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Support of Minority Scholarships Opens Doors for Everyone


Earlier this year, President Barack Obama launched "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to unlock the potential of boys and young men of color. The president's memorandum made it clear: There are gaps in opportunity for those who identify as minorities that need to be closed. As part of the initiative, the task force will tackle increasing college completion -- a goal that aligns with the work Scholarship America has done and will do.

In-Depth Higher Education News From Scholarship America

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Three times a year, Scholarship America sends out a print newsletter with updates on exciting things happening within the organization, and throughout the world of financial aid. Our recent May issue included an announcement about an exciting partnership, an inspiring story about a student whose scholarship was made possible thanks to Scholarship America staff, and other news. Read on for a quick summary. (The full issue is available here.)

Five Things to Think About When Starting a Scholarship Program

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There's no question that higher education is important -- and creating a scholarship program can be an invaluable way for your company or foundation to support students and employees. What better way to help deserving students than to help offset the cost of their education? Whether you're an individual, a family, a member of an association or private foundation or a human resources representative for a company, we've laid out five essential factors to guide your scholarship steps.

A Momentous Week For Scholarship America -- and Students

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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

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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.

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