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Dreamkeepers Program History
Scholarship America established Dreamkeepers in partnership with Lumina Foundation in 2004. Funding from Lumina Foundation resulted in the program being implemented in 11 community colleges throughout the United States in 2005. In 2008, the Walmart Foundation expanded the Dreamkeepers program to six additional community colleges and one four-year university.
In 2009, the Kresge Foundation joined Lumina Foundation and the Walmart Foundation to provide additional funding to expand the program to 13 additional community colleges (open enrollment colleges) and one inner city college. This joint grant also enabled significant program enhancements for existing Dreamkeepers colleges.
In 2012, the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation also joined the organizations funding Dreamkeepers, providing a grant that allowed the 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System to offer the program.
Dreamkeepers has come a long way since 2005. It has grown into a national retention and capacity building program for participating colleges. Moreover, since 2006, participating colleges have seen outstanding results in the areas of student success and persistence. As the program continues to grow, more colleges and students will be better able to achieve their stated academic and education-related success goals.
The Dream Award
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a new multi-year, performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These renewable, 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
Scholarship 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!
Inspired By You
Our 2012 Annual Report, Inspired By You, features the students who are inspired by their scholarship support—and the donors and friends who inspire them.Visit the online report to read their stories and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.