Longtime Volunteer and Washington State Senator Ken Jacobsen Receives Community Hero Award

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08 May 2009
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Northwest Dollars for Scholars® has selected Sen. Ken Jacobsen to receive the Northwest Dollars for Scholars Community Hero Award for his ongoing commitment to higher education. Randy Dorn, Superintendant of Public Instruction, will present the award at the Seventh Annual Light the Fire for Education Reception on May 21.

Jacobsen was instrumental in starting and developing Northwest Dollars for Scholars, a division of Scholarship America®. He also started the Community Scholarship Matching Grant Program, which provides $2,000 grants to 100 scholarship foundations each year.

“I truly believe that college education is a critical part to career success,” said Jacobsen. “Creating and funding programs to help pay for school assists many students in achieving this life goal.”

In addition to serving as Chair Emeritus on the Northwest Dollars for Scholars board, Jacobsen also serves as Honor Roll Trustee for Scholarship America and serves on the Bright Future Dollars for Scholars board.

Past recipients of the Community Hero Award include Steve Raible, Dick Spady and Mark Emmert.

Light the Fire for Education, May 21, 5:00 p.m. – Salty’s on Alky, 1936 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle; benefiting Northwest Dollars for Scholars. The reception will recognize efforts of local Dollars for Scholars chapters and raise funds to help create and expand the availability of private-sector scholarships and college planning assistance.

We are proud to announce our sponsors—Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), Symetra Financial, Ameriprise Financial, Quote Wizard, Education Dynamics, and the Washington Education Association. 

Four volunteers from local Dollars for Scholars chapters will receive Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards recognizing the tremendous impact they have on the students, the community and the boards they serve.

Contact
Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
952.830.7307; jfugate@scholarshipamerica.org

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About Northwest Dollars for Scholars®
Over the past ten years Dollars for Scholars® has expanded dramatically in the Northwest. With over 2,000 volunteers in over 140 Washington and Oregon communities Dollars for Scholars chapters raise over $6.5 million and award over 3,000 scholarships to Washington and Oregon students each year. Northwest Dollars for Scholars has partnered with 29 colleges and universities in Washington and Oregon that offer special incentives or matching grants.

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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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