Scholarship America Honors Founder with First Annual Eagle Award, on Dollars for Scholars' 50th Anniversary

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17 Oct 2008
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Scholarship America honored its founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, by presenting him the first annual Eagle Award to highlight his years of advocacy and dedicated service to the organization. The Eagle Award was presented to Dr. Fradkin by his grandson, Jeffery M. Silverman, and other Scholarship America supporters and board members at an annual gala event on October 16 in Providence, R.I.

“I am deeply honored to accept this award,” said Dr. Fradkin. “I continue to be excited by Scholarship America’s mission to give the gift of education to those in need and to make extraordinary differences in the lives of students and their families.”

The Eagle Award symbolizes vision, leadership and commitment to education. Dr. Fradkin will receive the award on the 50 year anniversary of “Dollars for Scholars” his lifelong dream that developed into Scholarship America's flagship program.

“Scholarship America made my dream of going to college a reality. I’m only the second person in my family to graduate, so this is quite an accomplishment for me,” said 2007 and 2008 scholarship recipient, Christopher Conover. “I will continue to work hard for future success and I hope to inspire others by sharing my experience.” Like the millions of other scholarship recipients, Conover wouldn’t have been able to make his dreams a reality if Dr. Fradkin hadn’t followed his own vision of providing postsecondary education to those who needed it the most.

Dr. Fradkin, an optometrist from Fall River, Massachusetts, developed Scholarship America from a simple but profound idea -  if everyone in his community gave one dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community who wanted to attend college. Today, "Dollars for Scholars" has developed into the nation's premier non-profit, private sector educational assistance program.

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. 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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