WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scholarship America, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is proud to announce our first public policy agenda.
With nearly 60 years of experience in providing and shaping impactful educational supports to students, and as the voice of the private sector in postsecondary education, Scholarship America is now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education. This public policy agenda is the culmination of two years of research and dialogue on issues such as financial aid award displacement, college costs, student debt, tax benefits, public-private partnerships, and college access, persistence and completion.
Building on that work, the public policy agenda includes three main priorities:
- Expanding partnerships between the public and private sectors to build capacity and additional supports for students
- Ensuring a robust financial aid system that works for students by maximizing and bolstering federal and state financial aid, with the private sector contributing and leveraging support for students who need it most
- Requiring institutional transparency, minimum standards and outcomes from all postsecondary institutions to ensure that institutions are serving students well and producing outcomes that advance student success
The release of this policy agenda represents the next phase of Scholarship America's policy and advocacy efforts to advance equity in postsecondary education and strengthen support for low-to-moderate income students. Its focus is on both addressing postsecondary educational attainment and leveraging the private sector's role in supporting student success.
Scholarship America is the only partner working directly with communities, businesses and foundations that has significant experience and expertise in providing and shaping impactful educational support programs for those in need. "We look forward to bringing our experience and broad local and national reach in support of policies that drive student success, advance equity and eliminate barriers for students most in need," said Max Espinoza, Senior Vice President of Education Programs and Policy.
Education has the power to transform lives and by empowering more students and families to pursue and achieve their postsecondary education dreams, we ensure individual prosperity, stronger communities and a more vibrant nation. To read an overview or to download the policy agenda in full, visit scholarshipamerica.org/policy.
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 provider of private scholarships, having distributed over $3.1 billion to more than 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 and by following @scholamerica.
SOURCE Scholarship America