MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scholarship America®, the nation's leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Roxanne Spillett, President Emeritus of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), has been elected to serve as a member of Scholarship America's Board of Directors. She brings with her more than sixteen years of nonprofit leadership experience.
Under Spillett's leadership, BGCA created generation-changing initiatives in education, technology, financial literacy, health and civic engagement. Simultaneously, the organization significantly enhanced the capacity of local Clubs in the areas of leadership development, technology, and board and resource development. Spillett also led the development of a significant and far-reaching impact plan, positioning BGCA as an advocacy organization of national scope and influence.
Spillett also built one of the most prestigious and engaged nonprofit boards in America, establishing a governing body with such national leaders as former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, key executives of Fortune 500 companies, and top university leadership from Stanford, MIT and Notre Dame.
"Education is at the heart of democracy," said Spillett. "It is the foundation of freedom and equality and the strength on which America's greatness was built. Every child deserves a chance for a college education, and Scholarship America is dedicated to assuring opportunity for all."
"Roxanne is an inspirational leader with a background that gives her incredible insight to Scholarship America's work. I am delighted that she has agreed to bring her talents to our organization, as we work to achieve our strategic goals," said Lauren A. Segal, president and CEO of Scholarship America.
Spillett is a Fellow in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches graduate students in the Mendoza College of Business Non Profit Management Program. Spillett received five honorary doctorate degrees: one in law, from the University of Notre Dame; and four in the humanities, from Trinity College in Hartford, Bryant University in Rhode Island, Marian College in Indianapolis and Westfield State University in Massachusetts.
About Scholarship America
Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.9 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 1.9 million students, funding both entry-level and multi-year scholarships and emergency financial grants. More information is available at www.scholarshipamerica.org.
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