Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Jacqueline (Jackie) Vela

Born and raised in the United States to Mexican immigrant parents, Jacqueline (Jackie) Vela has often served as a translator. Her father works in an industrial metal lab while her mother, despite suffering from chronic back pain, works at home raising their three children. As the eldest child, Jackie grew up helping with housework and […]

Wait, What? Scholarships Are Taxable?

Everyone knows what a scholarship is. It’s free, no-strings-attached money to help a student pay for their higher education. Right? Usually. But not always. In some cases, there are significant strings attached—including a few situations in which scholarship funds may be treated as taxable income. While it’s unusual, it’s also important for both students and […]

#RealCollege: A Mission to Secure College Students’ Basic Needs

Discussions about financial aid and student support tend to focus on big costs, big numbers and big trends: skyrocketing tuition; trillion-dollar student loan debt; and deep cuts in state aid to higher ed. But those conversations, important as they are, don’t tell the whole story. For millions of students, the struggle to get through college […]

Three Ways Your Scholarship Program Can Turn Students into Graduates

Scholarships are a vital piece of the financial aid puzzle. According to Sallie Mae’s most recent How America Pays for College report, nearly half of all families used scholarship aid when it came to paying for college—and scholarships and grants covered 35 percent of the total cost of higher education. That makes scholarship aid the single largest resource […]

Meet The 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Jaquaious Little

Growing up in a small town in Mississippi in a single-parent household, Jaquaious (Jay) Little had limited access to resources and experienced lots of change. His mother and father broke up very early on in his life. His mother later married and divorced his stepfather when he was in first grade. She completed college with […]

$152 Million Awarded in 17 Years to More Than 3,500 Students by Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

More Funding Needed to Support All Dependents of Those Killed or Permanently Disabled in the 9/11 Attacks MINNEAPOLIS (September 5, 2018) – Scholarship America® is pleased to announce its Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®—the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families—has surpassed $152 million in total scholarships awarded to more than 3,500 students since September 11, […]

Meet The 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Chantel Lewis-Cummings

It is a long road from a rough neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia to the executive suite, but that’s Chantel Lewis-Cummings’ path. When she was just two years old, Chantel’s father was killed. She moved in with her grandmother in Savannah. A few years later her grandmother’s health began to decline and she lost her job. […]