Scholarship America’s 2018 Dreams To Success Event Is Bigger Than Ever

Since 2015, Scholarship America has hosted an annual salute to student success and those who make it possible. On May 22, 2018, we’re celebrating our biggest Dreams to Success event yet: a whole day of inspiration, education and celebration centered on students and their champions. Registration remains open through the end of this week. If you’re thinking of […]

To Test or Not to Test: Helping Students Navigate Test Prep

At the beginning of 2018, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing reported over 1,000 colleges and universities have made ACT/SAT scores optional in their admissions process. Many factors contribute to this trend, including recent studies suggesting GPA is a better predictor of college success than test scores and that test requirements deter many qualified first-generation […]

Reality Check: What “Higher Education” Really Means in 2018

Since Scholarship America’s founding in 1958, we have consistently grown and changed along with  the world of higher education. Our original, community-based scholarship programs still operate today—but they, along with our other services, are flexible, always aiming to meet the most pressing needs of students. As we move into our seventh decade of service, our strategic […]

Financial Aid Displacement: What Families and Scholarship Providers Should Know

Students and their families are often surprised to realize some colleges reduce their financial aid packages when the student earns private scholarship dollars—a practice called financial aid displacement or award displacement. Colleges that practice displacement say it helps free up more funds for more students; students and families say it unfairly punishes those making the effort to […]

Mentoring Matters: Here’s How You Can Help Students Benefit

Financial support alone is not enough to get students through school.  This is nothing new; research has proven time and time again that often more barriers emerge once a student has started to pursue their education, even if they have adequate financial aid to pay tuition. Food insecurity and homelessness are common struggles, and simply […]

Myth vs. Fact: Scholarships for Veterans, Adults Returning to School and More

If you’re applying for scholarships—or if you’re guiding students, managing awards or helping a family member—you know we’ve hit the busiest part of the financial aid calendar. Many state FAFSA deadlines are approaching; colleges are beginning to put together aid packages for current and potential students; scholarship application deadlines come and go nearly every day. […]

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: How Will Tax Reform Impact Education?

The sweeping tax-related legislation passed at the close of 2017 will have far-reaching impacts throughout the American economy—including in the higher education sector. Now that the dust is starting to settle, here’s our look at what students, families, institutions and education supporters can expect in the near future.

Umesh is a Scholarship America Dream Award recipient

Meet Umesh Bhandari: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Life started out rough for Umesh Bhandari, who spent most of his early years in a refugee camp in Nepal waiting for his family’s opportunity to build their life in America. It was a helpless time, as there was no way for his parents to earn their living, and they relied solely upon government support. […]

URGENT: Urge Congress To Find a DACA Solution

Ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program will profoundly affect nearly 800,000 students nationwide. Unless Congress takes action, there will no longer be any federal protection for Dreamers.  Finding a permanent solution for those students is critical to their success and ability to contribute to our country.  Scholarship America, along with virtually all […]

Meet Mikayla Bridgewater: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

Mikayla Bridgewater spent her childhood moving between the homes of her aunts because her father is in prison and her mother is an alcoholic. Stability was just not something that, Mikayla was used to, but this was a common scenario for many black families in her community.  Nevertheless Mikayla found being a young African American […]