3 Things Parents Need To Contribute To Scholarship Applications

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

With a new year in full swing, high school and college students are currently surrounded by lots of information about the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available starting Jan. 1, and most funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until depleted. That’s why Scholarship America encourages families to look at the FAFSA together as soon as possible, and why your students should submit their applications sooner rather than later, maximizing their chances for receiving federal aid.

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Topics: financial aid for parents, fafsa

Scholarships Have A Direct Impact On America's Workforce

Posted by Matt Konrad on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

When a scholarship is awarded, the most obvious effect is on the student receiving it: after working hard to earn good grades and build a solid resume, the recipient of any scholarship can breathe a little easier when they think about paying for college. For those who sponsor and support scholarships, there’s also a noticeable effect -- a gift that helps students get closer to a degree is one of the most satisfying gifts you can give.

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Janelle Is Still In College Thanks To You

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Two years ago, Janelle Wiser found herself drowning in responsibilities. As a college sophomore, she had many burdens to bear: working four jobs to keep afloat financially, juggling a full course load to continue her schooling, and picking up extra work hours to send money home to her family. The work was too much, forcing Janelle to drop extracurricular activities and a class that she had been struggling with -- and threatening to make her quit school entirely.

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Topics: scholarships, dream award, katie couric, giving

Scholarship America Joins the President, Education Leaders at White House Summit

Posted by Matt Konrad on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Last week, Scholarship America was honored to join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action.  

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5 Reasons to Support Scholarship America on Giving Tuesday

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Tomorrow, Scholarship America is joining thousands of other charities, businesses and individuals for #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate generosity and to give back to the community. We’re committed to making postsecondary success possible for students, and we’re thrilled if you can join us in making that a reality for millions of students nationwide. Here are five reasons why your support on #GivingTuesday makes such a difference for students.

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Topics: why scholarships matter, giving, private scholarships, #givingtuesday

Catching Up With Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars, Matching Grant Recipient

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Earlier this fall, dedicated volunteers from our Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars affiliate in western New York took the concept of “homecoming” to a whole new level: for a week, they made their high school’s football field their actual home.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, renewable scholarships, matching grant program

Supporting Your First-Generation College Student

Posted by Matt Konrad on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

For parents, sending a son or daughter off to college is always a little bit frightening. After all, they’re leaving home, moving in with new roommates and embarking on a whole new stage of life. And for parents who didn’t go to college themselves, the process can be even scarier -- while you want your child to succeed, you may feel like you don’t know where to start or how to help.

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Topics: financial aid for parents, first-generation students

Dollars for Scholars Works on “Expanding Your Reach” at Affiliate Conferences

Posted by Carissa Chang Cress on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

The fall air may be turning crisper at Scholarship America headquarters in Minneapolis, but that hasn’t stopped the national travels of Dollars for Scholars staff for "Expanding Your Reach," this year’s Dollars for Scholars regional affiliate conferences.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, local students, conferences

Here’s Why Scholarships for Career and Technical Education Matter

Posted by Matt Konrad on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

For American students, the educational experience is always changing: slide rules turned into graphing calculators, Trapper Keepers were replaced with tablets and class registration lines moved online. And as high schools and colleges continue to reshape themselves for the next century, their vocational and technical programs have undergone equally massive changes -- becoming more important to more students than ever before.

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Topics: career and technical education, CTE scholarships

How You Can Help Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Posted by Carissa Chang on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

For recent college graduates, the knowledge, skills and relationships formed during their school years will equip them for years to come. Yet, for millions of these graduates, their higher education journey will also come with another post-graduation reality: student loan debt. And for some, that debt exponentially increases into a full-fledged crisis.

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Topics: dollars for scholars, student loan debt, the debt crisis

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