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Scholarship America's Founder: Irving Fradkin
"The most valuable asset this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people." —Dr. Irving A. Fradkin
In 1958, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, an Optometrist in Fall River, Mass., founded the initial Dollars for Scholars chapter by challenging everyone in his community to give at least one dollar toward sending its youth to college.
Dr. Fradkin ran for the Fall River School Board in 1957 on a platform calling for community-supported scholarships for local students. Despite his electoral defeat, Dr. Fradkin pursued his idea—which blossomed into Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship America’s flagship program—a nationwide organization that today represents nearly 1,100 chapters and 3,500 communities from southern California to the northern tip of Maine.
For the last fifty-plus years, Dr. Fradkin has continued to work tirelessly for Scholarship America, for students in Fall River (where he still resides with his wife Charlotte), and for education in America. Among Dr. Fradkin’s numerous honors include the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Distinguished Service Award, the 2010 NCAN "Champion for College Access" Award, the Isaiah Avila Award for “Uncommon Common Man,” the Schow-Donnelly Service Before Self Award and a recognition from the Presidential Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, New England College of Optometry.
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.