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Lauren A. Segal, President & CEO
Scholarship America welcomed Lauren Segal as its President & CEO in April 2010. Ms. Segal came to Scholarship America with 30 years of nonprofit sector experience, most notably as president and chief executive officer of Greater Twin Cities (MN) United Way, the second largest organization of its kind in the country.
Since joining Scholarship America, Ms. Segal has successfully led the board and
staff in a long-range strategic planning process that resulted in a plan that articulates
measurable impact and expands the organization’s mission to helping students
complete their degrees with more manageable debt. In addition, she has led
Scholarship America’s efforts to launch the Dream Award, a national scholarship
program that attracted the support of former news anchor and talk show host, Katie
Couric, who donated sales of her recent book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, to this new
national program. Ms. Segal has led her team in securing and deepening relationships
with national funders, launched major technology upgrade initiatives and a new
strategic marketing function, and defined a vision for the modernization of Scholarship America’s flagship program, Dollars for Scholars. In 2012, Ms. Segal helped bring together Scholarship America and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, who provided a grant to Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers program to expand to the Wisconsin Technical College System emergency financial assistance to students.
As CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way, Ms. Segal became known as a
collaborative and transformational leader with great focus. Under her leadership,
Greater Twin Cities United Way redefined its business model from a broad-based
funder of nonprofit agencies to an organization driven by a specific set of priorities
aimed at creating measurable impact for people in poverty in the Twin Cities region. She also implemented United Way’s role as a convener and leader working with other organizations, across sectors, to solve large-scale community problems like hunger and disaster relief.
Ms. Segal received a bachelor of science in business management from Guilford
College in Greensboro, N.C. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, United Ways of Minnesota, and The Itasca Project. Also, Ms. Segal served on the Governor’s Ending Long Term Homelessness Advisory Council and was an instructor for the Center for Community Leadership. Segal has received numerous awards, including The Business Journal’s “25 Women to Watch” in 2004. Ms. Segal lives in the Saint Paul area with her husband, Rich, and their four dogs.
The Dream Award
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a new multi-year, performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These renewable, 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!
Inspired By You
Our 2012 Annual Report, Inspired By You, features the students who are inspired by their scholarship support—and the donors and friends who inspire them.Visit the online report to read their stories and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.