Scholarship America Announces a New Scholarship Program For Iowa High School Seniors, Graduates and College Undergraduates

Scholarship America today announced the launch of The Richard O. Jacobson Legacy Scholarship Program developed for the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation. In its first year, the scholarship program will offer up to $500,000 in scholarships for local high school seniors, graduates, and college undergraduates planning to continue their education at one of 18 eligible two- or four-year colleges […]

Tackling the High Cost of Student Loan Debt

There’s no way around it: Americans are drowning in student loan debt. Collectively, we owe $1.5 trillion, and continually rising college costs mean that number isn’t likely to drop much in the next few decades. The average student borrower takes out around $26,000 in loans over the course of a bachelor’s degree—debt that is impossible […]

Corporate Tuition Assistance Programs Deliver Results for Employees and Employers

The line between “student” and “employee” has never been blurrier than it is in 2019. Over the past four decades in the United States, the workforce and the college population have converged like never before. More than half of all college students now hold down jobs while attending school full time. Nearly half of all community college […]

National Scholarship Providers Association Announces Scholarship America’s Robert C. Ballard As New Board Member

As NSPA’s 20th Anniversary Approaches, Leadership Comes Full Circle for Scholarship Industry Leader The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), the nation’s largest network and resource specifically designed to support the needs of professionals in the scholarship industry, announces the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors. Robert C. Ballard, President and CEO […]

Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Christian E. Urrea

Growing up in a single-parent family in Guadalajara, Mexico, Christian Urrea had no idea that immigration to the United States with his mother when he was eight years old was just the start of his long journey to a better life. As an undocumented minor, Christian faced language, cultural and financial struggles. Though he’d studied […]

Year In Review: How Scholarship America Changes Students’ Lives

Since our founding 60 years ago, Scholarship America has had a singular focus on supporting the dreams and aspirations of bright minds, no matter what their circumstances and obstacles might be. From our beginnings as a community scholarship drive in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1958, we have grown to become the nation’s largest private scholarship […]

Sixty Years of History, 20 Years of Partnerships: Celebrating a Milestone Year

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re excited to look back on some major milestones in Scholarship America’s history. This year, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our founding in 1958, when Fall River, Massachusetts optometrist Irving Fradkin had a simple but world-changing idea: if an entire community came together, even small donations could turn into […]

Lynn Graves Elected to Scholarship America Board of Trustees

Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce Lynn M. Graves has been elected to its Board of Trustees. Graves brings over 30 years of professional experience with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served most recently as Vice President, Corporate Relations. Previously she was […]

Creating Scholarship Programs With Purpose, Part 3: Making an Impact

When it comes to providing scholarships, there are three major questions to answer. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the “why” element—determining what you truly want to accomplish by awarding a scholarship. In Part 2, we delved into the “how,” looking at ways to identify the students who need your help. In this final installment, […]