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.
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“The most valuable asset this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people.”
Get to Know Scholarship America
2019 Annual Report Working to Ensure Student Success
“What are we doing for students?” That was the question of our founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin—and it’s the question that drives our work today.View Report >
Board and Leaders Powered by Innovation and Passion
Who’s driving the vision behind the mission? We’ll make some introductions.View Board and Leaders >
Careers If You Believe in Students, We Should Talk.
Want to work for a team that’s 100 percent passionate about students? Join us.View Openings >