2016 Dreams To Degrees Event

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 event!

The 2016 Dreams to Degrees dinner — now known as the National Dreams to Success Awards — honored those who have made a significant impact in helping students pursue and achieve their educational dreams, and highlighted inspiring students who are on the path to completing their postsecondary degrees. The inspiring evening honored the Osage Nation, Travelers Companies and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for their work on behalf of students.

See more photos from the event on our Flickr page, and watch the mini-documentaries about each of the honorees below.

Charlene Hinton, student speaker at Dreams to Degrees 2016

2016 Honorees

Scholarship America is proud to present the 2016 Dreams to Degrees Awards to three organizations dedicated to student success: The Osage Nation, The Travelers Companies, Inc. and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

The Osage Nation

The Osage Nation (Wah-Zha-Zhi Ni-Kah-Zhi) has maintained its strong sense of culture, ancestry and history across generations, particularly in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where the tribal government is headquartered. The Nation’s commitment to educating the next generation of Osages continues today through the Osage Nation’s Department of Education. Today, the Department offers a wide range of tribally-funded education support for students, including tutoring, internships, externships, youth outreach projects – and its largest program, the Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship Program.

The Travelers Companies

Travelers is one of nation’s largest property casualty companies, offering a broad range of insurance products to help individuals, families and businesses. The insurance company’s charitable arm, Travelers Foundation, expands that support by committing to building strong, vibrant communities, with a primary focus on education. Recognizing the importance of equipping the nation’s next generation of leaders, the Travelers Foundation launched Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams to Graduation and Employment). The program employs a holistic model that blends student support, community partnerships and business opportunities.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Inspired by their shared desire to improve the lives of children living in urban poverty, Michael and Susan Dell established their foundation in 1999. Since then, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed more than $1 billion to initiatives in the United States, India and South Africa. The Foundation’s commitment to wraparound support for students and reducing financial barriers to college completion led to the creation of the Dell Scholars Program in 2004 – a unique scholarship and mentoring program for low-income, highly motivated students who have overcome adversity and demonstrate a drive to succeed.


Hattie KaufmannEmcee
We were thrilled to have Hattie Kauffman as the emcee for the 2016 event!

Hattie Kauffman joined ABC’s Good Morning America in 1987, where she served as a Special Correspondent and frequent substitute anchor.

In 1990, Hattie moved to CBS News as a correspondent and substitute anchor on CBS This Morning. In her two decades with the network, Hattie also reported for 48 Hours, Street Stories, Sunday Morning, CBS Radio, CBS Special Reports, the Early Show, and CBS Evening News.

Hattie’s memoir, Falling Into Place, was released in September 2013.