Scholarship America Names Kit Briem Director, Major Gifts

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16 Mar 2009
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Scholarship America, the nation’s premier nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Kit Briem has accepted the position of Director, Major Gifts, starting on March 16. Briem brings twenty years in nonprofit leadership to Scholarship America, including seven as an executive director and nine years of major gifts cultivation experience.

“We’re thrilled to have a seasoned major gifts executive who brings with her substantial other leadership and advancement capabilities.  Her skills and experience will help position us for growth in the future, on the local and national levels,” said Jane Eastwood, Vice President, Advancement for Scholarship America.

Before joining Scholarship America, Briem served as the Development Director for International Wolf, where she expanded the planned giving program, moving the number of planned givers from 84 to 116, a 38 percent increase. Prior to that Briem was Executive Director for Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund), stewarding the distribution of more than $500,000 in grants and scholarships.

“My grandfather dropped out of high school to pay for three of his brothers to go to college in their hometown, Omaha. Eventually he paid for Harvard law school and two medical degrees. Today, even if a parent or sibling wants to make that sort of sacrifice, it’s not possible given the incredible cost of higher education,” Briem said.

“I am thrilled to be joining Scholarship America and to serve an organization that is doing the vital work of ensuring everyone has the opportunity for postsecondary education. Scholarship America's work is the cornerstone of turning this economy around, ensuring a strong economy in the years to come and building a more tolerant and respectful society.”

During the 1990s, Briem was Development Manager for both Cornerstone and The Harriet Tubman Center and Business Director for Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Briem worked for the Madison Repertory Theater and Wisconsin Arts Board while completing her Master in Business Administration and Master of Arts Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
Michelle Showalter, 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. We have three core programs that help us achieve our mission: Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Management Services, and Dreamkeepers. Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.5 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 1.7 million students since 1958.

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Nearly 1/4 of the U.S. population owes a collective $700 billion in student loan debt. We are committed to helping more students graduate from college with less debt. A gift of just $1 a day -- for a week, for a month, or for a year -- can help ensure that students are able to achieve their goals.

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