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September 6, 2018
More Funding Needed to Support All Dependents of Those Killed or Permanently Disabled in the 9/11 Attacks MINNEAPOLIS (September 5, 2018) - Scholarship America® is pleased to announce its Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®—the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families—has surpassed $152 million in total scholarships awarded to more than 3,500 students since September 11, 2001. That figure includes over $12 million in needs-based scholarships to support 800 students during the 2017-18 academic year. The…
August 30, 2018
It is a long road from a rough neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia to the executive suite, but that’s Chantel Lewis-Cummings’ path. When she was just two years old, Chantel's father was killed. She moved in with her grandmother in Savannah. A few years later her grandmother's health began to decline and she lost her job. With no income, they were evicted and had to move into Chantel's great-aunt's basement. That was when Chantel's mother, who…
August 21, 2018
There’s an old piece of wisdom that “being rich means you don’t have to think about money.” The source of that quote is long lost, but it remains as true as ever—and for too many students and families, the opposite is equally true. If you’re struggling with finances, money is never far from your mind. Higher education is a way out; unfortunately, the very financial stress students are trying to escape can make it harder…
August 15, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2018) – Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship America Dream Award now through Monday, October 15, 2018. In its sixth year, the Dream Award is Scholarship America’s unique renewable scholarship program for students with financial need who have overcome barriers and successfully started their college education. Awards are made to students from across the nation who are entering their second year or…
August 10, 2018
The saying "nothing is impossible" characterizes Denis Cruz and his philosophy on life. Born in Honduras, Denis spent his childhood in a small village with his mother. The entire village lived in poverty, but Denis's family was among the poorest of the poor. In order to provide for her family, Denis's mother took a job in Spain, leaving him to live with his grandmother. At age 14, Denis moved into a house with his cousins…
August 2, 2018
Navigating how to pay for college may seem like an overwhelming task – especially if you are a first-generation college student. You may feel like you have been dropped into in a maze of loans, scholarships and grants where a wrong turn could end in a huge loan bill at the end of your studies. As a first-generation college student, you will likely have to navigate your own path, but you don’t have to go…
July 27, 2018
Our circumstances—where we’re born, our family’s history, our economic status—play an outsized role in shaping our identity in the world. For Rachel Muir, those circumstances weren’t the ones that usually lead to higher education. Rachel grew up in foster care and was adopted at 15 by a couple in her community whose primary source of income was delivering groceries for the local supermarket. “I was poor and no one I knew went to college,” Rachel…
July 20, 2018
Preparing for higher education is one of the most stressful times in a student’s life. Between classes, standardized tests, admission deadlines, scholarship applications and financial aid forms, the junior and senior years of high school are a whirlwind. It’s all too easy to be overwhelmed—and that makes students all too vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. Whether they’re out to make a quick buck, or they’re aiming to harvest personal information, scammers know to…
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 Buy Tickets Now! Enter the code "FREEDOM" at checkout to indicate you learned about the offer from Scholarship America. NEWARK, N.J. (July 18, 2018) – Prudential Center has announced that it will host the third…
July 12, 2018
Twenty years ago, the National Science Foundation began using the acronym “STEM” as an easy-to-remember shorthand for the wide range of academic disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math. From these humble beginnings, STEM has come to dominate a great deal of the conversation around higher education. Some see it as the most practical, important pathway for college students to follow; others, as a poor substitute for the well-rounded liberal arts education of years past. STEM graduates…
June 29, 2018
Scholarships are a vital way of closing the gap between students’ financial aid and the constantly growing cost of higher education. That gap causes countless students to struggle, stop out or drop out of college—and at Scholarship America, our mission is to keep that from happening. However, scholarships aren’t always the whole answer. Even with a scholarship to ease the burden, the cost of attending college can be overwhelming. Books, housing, transportation and other non-tuition…
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…
June 12, 2018
We have said it before, but it bears repeating as often as possible: higher education has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive. For students from low-income families, this is a catch-22 of massive proportions. If college were accessible and affordable, they’d have a better chance to break the cycle of generational poverty; instead, the struggle to pay for higher education can leave students in dire financial straits. At Scholarship America,…
June 1, 2018
In a perfect world, every scholarship would perpetuate another scholarship. After all, private scholarships help millions of students fill in the gap between financial aid and the cost of attendance. That means more college graduates earning higher salaries and carrying less debt—and that also means more people with the means to give back to scholarships. Of course, we know that’s not always the way it works. The costs of buying a house, raising a family,…
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…