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Stamford Dollars for Scholars® is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the H. Stuart & Marlys C. Johnson National New Affiliate of the Year by Scholarship America®.
The National New Affiliate of the Year Award honors and recognizes Dollars for Scholars affiliates that have been delivering outstanding service to their community for fewer than five years and that exemplify the commitment of Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America®, to making post secondary success possible for all students.
Stamford Dollars for Scholars continues to build awareness with organizations and individuals in the Stamford community who are demonstrating their commitment to post-secondary education by sponsoring scholarships. In just two years since inception, Stamford Dollars for Scholars has awarded scholarships to 32 Stamford graduates valued at up to $160,000.
from left to right: Lauren Segal, President and CEO of Scholarship America, Tony D'Amelio, Co-President of
Stamford Dollars for Scholars, and Mike Ryan, Chair of Scholarship America's Board of Trustees
"The Stamford Dollars for Scholars organization goes above and beyond to serve the community and its students," said Lauren Segal, President & CEO, Scholarship America. "On behalf of Scholarship America®, I would like to personally thank everyone associated with Stamford Dollars for Scholars and ask that they keep up the fantastic work that truly changes the lives of students and inspires a community."
As the National New Affiliate of the Year, Stamford Dollars for Scholars received a $3,000 award for its scholarship program. In addition, Stamford Dollars for Scholars Co-President, Tony D'Amelio was honored at Scholarship America's annual recognition dinner on October 24th in Minneapolis.
Stamford Dollars for Scholars Co-Presidents Tony D'Amelio and Jim McClafferty praise volunteers and the Stamford community for their generosity and hard work. "It is almost unheard of for an organization like ours to go from a $0 bank balance to awarding scholarships of this magnitude in just two years. The fact that we were able to do this confirms that this community recognizes the need and is willing to step up and help make a difference. We are delighted to have provided awards to 32 deserving Stamford graduates. We hope our efforts to continue to raise awareness and increase participation by the community and local businesses to provide even more scholarships to students in 2014 and beyond."
Stamford Dollars for Scholars, an affiliate of Scholarship America is pleased to announce the availability of a new scholarship award- Scholarship America Dream Award, for students currently in post-secondary education who need help paying for their second year and beyond. The award announced on Katie Couric's show, ranges between $5,000 and $15,000 (depending on need), and increases by $1,000 each year to encourage students to finish their degree.
Students interested in learning more about this award, its eligibility criteria, and to submit their application, can do so by linking to the Dream Award homepage. All students must use the online application to apply through December 19, 2013.
This is an exciting opportunity for students who are looking for additional scholarship money for their post-secondary education (year two or beyond). We encourage eligible students from Stamford to apply for this award!
Stamford Dollars for Scholars received a big shot in the promotional arm on Monday, October 28th when Katie Couric interviewed Dr. Irving Fradkin, the founder of Dollars for Scholars more than 50 years ago. At 93, Dr. Fradkin is still going strong and advocating that communities get behind their young people to help make post-high school education more affordable.
Dollars for Scholars operates under the umbrella of Scholarship America. Katie lets the audience know that she's been a strong supporter of the organization -she donated all profits from her latest book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, to Scholarship America.
As a surprise to Dr. Fradkin, Katie arranged for nearly 20 scholarship recipients to march on stage at the conclusion of the segment. Doug Mello, a Stamford Dollars for Scholars supporter, was among those surprising Dr. Fradkin. Mello, former president of Verizon, grew up in Fall River, MA and was one of the first recipients of a Dollars for Scholars scholarship in 1961. It was a special moment.
Scholarship America and Dollars for Scholars is honored to have the endorsement and financial support from such a remarkable and well-known professional as Katie Couric. We hope this national recognition will inspire individuals and businesses in Stamford to sponsor scholarships and make a donation.
L-R - Tony D'Amelio seen back stage with Dollars for Scholars founder,
Dr. Irving Fradkin, 2013 National Student Volunteer of the Year Hannah Truong and Doug Mello.
Kristina Ellis, author of "Confessions of a Scholarship Winner," shares the tips that helped her get $500,000 in scholarships.
Stamford Dollars for Scholars
Represented at College Fair
Stamford Dollars for Scholars attended the Stamford College Fair on October 24th. Over 100 colleges sent representatives to meet with and inform prospective students of their options and opportunities. Representing SD4S was Cathy Drenckhahn (not pictured), Bill Liberis and Marilyn Allen.
Stamford Dollars for Scholars
Attends The Stamford Liver Life Walk
Cathy Drenckhahn, Chapter Secretary Cathy Drenckhahn, David Smith, Tony D'Amelio
Stamford Dollars for Scholars continues to raise awareness in the community for its scholarship effort. Most recently by exhibiting at the Sunday, September 29th Liver Life Walk at Harbor Point. Tony D'Amelio, co-president of Stamford Dollars for Scholars and Secretary Cathy Drenckhahn, not only fielded questions and passed out information from their exhibit table, they also joined more than 500 fellow walkers to help raise about $90,000 to support education, research, and services for those affected by liver disease.
Tony's good friend Michael Kirshbaum, co-chair of the event said, "I'm a recipient of a liver and would have died six years ago without one. It's very important. There are many people out there to be saved." Kirshbaum, owner of the Agabhumi - The Best of Bali in Stamford also sponsored a Stamford Dollars for Scholars scholarship in 2013 in the name of his mother, Doris Kirshbaum.
Listen as Jim McClafferty and Matt Terzian
are interviewed on WGCH
Tony Savino of WGCH (1490) radio in Greenwich, Connecticut interviews Jim McClafferty, Co-President of Stamford Dollars for Scholars, and Matt Terzian, graduate of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and recipient of the Seaboard Properties Arts Management and Administration Scholarship. Click here to listen.
A Video Celebration - Awards Ceremony Intro
Watch the video introduction that was featured at our 2013 Awads Ceremony program. Created by SD4S volunteer Ana Gallegos, it celebrates Stamford Dollars for Scholars second-year activities and includes great images of Stamford's six high schools, our golf fundraiser in 2012 and our twenty 2013 scholarship award winners.
View the Awards Ceremony video from ItsRelevant.com, the voice of the community, delivering neighborhood news, money saving deals and High School Sports and Events from our Media Innovators.
New Website Provides Online Hub To Apply For Federal Financial Aid
The U.S. Department of Education launched the brand new StudentAid.Gov site in July 2012; this online hub provides information on all parts of the federal financial aid process including FAFSA questions, loans, work-study funding, military aid and more.