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Affliate Spotlight: Yelm (WA) Dollars for Scholars


4/7/2014

By anyone’s measure, an annual fundraising auction that raises $150,000 would be considered a success. So when you consider that Yelm Dollars for Scholars operates in a town of only 7,000 people, the measure of success is off the charts! Located about 20 miles southeast of Olympia, Washington and near the beautiful snowcapped peaks of Mount Rainier, Yelm is a tightknit community of both established and new residents who take pride in their Dollars for Scholars organization. This pride shows in the hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors who give every year in support of their students.

Yelm Dollars for Scholars auctionAccording to Yelm Dollars for Scholars board president, Rochelle Harris, the annual spring auction takes almost an entire year to plan, with the entire board of directors involved in the planning, and pitching in to help. During the event, current high school students are enlisted to help out at the silent auction tables; high school seniors are invited to hold up auction items during the live auction, as well as participate in a parade of seniors prior to the live auction; and former scholarship recipients are also invited to volunteer, with many of them sharing their scholarship stories during the event.

2014 Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund Open for Student Applications through April 1


2/4/2014

Scholarship America announced today that the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund, to assist outstanding high school seniors from Connecticut who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs, is now open for student applications.

In 2013, five students each received a $1,500 scholarship award, renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. For 2014, up to five more Connecticut high school students will be selected for this prestigious award.

 “I am incredibly grateful to the people of Connecticut who gave me the extraordinary opportunities to serve in ways that I’d dreamed of since a college student myself,” said Sen. Lieberman. “The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund is my way of saying thank you and giving back to Connecticut.”

Scholarship America's Scholarship Management Services Introduces Three New Directors of Sales


10/22/2013

Scholarship America, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is pleased to welcome three new Directors of Sales for Scholarship Management Services (SMS). SMS is Scholarship America’s social enterprise that creates custom scholarship, tuition assistance and other education-focused programs for corporate, foundation and individual clients.

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


9/9/2013

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


8/13/2013

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.

Mike Nylund Joins Scholarship America as VP of Sales for Scholarship Management Services


7/8/2013

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Mike Nylund has joined the organization as the new VP of Sales for Scholarship Management Services (SMS), Scholarship America’s social enterprise that creates custom scholarship, tuition assistance and other education-focused programs for corporate, foundation and individual clients. Mike brings with him over 20 years of professional experience in sales.

24 Students Earn $1,000 Community Volunteer Service Awards


7/7/2013

Scholarship America is proud to introduce the 24 students from across the nation who have earned $1,000 Community Volunteer Service Awards (CVSA) from Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars. These students were nominated by their local Dollars for Scholars affiliates for their extraordinary volunteer efforts; they will be entered into our national Student of the Year competition for an additional award and recognition this fall.

Scholarship America Elects Roxanne Spillett to Board


6/21/2013

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Roxanne Spillett, President Emeritus of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), has been elected to serve as a member of Scholarship America’s Board of Directors. She brings with her more than sixteen years of nonprofit leadership experience. Under Spillett’s leadership, BGCA created generation-changing initiatives in education, technology, financial literacy, health and civic engagement.

Scholarship America Names Richard S. Greene Chief Financial Officer


5/31/2013

Scholarship America announced today that Richard S. (Rick) Greene has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer.

Greene was most recently Chief Financial Officer for APR Energy PLC, and brings more than 20 years of strategic financial expertise to Scholarship America. In this new role, he will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the organization.

Scholarship America Forges Alliance with TuitionHelp To Expand Corporate Tuition-Assistance Services


5/15/2013

Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest scholarship services provider, and TuitionHelp®, a unique tuition-reimbursement benefit that reduces employees’ and corporations’ college costs, today announce a new collaboration to improve tuition-assistance benefits.

Scholarship America Names Max Espinoza as Senior Vice President, Education Programs and Policy


4/30/2013

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Max Espinoza will join the organization as senior vice president, education programs and policy on May 28. In this role, Espinoza will play a key role as a member of Scholarship America’s leadership team in advancing the organization’s mission and act as Scholarship America’s lead spokesperson on education issues. He will also provide strategy, development and operations oversight to the organization’s flagship program, Dollars for Scholars, as well as Dreamkeepers, Collegiate Partners and the new Dream Award.

Nation’s Largest Scholarship Organization Partners with Largest Scholarship Search Company


4/24/2013

Scholarship America announced today that it has partnered with scholarship search giant Fastweb, the leading website for scholarship and financial aid information owned by Monster Worldwide, Inc., parent company of Monster.com (NYSE: MWW), to bring more funding opportunities to students registered with the organization. To register with Scholarship America, students complete a free online profile that includes information about their academic standing, extracurricular activities, volunteer and paid work, and family financial information. The students are then matched with scholarship opportunities for which they may be eligible, based on the information provided.

Scholarship America Receives $1 Million from Kresge Foundation


4/16/2013

Scholarship America announced today that it is the recipient of a two-year, $1 million grant from The Kresge Foundation for its Dreamkeepers program. Scholarship America Dreamkeepers is a financial assistance program designed to help students avoid dropping out of college when faced with an unforeseen financial emergency. There are currently 43 colleges in the nine-year-old Dreamkeepers network; last year, they provided an average emergency grant of $414 to nearly 1,900 students to help keep them in school.

Scholarship America Founder Dr. Irving A. Fradkin Selected as Finalist for the Citizen Service Before Self Honor


2/26/2013

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that its founder, 92-year-old Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, has been selected as a finalist for the Citizen Service Before Self Honor.  According to the Citizen Service Before Self Honors organization, hundreds of individuals were nominated by public officials, first responders and ordinary citizens from September through December, 2012.

Dr. Fradkin is among the 23 civilian finalists for this prestigious award that will be presented to three individuals on March 11. To be considered for this rare civilian honor, nominees must have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular act of extraordinary heroism, or through their continued commitment to putting others first.

Scholarship America Elects Jay Morris and Mark Quick To Board of Trustees


2/20/2013

Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Mark D. Quick, Former Vice Chairman, Fossil; and Dr. James (Jay) B. Morris, Vice President of Education and Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence, Yale New Haven Health System, have been elected to serve as members of the organization's Board of Trustees.

Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund Now Open for Student Applications


2/4/2013

Scholarship America announced today that the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund, to assist outstanding high school seniors from Connecticut who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs, is now open for student applications.

To be eligible, students must be United States citizens or permanent legal residents, be high school seniors who reside in and receive their high school education in Connecticut , plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service.

Up to five students will be selected to each receive a $1,500 award – renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever comes first.

Michael Ryan Elected Chair of Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees


12/19/2012

Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Michael Ryan has been elected to serve as the Chair of Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Ryan has been on Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of MDR Capital Management, which serves as the Investment Advisor or Sub-Advisor for several Institutional Separate Accounts.

National Emergency Grant Program Keeping Students on Track to Graduate, Analysis Finds


12/11/2012

A Scholarship America analysis of the past three years found that 95.5 percent of its Dreamkeepers grant recipients successfully completed the term in which they received emergency assistance.

Because financial emergencies are a primary cause of stalled post-secondary education, Scholarship America designed the Dreamkeepers program in 2004 to help community college students manage unforeseen financial emergencies, such as costs associated with health or transportation, while maintaining enrollment. In 2011-12, the average emergency grant was $414.

Dollars for Scholars Provides Emergency Aid for Hurricane Sandy Victims


12/07/2012

Communities up and down the Eastern Seaboard were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath this fall; among the hardest hit was the New York City borough of Staten Island, where hundreds of homes and businesses were totally or nearly destroyed, and thousands of people had to cope with the devastating effects of the storm.

Fortunately for students who were affected by the storm, Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars was there to help within days. Chapter President Patrick Ryan and his brother, Scholarship America Board Chair-Elect Michael Ryan, contributed $25,000 to kick off a Hurricane Sandy Emergency Grant Assistance program within the chapter. Their local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, took an interest, publishing an article that featured the work of Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars and spread the word of the emergency grant for Sandy victims. As a result of this publicity and other efforts, the chapter was able to raise more than $50,000 in additional funding from donors and start issuing grants of $200 per affected student almost immediately.

Scholarship America Names Greg Dehn as Senior Vice President, Scholarship America & General Manager, Scholarship Management Services


10/3/2012

Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Greg Dehn has joined the organization as senior vice president, Scholarship America and General Manager, Scholarship Management Services. In this role, Dehn will play a key role as a member of Scholarship America’s leadership team and in advancing the organization’s mission.

Eleven Years Later, Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Has Awarded More Than $80 Million in Need-Based Scholarships To 2,117 Students


9/8/2012

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, 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, announced that it has distributed $80,200,763 to 2,117 students in the past 11 years. This figure includes $12,715,367 in new needs-based postsecondary scholarships awarded during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“Eleven years ago just over $100 million was donated by corporations, foundations, educational institutions and individuals. Our scholarships have enabled thousands of students to fulfill their dreams of college. We stand ready to support the 4,387 financially needy students registered with our Fund who will need our help in the future.” said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, Executive Director of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

2012 "Hoosier Heroes" Essay Contest Winners Announced


3/22/2012

Indiana Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, congratulates the following students and Hoosier Heroes. These students' essays, celebrating the achievements and inspiration of the Heroes that they nominated, are the 10 winners of Hoosier Heroes scholarship awards for 2012, and will be honored at the 2012 Hoosier Heroes Celebration. The celebration will be held on Thursday, May 10th at U Indy Hall on the University of Indianapolis campus.

Mimi Daly Larson Named Senior VP, Strategic Marketing & Development


3/6/2012

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Mimi Daly Larson has been named Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Development. Larson has been serving as vice president of strategic marketing and branding since joining the organization a year ago.

In her new position, Larson will provide hands-on strategic, coordinated leadership for the marketing and development teams. This collaborative operating structure will allow Scholarship America to rapidly and proactively capture new opportunities for both awareness and fundraising.

Robert C. Ballard Joins Scholarship America's Board


2/21/2012

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that Robert C. Ballard, Senior Vice President, Access and Outreach for USA Funds, has been elected to serve as a member of Scholarship America's Board of Trustees. He brings with him more than 29 years of higher education finance experience.

"I am honored to be selected to serve on the Scholarship America board of trustees. Scholarship America has been a valued partner to USA Funds in helping families prepare and pay for college. I look forward to working more closely with the organization to open the doors to college to every deserving student," said Mr. Ballard.

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The Dream Award

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

The Scholarship CoachScholarship 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.

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