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Scholarship America supporter Katie Couric featured our founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, on her nationwide daytime talk show, Katie! In addition to a video profile and in-studio interview, the show provided Dr. Fradkin a surprise: scholarship recipients from 1961 to the present came out to thank him for his life's work.
Katie and Dr. Fradkin also spoke with Hannah Truong, our 2013 Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year, and Katie announced the opening of the Scholarship America Dream Award. This scholarship, which she supports through proceeds from her book The Best Advice I Ever Got, provides funding for students after their freshman year of college, when financial aid is often all too hard to come by. Learn more about the Dream Award here, and visit katiecouric.com for more with Hannah and Dr. Fradkin!
"Itron was honored to collaborate with Scholarship America and the American Gas Association (AGA) to bring the Harley Davidson Fundraiser to the AGA Conference & Exhibition. More than $35,000 was raised for Scholarship America in the form of raffle ticket donations and a $5,000 gift from AGA at this year’s show.
"AGA attendee Danny MacDonald was the lucky winner of the 110th Anniversary Limited Edition Fat Boy Lo Harley Davidson Motorcycle, which was drawn and announced in front of a large crowd on the exhibit floor the final day of the show.
"Funds raised will be targeted toward STEM-specific scholarships and will fund a multi-year, performance-based scholarship, beginning the 2014-15 school year."
Scholarship America is proud to manage the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation's Broad Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional school district for the purpose of scholarship funding. 2013's award of $160,000 went to California's Corona-Norco Unified School District—and the district students who won scholarships from the fund learned about their awards in a surprise ceremony. PE.com has more:
"Eight high school seniors in the Corona-Norco Unified School District got the surprise of their lives Wednesday, May 15, when each won a $20,000 college scholarship.
"The $160,000 in scholarships resulted from the district’s finish as a 2012 Broad Prize finalist by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy.
"The students, unaware of what was to come, had been invited to attend a tour of Home Gardens Academy and later a news conference with Broad Foundation representatives and district officials. The students thought they would be part of a student focus group session afterwards."
Watch the video above to meet some of the student recipients, and check out the full article for much more on this unique scholarship collaboration!
Scholarship America founder Dr. Irving Fradkin has been a tireless volunteer for our organization for 55 years. On his 92nd birthday, he decided it was time to retire; along with Scholarship America president Lauren Segal, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy and a host of others, the Fall River Herald was there for the ceremony:
"Local optometrist Irving Fradkin believed so strongly in making sure young people had access to a college education that he once made a collect call — which actually connected — to then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower to engage him on the subject.
"That was in the 1950s, and Fradkin’s belief was not universally held. Back then, there were no Pell Grants, no community colleges and few other forms student aid to help young people pay for college ... But Fradkin refused to believe that was how it should be. He believed in America and democracy — but also believed that true democracy would not last if young people could not all be educated.
"So, in 1958 ... [h]e founded a program called Dollars for Scholars, challenging those in his community to give at least one dollar toward sending Fall River youth to college. The program has gone nationwide since — over the last 55 years, the program raised more than $3 billion and has helped send 1.9 million youth to college. It’s now called Scholarship America and has chapters in about 1,100 communities nationwide."
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation created its scholarship program in partnership with Scholarship America; the program is designed to award $2,500 scholarships to students in skilled trade programs at vocational, technical or trade schools. Mike appeared on Katie with Katie Couric to discuss the need for skilled-trade education—and to award the foundation's initial scholarships to powersport-technology students Joy Davidson and Roger Gresens. Watch the segment at katiecouric.com!
Scholarship America CEO Lauren Segal talked to KSTP-TV about getting ready for scholarship season -- watch the video above or check out the KSTP.com story for expert advice on finding, preparing and learning about scholarship opportunities! Want more great advice? You can also take a look at the extended version of the interview.
Scholarship America is one of ten charities included in the 2012 Real Simple magazine holiday giving guide. We were selected, as the magazine says, for "combin[ing] Scrooge’s fiscal discipline with Saint Nick’s generosity."
When A Little Gas Money Goes A Long Way: Emergency Grants Help Students Stay In School
Scholarship America's Dreamkeepers program, which provides emergency grants to students at 47 community and technical colleges across the country, is featured in a new Community College Times article on how students deal with crises. Pictured at left is Jacqueline Mathis, a student at Mountain Empire Community College and a Dreamkeepers recipient.
"[Jacqueline] found herself in an economic bind after her family moved across the county and the job her husband was offered fell through.
"'We had nothing,' she recalls, noting that she considered dropping out of the nursing program at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) in Virginia.
"But then MECC came through with a $500 emergency [Dreamkeepers] grant to help her pay for gas money for her 45-minute drive to class.
"'If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have been able to go to school,' she says."
PG&E Bright Futures Scholarship Surprises Students
The winners of PG&E's Bright Minds Scholarships, managed by Scholarship America, are learning of their scholarships during the final week of May -- and PG&E is making sure it's a surprise for each of them.
The video above is from Good Day Sacramento, and features student Marisa Monier receiving her surprise $30,000 scholarship award. Like many of the Bright Minds recipients, Marisa is the first in her family to attend college.
You can read more about Marisa and the first four recipients here. The second set of recipients, including a formerly-homeless single mom and an Afghanistan veteran, are profiled here. The winners were chosen from over 8,000 applicants, and we congratulate them all!
Katie Couric's "Best Advice" Paperback Benefits Scholarship America -- and Features Our Founder
As of April 17, award-winning journalist Katie Couric’s THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives is now available in trade paperback from Random House.
Couric is donating her profits from the sale of the book to Scholarship America -- and this new paperback edition also features a foreword from Dollars for Scholars founder Dr. Irving Fradkin! In addition, this edition features new contributions from Regis Philbin, Renee Fleming, and more, along with inspiring stories from Mario Batali, Michael Bloomberg, Drew Brees, Sheryl Crow, Michael J. Fox, Thomas Friedman, Ina Garten, Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Helen Mirren, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Alex Rodriguez, and Meryl Streep.
The Dream Award
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a new multi-year, performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These renewable, annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
The Scholarship Coach
Scholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!
Focus On The Finish Line
Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.
Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.