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Scholarship America, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that helps raise and distribute college scholarships for students, was chosen by CBS Evening News anchor, Katie Couric, as the beneficiary of a portion of proceeds from her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.
The book, which was released on April 12 by Random House, is a collection of essays, poems and advice from A-listers in business, entertainment and politics geared toward encouraging college graduates to think about their futures. In addition, two of Scholarship America’s New York-based scholarship recipients are featured in the book’s introduction.
Scholarship America, founded in 1961 by Dr. Irving Fradkin, has provided more than $2.5 billion in scholarships to 1.7 million students over the past 50 years. Scholarship America’s volunteer-driven program, Dollars for Scholars, helps students in 3,500 communities across the country receive assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process.
"Scholarship America changes lives every day by helping students afford a college education," Couric said. "Because my book offers inspirational advice from some amazing people on how to succeed in life, Scholarship America is the perfect partner organization for this project."
With the cost of college tuition on the rise and the number of college graduates on the decline, private scholarships are essential in bridging the gap. Scholarship America’s 4G philosophy—Get Ready, Get In, Get Through and Give Back—supports the continuum of student needs from college preparation and access through degree completion and opportunities to give back to the community.
"We are honored that Katie selected Scholarship America," said Lauren Segal, president and CEO of Scholarship America. "Her donation will support our National Scholarship Fund, which will help even more students across the country complete their college education, and the book itself will serve as a great inspiration for students as they plan their futures after graduation."
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About Scholarship America
Scholarship America is a national education service organization that mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. We have three core programs that help us achieve our mission: Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Management Services, and Dreamkeepers. Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.5 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 1.7 million students since 1958.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
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!
Nearly 1/4 of the U.S. population owes a collective $700 billion in student loan debt. We are committed to helping more students graduate from college with less debt. A gift of just $1 a day -- for a week, for a month, or for a year -- can help ensure that students are able to achieve their goals.