Our Humble Beginnings. Scholarship Services | Scholarship America

About We Have One Passion.

Every Student.

A Humble Origin

In 1958, an optometrist in Fall River, Mass., Dr. Irving Fradkin, had a simple but profound idea: if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to a scholarship fund, it would be enough to help every student in the community attend college. It worked — and now we are the nation’s largest nonprofit, private scholarship organization.

A Growing Mission

Scholarship America works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students … and counting.

Organizations we belong to — and those who have given us their seal of approval. Click the logos to learn more:

“The most valuable asset this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people.”
Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, Founder, Scholarship America

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