What comes to mind when you think of the word "volunteer?" Maybe you think of long hours, no pay and menial tasks. Or maybe you think that volunteering is only for older people.
For Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars, "volunteer" means so much more – our volunteers run the show in their communities, raising funds and awarding scholarship to deserving students across the country. They’re the best of the best, and that is why we take the opportunity on one special night each year to celebrate our volunteers and the great work they do.
Scholarship America’s 4th Annual Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Minneapolis, to honor this year’s awardees.
2013 Dr. Irving Fradkin National Affiliate of the Year
Winnacunnet Dollars for Scholars, New Hampshire
Dennis Kepner, Volunteer Board President
The Dr. Irving A. Fradkin National Affiliate of the Year award went to Winnacunnet Dollars for Scholars in New Hampshire. Their Board President, Dennis Kepner, accepted the award on behalf of the affiliate, which celebrated 50 years with Dollars for Scholars in 2013. The affiliate has awarded more than $1 million to students in their community and has continued to demonstrate a dedication to Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars program.
2013 H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson National New Affiliate of the Year
Stamford Dollars for Scholars, Connecticut
Tony D’Amelio, Volunteer Board President
Our H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson National New Affiliate of the Year award was presented to Stamford Dollars for Scholars, located in Connecticut. Tony D'Amelio, co-president, accepted the award for the affiliate, which was established just two years ago. Stamford Dollars for Scholars is a forward-thinking, engaged and successful Dollars for Scholars affiliate, serving urban communities and a diverse student population.
2013 Ralph “Cy” Seifert National Volunteer of the Year
Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars, Indiana
Vivian Whitaker, from the Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars affiliate in Indiana, is the 2013 Ralph "Cy" Seifert Dollars for Scholars Volunteer of the Year. Not only did Vivian set up Cloverdale’s new web site, she was also a key player in training students and board members on how to use it. Don Setterlof, the Area Director for Indiana and the southern Midwest shared, "Vivian is a high energy, very committed, well spoken, compassionate individual who firmly believes in the value and benefits of Scholarship America and Dollars for Scholars." Her involvement in the community and incredible leadership will help the Cloverdale Dollars for Scholars students for years to come.
2013 Student Volunteer of the Year
Bellingham Dollars for Scholars, Washington
Hannah Truong, the 2013 Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the year, hails from Bellingham, Wash. While we’d love to share her story here, you’ll have to check out Scholarship America’s 2013 Annual Report, "Focus on the Finish Line," which will be available later in December. Suffice it to say, Hannah is a very deserving student, and is in the middle of her first semester as a freshman at Yale University.
Inspired by the stories you’ve read here and think you have what it takes to join the ranks?
Scholarship America has Dollars for Scholars affiliates in 37 states and the District of Columbia, and is always looking for volunteers to support existing chapters and start new ones—whether you’re an adult concerned with the cost of higher education and the challenges facing students in your community, or a student yourself. Contact your local affiliate or, if you can’t find one nearby, consider starting a chapter. Scholarship America will support you every step of the way.
Dollars for Scholars’ 10,000 volunteers are the heart and soul of this flagship Scholarship America program, and have awarded nearly $564 million to 713,000 students since 1958. Scholarship America salutes our volunteers, the best of the best!