June 12, 2012 Announcement
Students of Wisconsin Technical Colleges to Benefit from $1.9 Million in Great Lakes Grants
Dreamkeepers Program Will Provide System wide Support to Disadvantaged Students Facing Financial Emergencies
Dreamkeepers (SM) Student Assistance Fund is a program of Scholarship America (R), established by Lumina Foundation for Education, and helps students overcome unforeseen financial emergencies and remain focused on what matters most -- their education. There are currently 31 colleges in the Dreamkeepers network; Blackhawk Technical College joined in 2012 and expects to assist dozens of students this year. The average Dreamkeepers grant is approximately $500 per semester/year with a lifetime total of $1,500. New students may apply for a maximum first-time award of $200.
An emergency is defined as an unforeseen event resulting in a financial emergency that jeopardizes a student's ability to stay in college. The most frequent requests are for housing, utilities, meals, transportation, auto repairs and childcare. Funds may not be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies or legal expenses (exception: books that have been stolen or destroyed). Students receiving a Dreamkeepers award must provide documentation of need and a receipt documenting the intended use of the funding.
For additional information about this assistance program, contact Tyree Gamble, Developmental Advisor on the Janesville Central Campus at (608) 757-7726.
About Scholarship America...
Scholarship America (R) is one of the largest nonprofit scholarship and educational support organizations in the United States. Since 1958, Scholarship America has awarded more than $2 billion to more than 1.7 million students through three core programs: Dollars for Scholars (R), Scholarship Management Services (R) and Dreamkeepers.
Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America through scholarships and educational support to make postsecondary education possible for all students.
Lumina Foundation for Education, The Kresge Foundation and the Walmart Foundation have provided generous grants to Scholarship America and the Dreamkeepers colleges.
Lumina Foundation for Education is an Indianapolis-based, private foundation dedicated to expanding access and success in education beyond high school.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for dealing with global climate change. The Foundation works in six program areas: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development. In 2009, the Board of Trustees approved 404 awards totaling $197 million; $167 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit www.kresge.org
Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and health and wellness.