Donor Options

Join the Jefferson Society

Thomas Jefferson believed in the need to "Educate and inform the whole mass of people … No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness." Scholarship America's Jefferson Society takes these words to heart; corporate and individual members of this leadership giving society help ensure postsecondary success for students across the nation. Meet the Jefferson Society or find out more about how you can join.

Does Your Employer Match Gifts?

More than 400 companies will match their employees' gifts to Scholarship America and our programs. To find out if your employer is among them, download the list of matching companies here. If yours is on the list, contact your HR department directly to receive the appropriate forms.

Partnerships and Third-Party Fundraisers

Scholarship America offers a number of ways for companies, foundations and individuals to partner with us in pursuit of our mission. Visit our Partner Homepage to learn about Mission, Awareness and Cause Marketing Partnerships and Third-Party Fundraisers.

Planned Giving

Scholarship America offers a full range of planned gifts and life income agreements. Advantages often include lifetime income, current income tax deductions and estate tax savings. Supporters who plan gifts join Scholarship America's Mortarboard Society. Please visit our Planned Giving page or call 800-279-2083 for information.

Pledge to Scholarship America

Pledges of any amount can be made to Scholarship America, and you can make your contribution in easy installments. The Development team will send out a pledge reminder to you monthly, quarterly, or yearly, whichever you prefer. Download the pledge form here; please call 800-279-2083 or email if you have any questions.

Donate Your Used Electronics

Donate your old iPod or cell phone to My Place of Donation, and benefit Scholarship America. Visit our page on the My Place site, get your free shipping label, and turn your unwanted electronics into help for students!

Transfer Appreciated Securities to Scholarship America

The transfer of appreciated securities to a nonprofit has tax-saving advantages. Call 800-279-2083 for information on how to transfer stock directly from your account to Scholarship America.

Contribute Through Workplace Campaigns

Many companies as well as federal (civilian and military) and state employees have the opportunity to designate specific charities for contributions through payroll deduction. Please check with your local United Way as well as campaigns involving Educate America! and Independent Charities of America to find out how to make Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, your contribution choice.

Contribute Matching Gifts from Your Employer

Some companies will also match charitable contributions made by their employees to Scholarship America. Check with your human resources department to find out if this option is available where you work.

Donate by Check

Mail your check, payable to:
Scholarship America Development Department
7900 International Drive, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55425

Please indicate how you would like your name listed in our Donor Report, published each fall with Scholarship America’s Annual Report, or if you would like your gift to remain anonymous. Your gift amount will remain confidential. Within two weeks of receiving your tax deductible contribution, you will receive a thank you and receipt letter.

Donate Your Time

Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national network of nearly 700 grassroots community-based, volunteer-driven scholarship foundations in cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the United States. Last year, Dollars for Scholars chapters raised more than $72 million, awarded more than $41 million in scholarships to more than 38,500 students, and invested the remainder primarily in endowment funds for future scholarships.

To find a Dollars for Scholars chapter in your area click here.

Donor Privacy Policy

Scholarship America does not sell or share donor information with external organizations.

We help more students graduate with less debt.

Ben always knew he wanted to go to college and become an engineer. He knew it would be financially challenging, and require hard work and sacrifice. But he didn’t know that less than halfway through, he would be at risk of dropping out.

Nearly fifty percent of college students drop out – citing the need to work to make ends meet as the number one reason. You have the power to change the ending of Ben’s story.

An education is a gift that lasts a lifetime.


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