Meet Ezekiel Ogden: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

We are thrilled to have such a diverse and interesting class of Dream Award recipients! Ezekiel’s story continues our series on each of the ten 2017 students. Throughout the next few months we will be posting more stories on a bi-weekly basis featuring these amazing individuals. Check out previous student stories by visiting our Success By Degrees blog. […]

Scholarship America Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Dream Award Season

Scholarship America, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2018 Scholarship America Dream Award through Sunday, October 15, 2017. Now in its fifth year, the Dream Award is Scholarship America’s unique renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome […]

Andrea N. Smith Joins Scholarship America as Vice President, Development

Scholarship America, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, announced today that Andrea N. Smith has joined the organization as Vice President, Development. Smith joins the team from Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, where she most recently served as Managing Director, Major Gifts.  Smith started her career as a program coordinator with the Muscular […]

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Scholarship Search: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, Scholarship America program designer Cheryl Amundson (a former professor, and mom of three college grads) walked you through two things any scholarship seeker needs to do: get organized before you have to, and start a wide search as early as you can. Today, Cheryl returns to offer expert advice on […]

Meet April Lewis: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

When prenatal tests indicated a higher likelihood of April Lewis being born with a birth defect, the doctors highly recommended that her mother terminate the pregnancy. Though a potential of a life filled with doctor appointments and medical tests loomed over the family, April was born a beautiful, healthy baby girl. That baby girl grew […]

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Scholarship Search: Part 1

It’s no surprise a college degree — whether two-year, four-year or postgraduate — can lead to a brighter future. It’s also not news that getting a degree can be expensive, or that student loan debt can hamper the future finances of graduates. So where should students turn if they want to make ends meet without […]

Meet Arial Martinez: 2017 Dream Award Recipient

We are thrilled to have such a diverse and interesting class of Dream Award recipients! Arial’s story continues our series on each of the ten 2017 students. Throughout the next few months we will be posting more stories on a bi-weekly basis featuring these amazing individuals. Check out previous student stories by visiting our Success By Degrees blog.  […]

Introducing 2017 Student Volunteer Award Winners

There’s no doubt about it: volunteering can change communities—and the individuals who do it—for the better. Student volunteering provides a pathway for building skills (or even future employment) while benefiting local citizens. And, as we’ve covered before, that service can lead to more scholarships for students. Scholarship America’s Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is one […]

How Homelessness and Hunger Stand In The Way Of A College Degree

At a news conference last month, Los Angeles Trade Technical College student Myriah Smiley broke down in tears. A 19-year-old who grew up in foster care, she had made it to college. She had a goal in mind, and a dream of a better life. And that morning, she hadn’t eaten. As the Los Angeles Times […]

National Partnership Fortifies Scholarship Funding with a Personal Coach for Each Recipient

Leading scholarship and student success organization join forces to eliminate barriers to degree completion  Paying for college is only one of the many obstacles students face in completing postsecondary education. Difficulty adjusting to college life and balancing work, family and other obligations are the primary reasons why nearly half of all college students fail to […]