Scholarship America is thrilled to be celebrating our 2016 Dollars for Scholars Award Winners at the 2017 National Dreams to Success Awards in Washington, D.C. These volunteers have done extraordinary work on behalf of students in their communities!
Dr. Irving A. Fradkin National Chapter of the Year
Burlington-Edison Education and Alumni Foundation Dollars for Scholars has been dedicated to administering, creating and funding local scholarships for the past 24 years. The affiliate’s commitment to its Northwest Washington community has allowed decades of students to pursue their college, technical or trade school education. This past year, the affiliate increased community awareness through its Senior Salute Reception – a well-respected event that raised enough financial backing for six new scholarships.
Ralph “Cy” Seifert National Volunteer of the Year
The incredible work of Dollars for Scholars is made possible by volunteers who offer their time and skills in service of their communities – volunteers like Sandra, who has played a critical role in making fundraisers and events possible at Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars. Sandra organizes high school students in this New York community to carry out the affiliate’s annual phone-a-thon fundraiser, coordinates the school’s Moving Up Day scholarship ceremony, and still manages to fulfill her duties as recording secretary for the affiliate.
Student Volunteer of the Year
Asgton Stephenson, Ankeny Dollars for Scholars
Growing up in a military family, Asgton Stephenson was never prone to sitting still. Just a year after she was born in New Mexico, Asgton’s entire family relocated to Guam. It was on this small island territory in the Pacific that she got her first taste of volunteer work: besides an accomplished career in the U.S. Air Force, Asgton’s father was also the lead instructor for the Special Olympics in Guam. From a young age, Asgton would assist her father with the games. This experience fostered a lifelong connection in her heart to the special needs community. And though her family would continue to move around the country, Agston’s passion to give back to each community remained the same: by the time she graduated from high school in Ankeny, Iowa, she had served 1,935 verified volunteer hours.