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George Family Foundation Honors Lauren Segal at First-Ever Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders Event


The George Family Foundation recognized Scholarship America President & CEO Lauren Segal as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16, 2014.

“Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” was held at the Guthrie Theater in conjunction with a preview performance of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. Written in 1989, The Heidi Chronicles is a story of women struggling to make greater contributions to the world of art, business and government. The event celebrated women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Reaches $100 Million in Awards to Family Members of Those Lost or Permanently Disabled on 9/11


Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families, announced it has reached the $100 million mark in needs-based scholarships awards to 2,568 students since September 11, 2001. That figure includes $11,463,072 in scholarship awards to support 776 students during the 2013-2014 academic year. The average award is $13,415 per student.

Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Libby, South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars


Do you remember the childhood story of The Little Engine That Could? After bigger locomotives refuse to pull a long train over a seemingly unsurmountable mountain, a small engine takes on the task. “I -- think -- I -- can!” the engine puffs. It’s a story of triumph, of making it over that mountain, told by generations of parents. It also served as an encouraging metaphor that Theresa Libby used for South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars’ affiliation and subsequent success.

As many affiliates know, the decision to partner with Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars requires significant time and effort. Theresa, secretary for South Portland (Maine) High School Dollars for Scholars, helped motivate fellow members to make affiliation a reality. “Her references to The Little Engine That Could were a life-saver to me,” said Ralph Cabana, president of South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars. “I truly don’t know how we would have completed the affiliation process without her.” Thanks to her efforts, along with contributions from the rest of the board, the affiliate pulled through.

Theresa’s advocacy in supporting students stems from personal experience. Read more of Theresa's story.

Scholarship America Surprises 12 Dream Award Recipients on Katie Couric’s Talk Show, Katie


Scholarship America surprised its first group of 12 Dream Award recipients on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, Katie, today. (Video: Part 1, Part 2)

The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards were made to 12 students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. Scholarship America awarded more than $150,000 to this first group of students, with scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need. Each student’s award will increase by $1,000 each year to help them successfully finish school and earn their degrees.

Jen Menke Joins Scholarship America as Vice President, Human Resources


Scholarship America, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, today announced that Jen Menke has joined the organization as the new Vice President of Human Resources. Menke brings with her more than 15 years of professional experience within the field of human resources.

Having worked with companies such as GE Commercial Finance, Target, and Ceridian, Menke’s career has led her through a variety of industries with valuable opportunities to work in both large and smaller organizations. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President, Career and Incentive Development at Global Stream Services, Menke was responsible for the creation and execution of the Career Hub, a new nonprofit organization focused on education and building careers for at-risk high school students.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Awards Over $91 Million in Need-Based Scholarships to Family Members and Rescue Workers Since September 11, 2001


Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® has distributed $91,729,985 in awards to 2,374 students over the past 12 years. This figure includes $11 million in new needs-based postsecondary scholarships awarded during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is the largest private scholarship fund for children, spouses and domestic partners of people who were tragically killed on September 11, 2001, or permanently disabled during the rescue operation, transforming the lives and supporting the educational dreams of families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were permanently disabled in the attacks.

Buick Achievers Awards $4.2 Million in Scholarships


The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation and managed by Scholarship America, today announced scholarships totaling approximately $4.2 million to 1,100 recipients pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.

According to U.S. News & World Report, STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018. With the future of manufacturing and many other industries driven by new technologies, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program strives to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers applicable to the automotive industry.

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The Dream Award

Dream Award 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.

The Scholarship Coach

The Scholarship CoachScholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at, 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!

Focus On The Finish Line

Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.


Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.

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