2012 National Dollars for Scholars Award Winners

Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars chapters and volunteers do great things across the nation for their local students; we were pleased to honor our regional Chapters of the Year and Volunteers of the Year this spring, and after a great deal of deliberation, our panel of judges are proud to name the following national winners for 2012. Congratulations to: 

The Dr. Irving Fradkin National Chapter of the Year
Oldham County Dollars for Scholars, Kentucky

The H. Stuart & Marlys C. Johnson National New Chapter of the Year
Tri-West Dollars for Scholars, Indiana

The Ralph "Cy" Seifert National Volunteer of the Year
Kathy Wright, Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, California

The Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year
Finnie Ng, Los Angeles, California (Lincoln Heights Dollars for Scholars) 

Of all the incredible chapters and volunteers across the nation, the efforts of these four stood out as the best of the best. Our student winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship for her first year of college, and our chapter and volunteer winners will each receive $2,000 to use for scholarships in their chapter. All of the winners will be honored at Scholarship America's annual fall meeting October 25th in Iowa.

2012 Dr. Irving Fradkin National Chapter of the Year

Oldham County Dollars for Scholars, Kentucky

"Our general mission is to provide scholarships to high school graduates who reside in Oldham County that will help them achieve their educational goals. As more community members learn about the chapter and volunteer to assist us, we find that 'providing scholarships' is a multifaceted mission. We've begun to not only to provide scholarships but also to encourage students to pursue their post-secondary educational dreams."

"We've also recently implemented an internship program that allows our business sponsors to contact previous Oldham County DFS scholarship recipients with internship opportunities, hoping to create success stories for our students. We also realize that it's important for our community to encourage its students to return to their community upon graduation from college, and helping businesses to connect with these student leaders is a valuable service to our community."

2012 H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson
National New Chapter of the Year

Tri-West Dollars for Scholars, Indiana

"We are fully committed to aiding the students of the Tri-West community. Our goal is to provide students with a means of additional funding to be used for their further education. We consider this an investment in the youth of our three small towns, and we are the support and organizing backbone for the fundraising of scholarships in the community."

"Through our many efforts to publicize our mission, community members are becoming very aware of our Tri-West Dollars for Scholars chapter and its function. Ours is a small, tightly knit community; the news of the creation and distribution of 17 new Dollars for Scholars scholarships spread quickly through our community with pride and excitement. As this is only our second year of formation, we are actively considering many procedures that could better our chapter including an impact measurement assessment."

2012 Ralph "Cy" Seifert National Volunteer of the Year

Kathy Wright, Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars (California)

"Kathy is the the ultimate advocate for education. She is the former Superintendent of Alvord Unified School District, one of the districts that our organization serves. As Superintendent, she always kept continuing education as the forefront of her focus, which is probably part of what brought her to serve as a founding board member for our chapter.

Since the organization's inception, Kathy has been a tireless advocate for Dollars for Scholars as a Board Member, and has used her involvement both professionally and philanthropically to help expand our scholarship opportunities and act as an advocate for post-secondary education among our youth. She has been the organization's key visionary, dedicated board member, and cheerleader. She has sacrificed an insurmountable amount of her time, and skill to contribute to the community as a board member for Greater Riverside DFS."

2012 National Student Volunteer of the Year

Finnie Ng, Los Angeles, California

Finnie Ng just graduated from Abraham Lincoln Senior High School in Los Angeles, CA. She is planning to attend the University of California-Berkeley and pursue a career in Health and Medicine. In her 4 years of high school she has participated in 12 different community service activities, earning 26 offices and awards, and contributing over 4,000 hours of her time. 

As she wrote in an essay about her educational goals, Finnie has learned that "[t]here's an especially high need for caring doctors in my community, and [after I graduate] that is where I plan to design health education and outreach programs. ... I understand that cheap healthcare isn't available and can be an issue for those who face financial problems, so I look forward to starting a firm for low-income families. I want to serve the community where I grew up and become a role model for younger individuals and inspire them to also make a positive change in their community."

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