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In September 2014, Michael Ryan joined Harvard Management Company as the Head of Public Equities. Mr. Ryan founded MDR Capital Management and is its CEO. Previously, he served as head of Global Securities at Credit Suisse, and held senior positions with Goldman Sachs in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. He is the co-founder of Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars.
Robert C. Ballard has more than 30 years of higher education finance experience. At USA Funds, he directed philanthropic activities that in 2014 provided more than $21.4 million in funding to promote preparation for, access to and success in higher
education. A retired U.S. Navy Commander and financial-services professional, he is also the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars.
Mim Schreck served as chair of the Scholarship America board from 2008-2012, and served as the organization's interim president in 2009 and 2010. Previously, she served as President of Easy Spirit Footwear, retiring in 2003. In addition to her work with Scholarship America, she also serves on the executive committee of the Connecticut Women's Golf Association.
Tim Christensen is is a certified Project Management Professional with specialties in higher education, arts, culture and
community engagement; he consults on college
access and success for traditionally underserved students.
Michael Ryder joined the Blackstone Group in 2014; previously, he worked with Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity team, focusing on middle-market private equity transactions across all industry sectors. He has worked, lived and traveled throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and the U.S.
Judith Allen served as the National Programs Consultant for The Education Resources Institute (TERI) in Boston. She is the former Executive Director of the New England Office of the College Board, and worked in administration at Williams College and Regis College.
Barry Griswell is the recently retired CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; he joined the foundation after a distinguished career with the Principal Financial Group, where he served as chairman, president and CEO. He is the author of The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success.
Phyllis McGrath is a consultant in nonprofit strategy, governance and organization. She chairs the Governance Committee at Read to Grow, a Connecticut early-childhood literacy program. Prior to forming Philanthropy Management LLC, as an officer of the GE Foundation, she created a nationwide pre-college education program that earned her a White House award.
Doug Mello is an accomplished leader in the telecommunications field, having served on the leadership teams of NYNEX and Bell Atlantic corporations. He is active on several nonprofit boards, including the David E. Retik and Christopher D. Mello Foundation, and was also one of Scholarship America's earliest Dollars for Scholars recipients.
At Yale New Haven Health System, Jay Morris is responsible for leadership development, succession planning, organization development, e-learning and simulation. He has worked extensively in organization and talent management with companies such as Ernst & Young and Merck.
Scholarship America welcomed Lauren Segal as its President & CEO in April 2010. She came to Scholarship America with 30 years of nonprofit sector experience, most notably as president and chief executive officer of Greater Twin Cities (MN) United Way, the second largest organization of its kind in the country.
Seema Shah supports General Mills' global innovation strategy by directing the development of strategic relationships. An attorney, she also served as the first Executive Director and President of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a member association of major Twin Cities law firms and corporations.
In her 16-year tenure as President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Roxanne Spillett led the most
successful transformation of what is today one of the top 10 nonprofit organizations in America. In recognition of her achievements, Newsweek cited Spillett as one of “15 People Who Make America Great."
William Young's leadership of Plastipak Packaging and Absopure Bottled Water earned him Michigan's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition to his business interests, Young sits on the board of the University of Detroit Mercy and serves as president of the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars affiliate.
Dr. Irving A. Fradkin
Founder, Scholarship America
Dr. William C. Bonifield
Vice President for Education
Lilly Endowment (Retired)
Mr. Ken Jacobsen
Senator, State of Washington (Retired)
Ms. Barbara M. Kuzdzol
Mr. Gregory J. Macri, Jr.
Ms. Kay Marquet
Kay Marquet Associates
Ms. Barbara B. McBee
Vice President, Support Services
The MetroHealth System (Retired)
Ms. Phyllis McGrath
Chair Pro Tem
Ms. Patricia B. Mooney
Christopher J. Barrett Realtors
Mr. J. Stephen Putnam
Putnam Dispute Resolution
Ms. Peni Wilson Roberts
Ms. Ruth Saxey
Mr. Richard Schwab
Mr. Ralph H. Seifert
Mr. David Smith
Mr. Stephen B. Smith
Mr. David Logan Steele, CTFA, AEP
Vice President and Senior Trust Officer
Jonestown Bank & Trust Company (Retired)
Mr. Thomas Terry
Mr. Michael A. Vorhaus
Frank N. Magid Associates
Mr. Philip J. Webster
The Webster Group
Dr. Susan Weinberger
Mentor Consulting Group
Mr. Lloyd L. Brandt
Joseph M. Hinchey, Esq.
C.A. (Gus) Johnson, II, Esq.
Mr. E.B. (Burt) Knauft
Edward M. Lee, Esq.
Ms. Marquita S. McLean
Mr. Howard Moreen
Mr. Frank E. Morin
William (Brad) B. Norris, Esq.
Mr. Joseph F. Phelan
Mr. Harry A. Rosenberg
Eugene C. Struckhoff, Esq.
Mr. John A. Wedum
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.
In 2014, more than 125,000 students received over $236 million in scholarship support and assistance from Scholarship America – a record-breaking year for the nation's largest provider of private scholarships.
Visit our 2014 annual report to learn more about our successes, our students and our future.
Scholarship America's blog, Success By Degrees, covers items of interest to parents, volunteers, educators and anyone interested in the big issues surrounding education, financial aid and postsecondary success. You'll find policy announcements, news releases and more, every week!