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. […]

Financial Stress Prevents College Students from Graduating. What Can We Do?

There’s an old piece of wisdom that “being rich means you don’t have to think about money.” The source of that quote is long lost, but it remains as true as ever—and for too many students and families, the opposite is equally true. If you’re struggling with finances, money is never far from your mind. […]

Meet The 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Denis Cruz

The saying “nothing is impossible” characterizes Denis Cruz and his philosophy on life. Born in Honduras, Denis spent his childhood in a small village with his mother. The entire village lived in poverty, but Denis’s family was among the poorest of the poor. In order to provide for her family, Denis’s mother took a job […]

5 Steps to Help First-Generation Students Navigate Funding for College

Navigating how to pay for college may seem like an overwhelming task – especially if you are a first-generation college student. You may feel like you have been dropped into in a maze of loans, scholarships and grants where a wrong turn could end in a huge loan bill at the end of your studies. […]

Meet The 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Rachel Muir

Our circumstances—where we’re born, our family’s history, our economic status—play an outsized role in shaping our identity in the world. For Rachel Muir, those circumstances weren’t the ones that usually lead to higher education. Rachel grew up in foster care and was adopted at 15 by a couple in her community whose primary source of […]

How to Recognize and Avoid Scholarship Scams

Preparing for higher education is one of the most stressful times in a student’s life. Between classes, standardized tests, admission deadlines, scholarship applications and financial aid forms, the junior and senior years of high school are a whirlwind. It’s all too easy to be overwhelmed—and that makes students all too vulnerable to financial aid and […]

Scholarships and the Struggle for Affordable STEM Degrees

Twenty years ago, the National Science Foundation began using the acronym “STEM” as an easy-to-remember shorthand for the wide range of academic disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math. From these humble beginnings, STEM has come to dominate a great deal of the conversation around higher education. Some see it as the most practical, important pathway for […]

Providing More than Scholarships: Mentoring, Coaching and Wrap-Around Support

Scholarships are a vital way of closing the gap between students’ financial aid and the constantly growing cost of higher education. That gap causes countless students to struggle, stop out or drop out of college—and at Scholarship America, our mission is to keep that from happening. However, scholarships aren’t always the whole answer. Even with […]

Why Scholarships Are Vital for Low-Income Students and Families

We have said it before, but it bears repeating as often as possible: higher education has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive. For students from low-income families, this is a catch-22 of massive proportions. If college were accessible and affordable, they’d have a better chance to break the cycle of […]

Thankful for a Scholarship? Here are Three Ways to Pay It Forward

In a perfect world, every scholarship would perpetuate another scholarship. After all, private scholarships help millions of students fill in the gap between financial aid and the cost of attendance. That means more college graduates earning higher salaries and carrying less debt—and that also means more people with the means to give back to scholarships. […]