The State of Scholarship America: 2017

Jan 20, 2017

As we enter 2017, we mark the start of a new year and a new semester. Students heading back to school after the break have a clean start and new goals. Maybe this will be the semester someone achieves their first 4.0; for another student, they may just hope to pay their bills on time.  A fresh start gives rise to both reflection and revision. And just as students go back to school with added experience and new expectations, Scholarship America is approaching 2017 by reflecting on our...

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Some Wise Advice for the New Year

Jan 04, 2017

Katie Couric is not only a nationally renowned journalist – she’s also the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. She generously donated the proceeds from her 2011 book to Scholarship America to establish the Dream Award, a unique renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and successfully started their college education. 

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How to Start a Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dec 05, 2016

When someone holds a special place in your heart, makes a big impact in your life or changes the community for good, it’s fitting to honor their contributions. This is especially true for those who seek to memorialize individuals through a scholarship program. Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and a memorial scholarship program provides a meaningful way for a family, foundation or company to honor that special person while carrying his or her legacy forward to future generations...

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Five Questions You Need to Answer Before Starting a Scholarship Program

Nov 28, 2016

For organizations of all sizes, starting a scholarship or tuition assistance program may seem like a no-brainer. Scholarships allow you to support your workforce, their families or your community; they help ensure higher education and a future with more skilled workers; and they are a compelling benefit that helps you recruit, retain and delight your staff.

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Meet Asgton Stephenson: 2016 National Student Volunteer of the Year

Nov 18, 2016

Growing up in a military family, Asgton Stephenson was never prone to sitting still. Just a year after she was born in New Mexico, Asgton’s entire family relocated to Guam. It was on this small island territory in the Pacific that she got her first taste of volunteer work: besides an accomplished career in the U.S. Air Force, Asgton’s father was also the lead instructor for the Special Olympics in Guam.  From a young age, Asgton would assist her father with the games. This experience...

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Boost Employee Retention: Assess Your Education Assistance Program

Nov 16, 2016

Update, November 2016. As the American economy continues to return to pre-Great Recession levels, employers across the nation are slowly shifting their focus to retention. In this post, originally published in late 2015, we looked at how job satisfaction (and employee retention) can be improved by offering education assistance. Here's what HR and benefits managers need to know.

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Student Needs Are Changing. Should Your Scholarship Program?

Oct 27, 2016

Update, October 2016: New demographic information shows a continuing trend. More and more college students are older, members of the workforce and returning to education after time off. If you manage a scholarship program, here's what to know to ensure you're serving the most learners!

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Why “Higher Education” Means More Than Just Four-Year College

Oct 19, 2016

This week, President Obama announced some extremely encouraging news: in 2016, the high school graduation rate in the United States hit another record high, with more than 83 percent of students earning diplomas. That graduation rate means more than 2 million students entered the world of higher education this year.

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Why Scholarships Matter: Helping Communities and Families

Oct 12, 2016

The only constant in the world of higher-education financing is change.

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Should Your Scholarship Application Be On Paper -- Or Online?

Oct 07, 2016

Update: October 2016. For scholarship providers, now is the time to think about moving paper applications online to reach more students -- and offer more options. Here, we revisit our guide to how to do so, originally presented last year.

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