Our mission is to mobilize the local community to raise funds and provide scholarships to make post-secondary education possible for deserving students.

We were conceived around a simple idea: together we can step in and help local students achieve their educational goals. There's no greater gift we can give our student neighbors-in-need than access to the tools to create a brighter future. Doing so tells them that we take pride in their determination and share their dreams.

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Kentucky Derby Photo Album

Board Changes Announced 

In September 2018, Stamford Dollars for Scholars held elections for new officers. At that time, Gary Freeman announced he was stepping down as president. In addition, Cathy Drenckhahn announced she was stepping down as vice president. We are so thankful for what they have accomplished in their four years in office, and are grateful they have both agreed to continue supporting us as volunteers.

Bjorn Bumactao, who has been on the board for 1 1/2 years, was elected as president. In addition, Jim McClafferty, an original founder, was elected as board chairman. Together they will carry on the great work of our organization. In addition, several new board members were elected. See the complete story in our November newsletter.

Stamford Dollars for Scholars Awards 34 Scholarships

Stamford Dollars for Scholars held its 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Gen Re Auditorium at the University of Connecticut-Stamford. Thirty-three out of 221 applicants received 34 scholarships, totaling a record value of $114,700. The 33 recipients are graduates from The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Brien McMahon High School, Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich, JM Wright Technical School, Laurelton Hall, Stamford High School, Westhill High School and Trinity Catholic High School.

Twenty-five scholarships are sponsored by members of the community in the name of a company, organization or an individual. Criteria, scholarship amount and the term of the scholarship is set by the donor. In total these scholarships are valued at $48,700.

The organizations and professionals sponsoring 2018 scholarships through Stamford Dollars for Scholars are: Mayor David Martin (pictured right), Callari Auto Group, Connecticut Business Systems, CGS Health, Daniela Romano Scholarship (through Stamford Public Education Foundation), DynTek, Eastern Land Management/Moore Family, Exchange Club of Stamford, Global Organization for People of Indian Origin-CT, Dr. Robert B. Goldman, Family of John and Betty Burkhardt, MAS Construction, Heron Family, Nestle Waters North America, Tony and Joanna D'Amelio, Omnicom Capital Inc., Family of Remus M. Brice, Jr, Stamford Business Network, Stamford Federal Credit Union, The Tarzia Group, UBS Volunteers, UCONN/Connecticut Information Technology Institute and The Whittingham Family Foundation.
In addition, nine Stamford Dollars for Scholars scholarships were awarded valued at $66,000. These scholarships are made possible by the many generous donations from those in the Stamford community as well as fundraising activities throughout the year.

In addition to Mayor Martin, guest speakers included Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Earl Kim (pictured left) and Tim McMullen, 2014 scholarship recipient and 2018 graduate from the University of Virginia. This year over 500 students registered for our online application and 221 students applied for one or more scholarships.



What a great night we had at our Kentucky Derby Spring Gala.Thanks to everyone who joined us and especially all the volunteers who helped make this event a success. A special thank you to Senator Richard Blumenthal who was able to stop by and support us. Also thanks to SPS Superintendent Earl Kim who also attended. We raised needed funds to support of scholarships in 2018 and 2019. View all our pictures on our FLICKR site.


Dr. Irving A. Fradkin  1921 - 2016

The Dollars for Scholars family mourns the passing of our national organization's founder Dr. Irving A. Fradkin.

Dr. Fradkin was born in 1921 to Russian immigrants, the youngest of seven children. A lifelong resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, he put his optometry career on hold in 1957 to run for the local school board on a platform of "establishing a Dollars for Scholars community scholarship program." Although he lost the election, he didn't give up on Fall River's students - and by spring of 1958, had raised nearly $5,000, enough to give 4‐year renewable scholarship to 24 graduating seniors. Today, because of his dedication, passion and sincere belief in the power of community and the potential of students, more than 2.2 million students have had the chance to fulfill their dreams of a better life through higher education.

Irving's can‐do spirit, life-long dedication and perseverance will forever be the foundation of Scholarship America and live at the heart of our Dollars for Scholars family of volunteers and students. No words can adequately express our sadness at this loss, nor our gratitude for the opportunity to help fulfill his vision. We will all honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

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To learn more about Stamford Dollars for Scholars and how you can participate as a scholarship sponsor, donor, a volunteer, or a potential award recipient, contact us at info@sd4s.org

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 3559 Stamford, CT 06905.

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