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Mike Nylund joined Scholarship America in July 2013, bringing more than 20 years of professional experience in sales to our social enterprise.
Before coming to Scholarship America, Mike held interim positions with Merrill Corporation, where he led a team of 150 people to provide consulting services to domestic and international clients. He also served as the Director of Financial Aid Operations, Customer Service and Compliance at Capella University. There, Mike led a financial aid team of 120 people and worked side by side with Enrollment, Academic Advising, Marketing & New Program Development to ensure institutional goals were met while maintaining compliance with federal and state financial aid regulations.
Mike is a graduate of Michigan State University and a former recipient of the Medio J. Bacco Memorial renewable scholarship, which gave him access to a postsecondary education. When he’s not working, Mike enjoys international travel, cooking, wine, running an occasional marathon and spending time with Diesel, his spoiled golden retriever.
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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