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. […]

Scholarship America® Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Dream Award Scholarships

MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2018) – Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship America Dream Award now through Monday, October 15, 2018. In its sixth year, the Dream Award is Scholarship America’s unique renewable scholarship program for students with financial need who have overcome barriers and successfully […]

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 […]

Star Tribune Names Scholarship America a 2018 Top 150 Workplace

MINNEAPOLIS – June 25, 2018 – Scholarship America has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2018 and was published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in […]