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A Momentous Week For Scholarship America -- and Students

Max Espinoza joins President Obama at the White House

Scholarship America’s founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, received a congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower as he began expanding his community-scholarship idea across New England more than 50 years ago. One of the first donations to our national organization came from former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. And, this week, Scholarship America renewed our connection to the White House: Max Espinoza, our Senior Vice President of Education Programs and Policy, joined education leaders and student advocates at the White House for two major events. These events are important milestones for our organization -- and even more important for America’s students.

Where Will This Year’s High School Grads Be Next Year?


Caps, gowns and graduation parties are in full force this season, and with good reason: In 2012, the U.S. crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate, the first time in the nation's history. We'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge this momentous achievement, especially since GradNation also revealed that the number of students enrolled in "dropout factory" high schools -- schools in which twelfth grade enrollment is 60 percent or less than ninth grade enrollment three years earlier -- decreased 47 percent over the past decade.

Dream Award Winners Get The Scholarship Surprise of a Lifetime

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The Scholarship America Dream Award was established to provide growing, renewable scholarships to help current college students complete their degrees. After reviewing thousands of applications, the selection committee chose the twelve remarkable students below as the first class of recipients; they were introduced to the nation on the May 23 episode of Katie, the daytime talk show hosted by Dream Award supporter Katie Couric.

Introducing Helen Montie: 2014 Scholarship America National Student Volunteer of the Year

Helen Montie

Congratulations to Helen Montie of Lincoln, Massachusetts, Scholarship America's 2014 National Student Volunteer of the Year! Helen was nominated for the award by her local Dollars for Scholars affiliate, Lincoln-Sudbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars, and received a $1,000, four-year renewable scholarship.

Meet The Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Winners (Part 3 of 3)

Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Winners

It has been our pleasure to introduce the first two groups of Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award recipients; here are the rest of this illustrious group of 20 students, each of whom earned $1,000 scholarships for embodying the spirit of volunteerism in Dollars for Scholars communities!

Meet The Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Winners (Part 2 of 3)

Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Winners

Last week, you met the first five of our Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award winners: outstanding students who earned $1,000 awards for embodying the spirit of volunteerism in our Dollars for Scholars communities. We’re pleased to introduce you to seven more of these remarkable students today!

Education Assistance Services Paid Off for General Motors

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In 2012, Carmen Gil received a life-changing call. She was selected to receive a $25,000-per-year scholarship from the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, which is funded by the General Motors Foundation.

Meet The Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award Winners (Part 1 of 3)

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Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars communities work every day on a local, grassroots level to help their students get a college degree. Student volunteers are an invaluable resource in those communities, and the Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is Scholarship America's way of honoring students who embody the volunteer spirit of Dollars for Scholars.

Make a Difference by Supporting Scholarships This Graduation Season


This spring, there's a palpable excitement in school hallways across the country -- graduation is approaching, and, for many high school seniors, college is just around the corner. Whether your own child or other students in your neighborhood are graduating, the sense of accomplishment in receiving a diploma is well-deserved.

Your Volunteering Can Drive College Success

Decorah Community School District Foundation Dollars for Scholars

Despite the rising costs of higher education, a college degree remains the single best way for young Americans to find fulfilling careers. College graduates are likely to earn more money, live healthier and happier lives, and contribute more to civic life than their peers whose education ends with high school.

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