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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 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.