Scholarship America is a Minnesota-based American philanthropic organization that assists communities, corporations, foundations and individuals with fundraising, managing and awarding scholarships to students. Scholarship America's two main divisions are Dollars for Scholars, a coalition of local scholarship organizations in communities across the United States, and Scholarship Management Services, which designs, administers and manages corporate and foundation scholarship programs.
Scholarship America also administers several special scholarship initiatives, including the Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid program for community college students, and the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which has to date distributed $36 million to dependents of those killed or disabled during the September 11, 2001 attacks, and will provide financial assistance to dependents in need through the 2030 academic year.
Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1958 by Dr. Irving Fradkin, an optometrist in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Scholarship America was officially chartered under the name "Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America" on May 15, 1961. Scholarship America appointed Mim Schreck, former chair of its board, as interim president in July 2009 upon the resignation of Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Major General, USMC (Retired). 
In fiscal year 2007, Scholarship America distributed a total of $207 million to 114,000 students through its programs. (Scholarship America Annual Report, 2007). In 2012, Forbes ranked Scholarship America as the 83rd largest US charity (out 100) with total revenues of $155 million.
Dollars for Scholars, the initial program that would become Scholarship America, was originally conceived by Dr. Irving Fradkin during a campaign for the Fall River, MA, school board in 1957, as a way of ensuring that community members could contribute to a city-wide scholarship fund through small donations. Fradkin lost the election, but began fundraising for Dollars for Scholars, starting the Fall River chapter in 1958.
Dollars for Scholars incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in May 1961, under the name of Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America (CSFA). During its early years, CSFA's headquarters moved from Fall River to Boston; to Concord, NH; and opened its first regional office in St. Peter, MN, in 1976, thanks to a grant from the Bush Foundation.
Also in 1976, CSFA expanded from its community-based Dollars for Scholars roots with the establishment of Scholarship Management Services (SMS), a branch of the organization designed to manage corporate scholarships. The Toro company of Minnesota became SMS's first client.
In 1984, the organization's board voted to move CSFA's headquarters to St. Peter, MN, where they remain today. That year, CSFA reached the $5 million mark in terms of scholarship funds distributed. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the organization grew rapidly and launched its Collegiate Partner initiative (in which colleges agreed to maximize CSFA-related aid to students on their campuses) and ScholarShop program (a junior high and high school college-readiness curriculum.)
Between 1994 and 2001, CSFA's Dollars for Scholars program established nine regional offices across the country, seven of which remain open. In fiscal year 2000, the organization recorded its first year of distributing more than $100 million to students.
In September 2001, CSFA created the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund after the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. With President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob Dole as co-chairs of the fundraising campaign, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund raised more than $100 million, which it continues to distribute to the dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in the attacks, rescue and cleanup efforts. 
On January 1, 2003, CSFA officially changed its name to Scholarship America; in the spring of that year, the organization surpassed the $1 billion mark in terms of funds distributed to students. As of the end of fiscal year 2007, Scholarship America had distributed $1.7 billion to approximately 1.5 million students. (Scholarship America Annual Report, 2007).
Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship America's first program, is a nationwide coalition of local, community-based scholarship organizations.
Scholarship Management Services designs, manages and administers scholarship, tuition assistance, loan management and other education programs for corporations, foundations and individuals.
ScholarShop is a college-readiness curriculum available to schools and consisting of four separate parts: ScholarShop Jr., designed for 4th-6th grade students; ScholarShop Options for Kids, an online companion to ScholarShop Jr. featuring interactive games starring Garfield; ScholarShop Sr., designed for 7th-12th grade students, and ParentShop, designed for parents of students planning on college.
Collegiate Partners are a nationwide network of colleges, universities and vocational schools whose financial aid departments have agreed to maximize the impact of Scholarship America-related aid for their students, either by matching these funds or discounting them from students' self-help calculations.
Smart Money magazine recognized Scholarship America as one of America's top charities for six years running. 
The Chronicle of Philanthropy routinely lists Scholarship America in their top-100 lists of American nonprofits, and as one of the largest charities in Minnesota.
- Scholarship America's website
- Scholarship Management Services website
- Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund website