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It’s a clear, almost-spring day in Detroit, Michigan, and singing fills the University of Detroit Mercy’s fitness center. The DAAS Choir, made up of elementary and middle school students, is performing—lighting up the room and attendees’ faces. Volunteers, donors and students have gathered for the 2014 Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Celebration of Education luncheon, hearing about the affiliate’s work and their impact in the community. Throughout the event, the elation of supporting future generations is palpable, as individuals mingle and speak with students from Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars’ academic support program.
“One of the things that hurt our area is that so many of our young people look at Detroit as a wasteland,” said guest speaker and former Detroit mayor Dave Bing. “I look at it as an opportunity. This is the time for change. And those opportunities are going to be here for you, provided that you get the education that’s necessary.”
Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars is doing just that. The affiliate offers a full academic year of programming for students – community service opportunities, college campus visits, career fairs and more. It’s all part of the mission to equip students for life after high school – not only to attend college, but to graduate and to be active citizens in their communities.
Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Robert Ballard Senior Vice President, Philanthropy for USA Funds, has been elected to serve as vice-chair of the organization's Board of Trustees. In addition, Scholarship America welcomes Dr. Sandy Robinson of Florida State College at Jacksonville and William Young of Plastipak Holdings, Inc. and Absopure Water Co., who have been elected to serve as members of the Board.
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.
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.
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.
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The 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
Scholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, 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.