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Wayne Post
  • Gananda Dollars for Scholars members attend conference

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  • Gananda Dollars for Scholars recently attended the 2013 Scholarship America Conference for New York chapters of Dollars for Scholars. Seventeen chapters, including 3 from Wayne County, sent representatives to learn and network.
    At the conference, attendees received expert-led training on building and utilizing their chapter’s brand, as well as hands-on assistance with ChapterNet, a new technology platform that allows Dollars for Scholars affiliates to create customized websites designed for each affiliate’s specific needs, in addition to building an online, automated scholarship application and matching process for students.
    Conference attendees also heard from keynote speaker, Max Espinosa, Scholarship America’s Senior Vice President of education Programs & Policy, who spoke about the postsecondary attainment challenge for students across the country, as well as magnifying Scholarship America’s and Dollars for Scholars’ impact.
    “Student loans now exceed $1 trillion—this surpasses the nation’s car and credit card debts,” Espinosa said. “Private scholarships and grants are a way to help students graduate without a mountain of debt.”
    This is the second year Gananda Dollars for Scholars has offered scholarships to Gananda seniors continuing their education by way of the online application process. Gananda students using this technology have the ability to create an online profile, which allows them to apply for and be matched to multiple scholarships—on both the local and national level—in just a few clicks.
    Gananda DFS encourages students to begin developing their online profiles at www.gananda.org/GDFS now, to assure they are alerted about scholarship opportunities in advance of deadlines. In addition to scholarships, students will also have access to exclusive volunteer opportunities, as well as a wealth of financial aid and college success tools and resources provided by Scholarship America.
    Last June, Gananda Dollars for Scholars awarded over $30,000 to applicants from the Class of 2013. There were also several renewable scholarships to help with education expenses after freshman year. Each award has its own criteria; most are looking for hard working, well-rounded individuals who contribute to their school and broader community through volunteer service. All applications are scored anonymously.
    For more information about GDFS and its activities, visit www.gananda.org/gdfs. To initiate a new scholarship or to support our students in other ways, contact Lisa Fox at 986-3980.

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