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Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, announced today that Lauren Segal has joined the organization as President & CEO. Segal comes to Scholarship America with 30 years of nonprofit sector experience, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Greater Twin Cities United Way.
“Lauren has an excellent track record of innovation, thought leadership and garnering required resources—financial, people and influence—that will help us fulfill our mission to make college possible for all students. Her experience at the local level with United Way, which has an organizational structure very similar to Scholarship America’s, will be an incredible asset for us,” said Dick Schwab, Chair, Scholarship America board of trustees.
Segal joined United Way of America in 1980, and worked in several capacities in various local United Way organizations before taking the reins as president of United Way of Somerset County in New Jersey. She moved to St. Paul to head up the St. Paul chapter in 1994 and then became CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way in 2004 following its merger with the Minneapolis United Way organization. The Greater Twin Cities United Way is the third largest local United Way organization in the country.
Under Segal’s leadership, Greater Twin Cities United Way evolved from an annual workplace fundraising model to a year-round customer relationship fundraising strategy that has become a model for United Ways across the nation. Segal was also instrumental in focusing the organization’s funding priorities primarily on efforts that positively affect individuals at or below the poverty line in the nine-county Twin Cities region.
“I have a real commitment to Scholarship America’s mission—ensuring students have access to higher education,” said Segal. “Education is a great equalizer. A college education is more and more necessary for all students to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. For students from low-income families, education beyond high school provides the best opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.”
Segal added, “I am thrilled to join an organization at the national level, where I will be able to use my experience and skills to impact a system-wide level of service delivery. I am excited, inspired and eager to build on the wonderful relationships I’ve developed throughout my career; to introduce more people to Scholarship America’s mission; and to work with the volunteers and staff at the local and national levels.”
Segal received a bachelor of science in business management from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, United Way of Minnesota, and The Itasca Project. In addition, Segal served on the Governor’s Ending Long Term Homelessness Advisory Council and was an instructor for the Center for Community Leadership. Segal has received numerous awards, including The Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 1995 and “25 Women to Watch” in 2004.
Janine Fugate, Scholarship America
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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.
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