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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

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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.

Financial Aid Letters Have Arrived: Now What?


April is Financial Literacy Month; it's also the month in which students throughout Dollars for Scholars communities are receiving financial aid letters from their current or prospective colleges. As your affiliate volunteer work focuses on evaluating and awarding scholarship applications, here are three ways to help students understand and maximize their financial aid packages.

Why Trade, Vocational and Technical School Scholarship Programs Are Crucial


Finding a job isn't always easy. Finding a job without the right credentials is even harder. This can especially be true for employees in a trade or technical field, where having a specific set of skills to do a job is required.

How Your Kid Can Find Grants for College

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Here at Scholarship America, we're committed to postsecondary access and completion. That's why, in addition to scholarships, we advise parents and students to investigate grants to help pay for college, too. Knowing about and applying for both sources of aid increases your student's chances of staying in college and receiving that hard-earned diploma.

Reducing Student Loan Debt in Your Community

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Alaskans have an average of $28,782 of it. Residents of Delaware have $33,649. Wherever you may live, student loan debt is a problem that hits home. Seven in 10 college seniors owe a national average of $29,400 in student loans. Combine that with 37 million student borrowers, and you have a $1 trillion (and growing) crisis. That’s right: Student loans are the biggest form of consumer debt outside of mortgages.

Nationwide Efforts Support Local Students at Scholarship America

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When students earn scholarships in their own hometowns, the money for college is only part of the reward. Those scholarship recipients are also going into college knowing that their community believes in their potential and their dreams. Organizations that support local students provide educational funding; perhaps more importantly, they also provide a healthy dose of confidence as their kids head off to higher education.

Scholarships for College Students Exist -- Here's How to Help Your Kid Earn Them

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No matter how many times you’ve said goodbye to your college kid on their way back to campus, parting is rife with mixed emotions: excitement for their college career, along with potential loneliness if you’re returning to a much quieter home. However, your role as a parent can still mean providing invaluable assistance -- including navigating the financial aid world to ensure that your student not only gets into college, but stays there.

The Far-Reaching Impact of the Student Debt Crisis

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A trillion dollars. That’s a massive number. It’s larger than the gross domestic product of 175 countries.  No company in the Fortune 500 produces even half that much in annual revenue. The franchises in all four major American pro sports are worth barely 10 percent of a trillion dollars, combined. And it’s also how much America’s college graduates owe on their student loans.

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