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 and was published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in […]

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. […]

Scholarship America Presents Honors; Recognizes Dream Award Scholarship Students at National Education Dinner

Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and education support organization, celebrated individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact helping students achieve their educational dreams at its fourth annual Dreams to Success Awards Dinner May 22. The event was held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. and attended by 400 leaders […]

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 […]

Scholarship America Announces 2018 Dream Award Recipients

MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2018) – Twelve extraordinary students have been selected as recipients of Scholarship America’s 2018 Dream Award, given to students who have completed or expect to successfully complete at least one full year of postsecondary education by June, 2018. The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have […]