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Dream Award Recipient Amanda Condon: Overcoming Odds, Reaching Milestones

Dec 12, 2018

By Amanda Condon

Editor's Note: Amanda Condon was a member of the 2016 class of Scholarship America Dream Award recipients. We are proud to publish this guest post from Amanda, letting us know where she is now—and what great things she's doing.

I was an honors student in middle school: ambitious, creative and driven. From the outside looking in, my family was a typical rural household that thrived on hard work and education. I was the second of four children and the leader of my siblings....

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Creating Scholarship Programs With Purpose, Part 3: Making an Impact

Dec 04, 2018

By Amy Ronnkvist

When it comes to providing scholarships, there are three major questions to answer. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the “why” element—determining what you truly want to accomplish by awarding a scholarship. In Part 2, we delved into the “how,” looking at ways to identify the students who need your help. In this final installment, we’ll take a closer look at the “what”—that is, what to look for in your recipients, and what exactly your scholarship program should...

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Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Jacoby Barry

Nov 27, 2018

By Joan Cronson

An only child and a smart, well-rounded student growing up in New Orleans, Jacoby Barry developed important life skills that helped him thrive inside and outside the classroom. He excelled academically in math and science, completed AP and honor classes, but also had a passion for playing basketball and was a team captain.

“Playing basketball taught me resilience, toughness, dedication, and teamwork,” said Jacoby. “It takes practice to improve and compete. Math came easy for...

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Creating Scholarship Programs With Purpose, Part 2: Knowing Your Students

Nov 21, 2018

By Amy Ronnkvist

There are as many unique scholarship programs as there are sponsors, but the ones that make a truly life-changing impact have a few things in common. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed “finding your ‘why’—digging into the problems you want to solve and the stories that motivate you to give a scholarship. Answering that question is the first step toward developing a truly inspiring program. Today, we’ll look at step two: getting a deeper understanding of the students you...

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Creating Scholarship Programs With Purpose, Part 1: Finding Your “Why”

Nov 08, 2018

By Amy Ronnkvist

If you’re considering creating a scholarship program, here’s one way to start thinking of the design: if I put a chair in front of you and asked who was sitting in the chair as you design your program, who occupies that chair? Is it your donor, a community member, a board member—or is it the student? Are you asking questions such as what does the donor want, or what does the board want? Or are you asking who are the students in my community, and what do they need to be...

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Meet the 2018 Dream Award Recipients: Jacqueline (Jackie) Vela

Oct 30, 2018

By Joan Cronson

Born and raised in the United States to Mexican immigrant parents, Jacqueline (Jackie) Vela has often served as a translator.

Her father works in an industrial metal lab while her mother, despite suffering from chronic back pain, works at home raising their three children. As the eldest child, Jackie grew up helping with housework and caring for her younger sisters—including her youngest sibling, who has autism and does not speak. Throughout Jackie’s youth, she was also the...

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Wait, What? Scholarships Are Taxable?

Oct 22, 2018

by Matt Konrad

Everyone knows what a scholarship is. It’s free, no-strings-attached money to help a student pay for their higher education.

Right?

Usually. But not always.

In some cases, there are significant strings attached—including a few situations in which scholarship funds may be treated as taxable income. While it’s unusual, it’s also important for both students and scholarship providers to know how this can happen, and how it can be avoided.

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Joe Palombo's Families of Freedom Story: "I wouldn’t be where I am today without the scholarship I received."

Oct 12, 2018

by Joseph Palombo

I was 12 years old when I lost my dad in the September 11 attacks. He was a firefighter who died running into the Twin Towers to save others. I lost my hero that day.

I knew I would never again have that moment when my dad would look at me and say “I’m so proud.”  After losing him, I felt insecure about my capabilities. I struggled through school. I had no idea what I was going to do in life. I didn’t think I could go to college, especially with nine siblings who all had...

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#RealCollege: A Mission to Secure College Students’ Basic Needs

Oct 05, 2018

By Matt Konrad

Discussions about financial aid and student support tend to focus on big costs, big numbers and big trends: skyrocketing tuition; trillion-dollar student loan debt; and deep cuts in state aid to higher ed. But those conversations, important as they are, don’t tell the whole story. For millions of students, the struggle to get through college comes down to questions that are far more basic. Their educational success hinges on issues that most of us take for granted:

Can I...

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Congratulations to Roxanne "Rocky" Thompson: 2018 Dollars for Scholars National Volunteer of the Year

Sep 24, 2018

By Krista Amundson

Roxanne "Rocky" Thompson has spent over 20 years volunteering her time and talents to the Swanville Dollars for Scholars chapter. The organization in the small Minnesota community of 350 has awarded over $630,000 in scholarships to local students since it was founded in 1987. Rocky’s contribution to Dollars for Scholars has been recognized with her selection as the 2018 Ralph “Cy” Seifert National Volunteer of the Year.

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