Scholarship America Founder Receives Award in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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19 Jan 2009
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Scholarship America is proud to announce that its founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, has received a Drum Major Award from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Drum Major Awards recognize two individuals or organizations annually that have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace and have answered Dr. King’s 1968 call for citizens to be “drum majors for justice.” In one of his more famous sermons, Dr. King said, “…say that I was a drum major for justice…for peace…for righteousness.”

“It is our honor as a university to recognize these individuals who have dedicated their lives to creating opportunities for people,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “These are individuals who have put Dr. King’s words into action. They are indeed drum majors for justice, examples for us all to follow.”

Dr. Fradkin will be presented with the award, along with the second honoree, Carol Spencer, Director of the UMass Dartmouth College Now program, at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Friday, February 6. It was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.

Awardees will designate a charitable organization of their choice, to which a check of $1,000 will be given in their name.

 “I am deeply honored to accept this award in honor of Dr. King,” said Dr. Fradkin. “I began this organization with the belief that we are all God’s children; that regardless of race, religion or color, every child has the right to a college education.”

Dr. Fradkin, an optometrist from Fall River, Massachusetts, developed Scholarship America from a simple but profound idea: if everyone in his community gave one dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community who wanted to attend college. Today, "Dollars for Scholars" has developed into the nation's premier non-profit, private sector educational assistance program.

Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
Michelle Showalter, Scholarship America

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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.

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