to the community. It serves the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) community, where 88% of the students are Hispanic and 88% are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals."

2011 Regional New Chapters of the Year

In addition to the National New Chapter of the Year, these regional winners all received a monetary award from their region, plus a recognition plaque from the national office. After you've read the highlights from their nominations, check out the Chapters of the Year and Volunteers of the Year; you can also learn more about the award criteria or nominate a chapter through January 31!

2011 Indiana Dollars for Scholars New Chapter of the Year:
Dugger Dollars for Scholars

"Our chapter is in its infancy. Our charter was approved December 2, 2010. Our board is a fairly informal group of like-minded individuals who believe that the children in our community deserve an opportunity to better themselves thru an affordable education. We believe that if we give our community a way to help our students, that the community will be supportive."

2011 Northwest Dollars for Scholars New Chapter of the Year:
BHS Pay it Forward Dollars for Scholars

"BHS Pay It Forward Scholarship’s (BHS PIFS) mission is 'to empower an underrepresented segment of Bremerton High School graduates by greatly subsidizing their expenses at a 2 or 4 year college or university, and to encourage good citizenship by requiring recipients to 'Pay It Forward.'”

The Dream Award

Dream Award Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.

The Scholarship Coach

The Scholarship CoachScholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!

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