Your city, town or district can join as a Community Chapter, operating under the umbrella of our IRS tax exemption and 501(c)(3) designation.
Your company can create a Corporate Chapter, which is also able to operate under Scholarship America’s nonprofit designation.
If you’re an existing nonprofit looking to add a scholarship component, you can license the Dollars for Scholars model and become an Affiliate Provider.
What Scholarship America Provides
Scholarship America is committed to supporting the development and sustainability of our Dollars for Scholars chapters by operating and/or providing:
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable status and IRS tax filing
- Online scholarship application and management
- Customizable website with online donation and sponsorship capabilities
- Resource Center with best practice guides, tips and templates
- Trademark protection
- Promotional items
- Monthly inTouch e-newsletter
- Collegiate Partners affiliation
- Chapter/Volunteer Recognition Awards
- National Matching Grant Program and other funding opportunities
- In-Person and web-based networking and training
- Personalized, expert consultation
- Visibility and public awareness through a respected brand and national policy work
The wide array of specific affiliation benefits continues to grow based on the needs of students and our affiliates. Download this PDF overview to learn more about the current list of benefits and values for Dollars for Scholars chapters.
Dollars for Scholars Chapter Expectations
In exchange for the benefits above, Scholarship America expects two things from all affiliates:
- You raise money annually with a goal of awarding impactful, performance-based renewable scholarships to students with financial need who have also demonstrated motivation and perseverance.
- You maintain an ongoing connection with scholarship recipients and track student outcomes. Scholarships are most effective at increasing college completion rates when combined with some type of social engagement—adult or peer mentoring, clubs/activities, summer internships and online discussion or social networking programs. Whatever engagement activity a program chooses, the purpose should be to provide personal and/or professional support for scholarship recipients in order to help them succeed in college and in life.
How Do I Start?
The first step in the affiliation process is to get in touch with your Director of Community Engagement and fill out a Chapter Organizer Profile: click here to get started. Please note that subsequent steps will require help from others in your community. After you start the process, take time to identify and select other organizers/leaders to help plan and lay the foundation for your Dollars for Scholars program. Scholarship America is also here to help every step of the way. Questions? Contact Don Setterlof, Director of Dollars for Scholars Affiliation.