Scholarship America Dream Award:
Selection Committee

A team of highly respected education professionals will join Scholarship America’s President & CEO, Bob Ballard, to select the recipients of the 2016-17 Scholarship America Dream Award:

Bob Ballard
President & CEO, Scholarship America
Bob Ballard joined Scholarship America® as President & CEO in September 2015. He brings more than 30 years of higher education finance experience, most recently having served as Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, at USA Funds, where he directed all philanthropic programs and grant-making activities totaling more than $21.4 million in 2014 to promote access and success in higher education. His experience also includes leadership positions at Sallie Mae, Citibank and EDULINX Canada Corporation, all of which focused on supporting financing for college students. He is extensively involved in national and local charitable organizations, including having served as Board Chair for Indiana Dollars for Scholars and as a member of Scholarship America’s own Board of Trustees since 2012. Mr. Ballard joins Scholarship America just following the launch of its first public policy platform and as a new strategic planning process is underway which will define the organization's goals and direction for the next several years.

Martha J. Kanter
Distinguished Visiting Professor/Senior Fellow, New York University & Former Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Martha J. Kanter served as U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 2009 until December 2013. In this role, she oversaw policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, and federal student aid. Kanter and her team focused on improving college access, affordability, quality and completion, as part of President Obama's American Graduation Initiative. She also supervised six White House Initiatives on: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; American Indian and Alaska Native Education; Educational Excellence for African Americans and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Tina Lee
Managing Director, World Journal
Tina Lee joined the World Journal, North America’s largest Chinese-language daily newspaper, in 2001. She is also executive vice president of Cooper Investors, Inc., which develops, owns and operates commercial real estate in the U.S., Europe and Asia.In 2008, she was one of eight New Yorkers awarded the New York State Women of Excellence Award. Lee has volunteered extensively on behalf of students as a former member of the Scholarship America board of trustees, and as the founder and president of the Greater New York Chinese Community Dollars for Scholars.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
President and Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College
Eloy Ortiz Oakley is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. He strongly believes that California's emerging economies demand a highly educated workforce, and that the state's 112 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under Oakley's leadership since 2007, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards for its efforts to improve student completion rates, and for teaching small business owners throughout the greater Los Angeles area how to grow and succeed.

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