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Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, presented its inaugural Ralph H. “Cy” Seifert Outstanding Volunteer award on October 21. The award was named after the organization’s volunteer with the longest continuous service – Ralph “Cy” Seifert, who has volunteered with Scholarship America for 50 years.
Seifert was presented a 50-Year Volunteer Service Award for his service at Scholarship America’s Annual Meeting on October 21, and was asked to present the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award. The organization surprised him that evening by naming the Volunteer of the Year award after him.
“Cy has been an incredible volunteer and asset to Scholarship America,” said Lauren A. Segal, Scholarship America’s president and CEO. “He started at the chapter level in New England, founding our thirteenth chapter. During his tenure, Cy has served on the original board of trustees as both treasurer and chair. Now, as an Honor Roll Trustee, Cy provides valuable insights to board action. We are honored to have him serve our organization.”
Seifert says he is most proud of his involvement as chair of the $41 million campaign that spanned several years in the 1990s. That effort expanded Scholarship America’s programs, added to endowment for scholarships and expanded the facilities at the Saint Peter, Minn. headquarters.
Seifert attributes his long tenure with the organization to his dedication to the mission. “I am devoted to the success of this organization, and feel a responsibility for helping assure that Scholarship America continues to make education beyond high school a reality for students across the nation,” he said.
Seifert is a Brown University alumn, and was instrumental in arranging for Scholarship America’s archives to be located at Brown, a Scholarship America Collegiate Partner. Since 1996, more than $4.2 million in Scholarship America scholarship awards have been sent to Brown in support of 2,200 students.
The inaugural Ralph H. “Cy” Seifert Outstanding Volunteer award was presented by its namesake to Lorraine Balske of Fairmont, Minn.
Contact: Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
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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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