MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scholarship America, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship America Dream Award now through Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Now in its fourth year, the Dream Award is Scholarship America's unique renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards are made to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. In the last three years, Scholarship America has awarded $355,000 to 32 students, with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student's financial need.
Eligible students can apply by visiting ScholarshipAmerica.org. A national committee made up of respected business and educational leaders, along with Scholarship America's President & CEO, Bob Ballard, will select the recipients, who will be announced in May 2017.
"Finding out I had won a scholarship of this size was a feeling unlike anything I've experienced. I finally knew the financial obstacles standing in my way were about to get easier," said Hector Najarro, who received a Dream Award scholarship in 2014.
Fundraising to support Scholarship America's Dream Award was spurred by an initial donation of $350,000 from Katie Couric in 2011. More information about the award and past recipients can be found on https://scholarshipamerica.org/dreamaward.
About Scholarship America
For nearly 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to empower people to fulfill their college dreams. As the nation's largest private education support organization, having distributed over $3.5 billion to more than 2.2 million students, Scholarship America is now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment. More information is available at scholarshipamerica.org or by following @scholamerica.
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