Scholarship America 2015 Annual Report
Turning Dreams
Into Degrees

2015: EXPANDED FOCUS, CONTINUED IMPACT

2015 was a benchmark year for Scholarship America. Our organization continued in its core mission to design and deliver world-class scholarship and education assistance programs -- and we also expanded our efforts into the realm of public policy and advocacy.

In 2015, we hosted our first national awards event, honoring Katie Couric, Donald Graham and the GM Foundation for their work on behalf of students. And we established new relationships with the White House, Congress and education policy leaders, ensuring our work will be part of the national conversation on higher-ed financing for years to come.

Click to view our 2015 Financials, or read on for highlights of the year.

OUR IMPACT IN 2015

Infographic listing Scholarship America program impact in 2015

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW

Here are just a few of the big moments in our year.

  • Capitol Building

    January

    Establishing Our Policy Presence

    The 2015 State of the Union focused heavily on higher education, and Scholarship America spent 2015 expanding our efforts in Washington; in January, we joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute advisory board.

  • Recipients of the 2015 Scholarship America Dream Award

    APRIL

    Awarding A Remarkable Group of Scholars

    The Scholarship America Dream Award, in its second year, provided growing, renewable scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per year to "twelve students [who] represent the best of American perseverance and the dream to make a better life." 

  • Dreams To Degrees Event

    MAY

    From Dreams To Degrees

    Scholarship America hosted our first national education awards dinner in Washington, D.C. Katie Couric, Donald Graham and the GM Foundation were honored for their work on behalf of students at this memorable event.

  • Scholarship America Public Policy Agenda

    JULY

    Our First Public Policy Agenda

    Scholarship America's Policy & Advocacy department developed our first ever detailed public policy agenda, identifying three key priorities: expanding public-private partnerships, ensuring a student-centered financial aid system and creating more institutional transparency and accountability regarding financial aid.

  • Scholarship Americas Max Espinoza looks on as President Obama signs the prior-prior year FAFSA into law

    September

    Big Changes On Behalf of Students

    At the urging of Scholarship America and other organizations, President Obama signed into law a major change to the FAFSA process. Thanks to a concerted bipartisan effort, families can now import "prior-prior year" tax data from the IRS and start filling out their application in October -- three months earlier than before.

  • Scholarship America President Lauren Segal Meets President Obama

    October

    Joining the National Higher-Ed Conversation

    Scholarship America joins as a founding member of the College Advisory Board, an independent group created to support the #FreeCommunityCollege proposal and oversee the nationwide Heads Up America campaign.

  • Bob Ballard

    November

    A Successful Transition

    Scholarship America CEO Lauren Segal retired, and we welcomed Robert C. Ballard as the organization's new head. Ballard, a longtime volunteer and supporter of Scholarship America and Dollars for Scholars, previously served as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at USA Funds.

  • Investing In Student Completion report

    December

    Exploring Emergency Financial Aid

    Small financial grants at the right time can make a huge impact on students -- and keep them in school when they're at the highest risk of dropping out. Scholarship America and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab produced the first nationwide survey of emergency aid programs, and outlined best practice for expanding them to more schools

  • Donate to Scholarship America, A Charity Navigator Four-Star Charity

    Your Support Matters

    Scholarship America has been rated a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator. We believe in fiscal responsibility and transparency -- and students rely on supporters like you. A gift to Scholarship America ensures we can help more students earn more degrees now, and into the future.

the faces of postsecondary success

Scholarship America Dream Award recipient Rashid Elsamra

MEET THE 2015 SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA DREAM AWARD RECIPIENTS

Honoree Katie Couric speaks at Dreams to Degrees 2015

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 DREAMS TO DEGREES CELEBRATION

Dreamkeepers Helped Erin and Janay Stay in School

Learn How Dreamkeepers Helped Erin And Janay Stay In School

YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN

Our sincerest thanks to Scholarship America's generous donors, clients and partners, who are dedicated to helping students turn their dreams into degrees. Your support means the world to students.

Katie Couric, Lauren Segal and the first class of Dream Award recipients at From Dreams To Degrees


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