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July 18, 2018
Partnership with Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Renewed To Help Support The Education Of Children Impacted By September 11 Attacks  NCAA Men’s Basketball Doubleheader To Feature: Florida State vs. UConn Clemson vs. Mississippi State Both Games Will Air Exclusively On ESPN 2 Tickets On Sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. EST NEWARK, N.J. (July 18, 2018) – Prudential Center has announced that it will host the third annual Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday, December 8. This…
June 25, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS - June 25, 2018 - Scholarship America has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2018 and was published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 71,000 employees at…
May 24, 2018
Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and education support organization, celebrated individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact helping students achieve their educational dreams at its fourth annual Dreams to Success Awards Dinner May 22. The event was held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. and attended by 400 leaders in education, government, business and philanthropy. Vocalist Jearlyn Steele served as master of ceremonies and performed with The MusicianShip Washington…
May 7, 2018
Since 2015, Scholarship America has hosted an annual salute to student success and those who make it possible. On May 22, 2018, we’re celebrating our biggest Dreams to Success event yet: a whole day of inspiration, education and celebration centered on students and their champions. Registration remains open through the end of this week. If you’re thinking of joining us in Washington later this month, here’s what’s in store.
April 19, 2018
At the beginning of 2018, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing reported over 1,000 colleges and universities have made ACT/SAT scores optional in their admissions process. Many factors contribute to this trend, including recent studies suggesting GPA is a better predictor of college success than test scores and that test requirements deter many qualified first-generation students. This is because the tests have typically favored more affluent students who can afford to take multiple test prep…
April 9, 2018
Since Scholarship America’s founding in 1958, we have consistently grown and changed along with  the world of higher education. Our original, community-based scholarship programs still operate today—but they, along with our other services, are flexible, always aiming to meet the most pressing needs of students. As we move into our seventh decade of service, our strategic direction continues to put students at the center of our work. But that strategy is also being updated to reflect new…
April 2, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2018) – Twelve extraordinary students have been selected as recipients of Scholarship America’s 2018 Dream Award, given to students who have completed or expect to successfully complete at least one full year of postsecondary education by June, 2018. The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards were made to 12 students selected from across the nation…
March 13, 2018
Students and their families are often surprised to realize some colleges reduce their financial aid packages when the student earns private scholarship dollars—a practice called financial aid displacement or award displacement. Colleges that practice displacement say it helps free up more funds for more students; students and families say it unfairly punishes those making the effort to earn scholarships. Whatever your perspective, it’s a complicated issue without easy answers. The most accurate description we’ve seen of displacement…
March 9, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (March 9, 2018) – Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is pleased to announce the recipients of the new Midwest Scholars Dream Award given to students who have completed or expect to successfully complete at least one full year of postsecondary education by June, 2018. “This generous award was created through a $2 million one-time gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous,” noted Robert C. Ballard, Scholarship America’s president…
March 5, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (March 1, 2018)  — Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce Jeff Silverman, Managing Partner, Summit Group of Virginia,  has been elected to its Board of Trustees. Silverman is one of the founding partners of Summit Group of Virginia. Founded in 1996, Summit Group of Virginia LLP is an independent, financial consulting firm located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Silverman focuses on helping businesses and their owners…
March 5, 2018
Financial support alone is not enough to get students through school.  This is nothing new; research has proven time and time again that often more barriers emerge once a student has started to pursue their education, even if they have adequate financial aid to pay tuition. Food insecurity and homelessness are common struggles, and simply feeling out of place can often lead to burnout. While additional grants and food pantries can help alleviate some of…
February 21, 2018
If you’re applying for scholarships—or if you’re guiding students, managing awards or helping a family member—you know we’ve hit the busiest part of the financial aid calendar. Many state FAFSA deadlines are approaching; colleges are beginning to put together aid packages for current and potential students; scholarship application deadlines come and go nearly every day. Lots of deadlines also mean lots of information. Most of that information is helpful, but not everything you see or…
February 12, 2018
The sweeping tax-related legislation passed at the close of 2017 will have far-reaching impacts throughout the American economy—including in the higher education sector. Now that the dust is starting to settle, here’s our look at what students, families, institutions and education supporters can expect in the near future.
February 1, 2018
Life started out rough for Umesh Bhandari, who spent most of his early years in a refugee camp in Nepal waiting for his family’s opportunity to build their life in America. It was a helpless time, as there was no way for his parents to earn their living, and they relied solely upon government support. Umesh’s father started working a job in India for extra funds for his family.
January 25, 2018
Ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program will profoundly affect nearly 800,000 students nationwide. Unless Congress takes action, there will no longer be any federal protection for Dreamers.  Finding a permanent solution for those students is critical to their success and ability to contribute to our country.  Scholarship America, along with virtually all colleges and universities and many other national student support organizations, calls on the U. S. Congress to pass the Dream…