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On April 26, friends, family and community supporters gathered at The Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and were greeted by kind faces and a long row of tables. Dressed in black, the tables featured auction items ranging from a signed Vikings jersey to lunch around town. Over 180 attendees mingled, bought raffle tickets and participated in games of chance, all in support of young people pursuing higher education.
The event was aptly named: HOPE Springs Eternal by Minneapolis HOPE Dollars for Scholars.
HOPE Springs Eternal serves as the affiliate's largest fundraiser, with 100 percent of proceeds going toward its scholarship fund. The event brought in more than $15,000, exceeding the previous year's highly successful event by more than a third in proceeds. In a city teeming with nonprofits, the evening was even more remarkable given that this year was the second annual event. In fact, just three years prior, Minneapolis HOPE Dollars for Scholars had yet to bloom.
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.
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.
In 1958, the founder of Dollars for Scholars, Dr. Irving Fradkin, believed that if everyone in a community gave a dollar, the community could help its students pay for an education beyond high school. Over 50 years later, citizens of the neighboring rural cities of Cambridge and Isanti in central Minnesota proved once again that Dr. Fradkin was right.
On April 7 and 8, high school seniors got on the phone and asked residents to contribute to the Dollars for Scholars scholarship fund during an annual phone-a-thon event. Nearly 700 people responded, with donations ranging in size from $10 to $1,000 -– raising a total of close to $20,000.
"Every year, we’re amazed at the donations that we get from the phone-a-thon. The community just pours the money into these students," said Cindy Szafranski, board member of Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars.
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.
According 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.
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
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.
- Cheryl Lucas Joins Scholarship America as Director of Sales, Northeast Region
- Patti Dodge Joins Scholarship America as Director of Sales, South Region
- Tom Matchinsky Joins Scholarship America as Director of Sales, Great Lakes Region
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.
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.
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.
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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.