What is Scholarship America and Dollars for Scholars?

Scholarship America has been developed to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support - making post-secondary education possible for all students.

In 1958, an Optometrist in Fall River, Mass., had a simple but profound idea-if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community who wanted to attend college. Dr. Irving Fradkin called his plan "Dollars for Scholars," and it has expanded into what, today, is the nation's largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.

Since its founding, Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.4 billion to nearly 2 million students across the country through various programs including Dollars for Scholars® and Scholarship Management Services®.


What is South Eastern Dollars for Scholars?

South Eastern Dollars for Scholars® is a registered 501C(3) charitable organization run by a group of committed individuals dedicated in encouraging life-long learning by raising and distributing scholarships to students who reside in the South Eastern School District students.  Resident students who attend either Kennard Dale High School or the York County School of Technology, and plan to continue their education beyond high school attending two or four year college or a technical/trade school, may apply for scholarships.  A recent scholarship recipient writes, "The financial aspect of a higher education has been a concern of my family's since we first began the college search, and before your generous contribution, there was a question of me attending any of my first choice schools.  Now that I have received your assistance, and committed to one, I could not be more excited to see what the future holds for me."

South  Eastern Dollars for Scholars has awarded totaling over $1.2 million in scholarships since the chapter was started in 1999.  This milestone was made possible by hundreds of community members serving at annual fundraising events and by the many generous contributions by individuals, businesses, and other organizations, as well as the donors who have created scholarships.  We are grateful to the community for their continued support! 
In May 2023, 58 scholarships were awarded to 53 students for a total of $96,000.  The annual awards ceremony was held at Kennard Dale High School.  

Click HERE for a graphic showing the awards history since 1999.  It is a very impressive reflection of the dedication and generosity of the South Eastern School District community!

Our Mission Statement

The mission of South Eastern Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to higher education for resident students of the South Eastern School District in the state of Pennsylvania.  As part of Scholarship America's® national network of locally-based, volunteer-driven Dollars for Scholars chapters, our mission is to mobilize our community on behalf of post-secondary education success for our students, raise funds, and distribute scholarship funds on a fair and nondiscriminatory basis.