The Dreams to Success National Education Dinner & Awards Celebration, presented by Voya, is the centerpiece of Scholarship America’s Dreams to Success Day—dedicated to both celebrating and supporting America’s best students. In addition, we gather to recognize some of the most impactful student success initiatives. We are thrilled to announce the 2018 recipients of the Scholarship America Honors, who will take center stage on May 22.

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2018 Scholarship America Honors 

Scholarship America is proud to present the 2018 Scholarship America Honors to Senator George J. MitchellGenentech and the GE Foundation.

Senator George J. Mitchell

United States Senator, Maine – 1980-1995
Senate Majority Leader – 1989-1995
Founder, The Mitchell Institute

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Institute has awarded more than 2,500 scholarships totaling over $14,500,000 to a graduating student from each of Maine’s 130 public high schools.  Recipients receive more than a check: the Mitchell Institute also offers a wide array of personal, academic and professional support programs.


Futurelab: Genentech’s STEM Education Program

Futurelab is Genentech’s STEM education initiative that supports all K-12 students in the South San Francisco Unified School District and gets them excited to learn about science, improves their college readiness and inspires them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Futurelab Scholarships motivate these students to dream big, and include four-year awards of $50,000 per year to two exceptional seniors each year.

GE Foundation

For more than 100 years, GE has supported efforts to create a high-quality education pipeline for students around the world. Through its signature education and skills initiatives – Developing Futures™ and Developing Skills™ – the GE Foundation seeks to empower 14-24-year-old students by providing access to learning experiences necessary for the workforce of tomorrow. In addition, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program and new GE-JFK Library Scholarship Program reward college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.

Celebrating the 2017 and 2018 Dream Award Scholars

We are thrilled to be able to honor the remarkable students of Scholarship America’s 2017 Dream Award Scholarship class—and to celebrate the Scholarship America Dream Award Class of 2018 as well.

These Ten Students Earned Scholarship America Dream Awards

The 2017 Dream Award Scholarship recipients (pictured above) were announced at last year’s Dreams to Success event, and we are very happy to have them join us in 2018 for the Student Success Day and Awards Dinner. They are: Umesh Bhandari, University of Texas at Arlington; Mikayla Bridgewater, Missouri University of Science & Technology; Yessenia Cantero Hernandez, Northern Kentucky University; April Lewis, Spelman College; Shun Lin, University of California – Berkeley; Arial Martinez, South Mountain Community College; Jorge Morales, San Francisco State University; Ezekiel Ogden, Northern Arizona University; Tiara Wills, Pratt Institute and Shanell Yenchik, Northern Arizona University.

(Throughout the year, we have been sharing their amazing stories on our Success By Degrees blog. Click any linked name to learn more!)

We will also welcome the 2018 Dream Award Scholarship recipients, to be announced in March of 2018.


We change lives through education. Will you join us?

We invite you and your organization to be a part of our 2018 Dreams to Success Day. Click above to download a PDF invitation, and visit our Partner Summit page to learn how to connect with more scholarship experts — we hope to see you there!

To learn more about supporting the event through sponsorships, please visit the Sponsorship Overview. Questions? Please call or email Ben Smith, Director, Development at 952-830-7317; or Andrea Smith, Vice President, Development at 952-830-7316.