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

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!

Focus On The Finish Line

Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.


Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.

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