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Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that that Robert C. Ballard, Senior Vice President, Access and Outreach for USA Funds, has been elected to serve as a member of Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees. He brings with him more than 29 years of higher education finance experience.
“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Scholarship America board of trustees. Scholarship America has been a valued partner to USA Funds in helping families prepare and pay for college. I look forward to working more closely with the organization to open the doors to college to every deserving student,” said Mr. Ballard.
Mr. Ballard currently directs USA Funds’ and its affiliates’ college access and outreach programs, philanthropic activities and the corporation’s strategic innovation activities. He oversees access and outreach activities that in 2011 provided funding totaling more than $13.5 million for programs to promote preparation for, access to and success in higher education. In addition, Mr. Ballard oversees the delivery of college support services delivered by two of the corporation’s Centers for Student Success and the development of new strategic opportunities, collaborations and partnerships. Prior to joining USA Funds in 2008, he held a variety of positions within the financial services and education finance communities.
Mr. Ballard serves on the boards of several community and charitable organizations; he is a member of the board of Bottom Line, a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged youth get into college, graduate and go far in life, and also serves on the board of the United Way of Central Indiana and its Ready to Learn-Ready to Earn committee. He is the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars, and Riverview Hospital Foundation in Noblesville, Indiana, and continues to serve on several board committees of both organizations.
“I am thrilled that Mr. Ballard has joined Scholarship America’s board to assist in our pursuit of postsecondary success for all students. His 29 years of higher education experience will be a valuable asset to our organization, and we look forward to benefiting from his insights and expertise,” said Lauren Segal, President and CEO, Scholarship America.
Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
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About Scholarship America
Scholarship America is a national education service organization that mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.7 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 1.8 million students over the last 50 years. Scholarship America’s programs, which include Dollars for Scholars®, help fund both entry-level and multi-year scholarships, as well as emergency financial grants. More information is available at scholarshipamerica.org.
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.
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