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Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, Founder of Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars®, Dies at 95

MINNEAPOLIS - November 21, 2016 - Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, the visionary leader responsible for founding the nation's largest scholarship organization, died at home on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was 95 years old and still serving as an active member of Scholarship America's Honor Roll Trustees.

Fradkin was born in Chelsea, MA in 1921.  He was the youngest of seven children of the late Abraham and Eva Fradkin, who emigrated from Russia and Poland.  It was Fradkin's goal to follow in his father's footsteps as a baker, and by age 10 he was working in his father's bakery after school and on weekends. An accident during a neighborhood football game changed Fradkin's life forever and he went on to become an optometrist with a practice in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Fradkin loved his job and his patients, and he liked to know everything about them - especially the young people. He would ask them, "What are your dreams?" He lamented that too many answered that they merely hoped to finish high school and get a job; not many felt that a college education was within reach. Fradkin felt this was a waste of the best assets in the community, and decided to run for school board in 1957 on a platform of "establishing a Dollars for Scholars community scholarship program." Although he lost the election, he didn't give up on Fall River's students - and by spring of 1958, had raised nearly $5,000, enough to give 4‐year renewable scholarships to 24 graduating seniors.

Today, Fradkin's former school board platform and initial Fall River Dollars for Scholars chapter has grown to a nationwide network of chapters and is part of Scholarship America, the nation's largest scholarship and education assistance organization.  Since its origins nearly 60 years ago, Scholarship America has awarded $3.5 billion to 2.2 million students.  Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, the organization now employs 160 individuals across the country.

Fradkin's fervent love of country, freedom and democracy motivated him to continue to dream of building a better America through education, and he never stopped moving toward this goal. He believed that education is the key to achieving the American Dream. He often said, "The most valuable resource this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people."

Dr. Fradkin is survived by his wife of 70 years, Charlotte (Sheinfield) Fradkin; their three children: Marlene, Robert and Russell and their spouses Blair Smith, Goedele Gulikers and Jane Fradkin; four grandchildren: Jeffrey, Karen, Jessica, Michael; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 12:00pm in Temple Beth-El 385 High St., Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.  Burial will follow in Temple Beth-El Cemetery, Fall River.

Donations in Dr. Fradkin's name may be made to Scholarship America via its website (www.scholarshipamerica.org), or may be directed to Scholarship America, 7900 International Drive, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55425.

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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 private education support organization, having distributed over $3.5 billion to more than 2.2 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 or by following  @scholamerica.

Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, Founder of Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars®, Dies at 95

MINNEAPOLIS - November 21, 2016 - Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, the visionary leader responsible for founding the nation's largest scholarship organization, died at home on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was 95 years old and still serving as an active member of Scholarship America's Honor Roll Trustees.

Fradkin was born in Chelsea, MA in 1921.  He was the youngest of seven children of the late Abraham and Eva Fradkin, who emigrated from Russia and Poland.  It was Fradkin's goal to follow in his father's footsteps as a baker, and by age 10 he was working in his father's bakery after school and on weekends. An accident during a neighborhood football game changed Fradkin's life forever and he went on to become an optometrist with a practice in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Fradkin loved his job and his patients, and he liked to know everything about them - especially the young people. He would ask them, "What are your dreams?" He lamented that too many answered that they merely hoped to finish high school and get a job; not many felt that a college education was within reach. Fradkin felt this was a waste of the best assets in the community, and decided to run for school board in 1957 on a platform of "establishing a Dollars for Scholars community scholarship program." Although he lost the election, he didn't give up on Fall River's students - and by spring of 1958, had raised nearly $5,000, enough to give 4‐year renewable scholarships to 24 graduating seniors.

Today, Fradkin's former school board platform and initial Fall River Dollars for Scholars chapter has grown to a nationwide network of chapters and is part of Scholarship America, the nation's largest scholarship and education assistance organization.  Since its origins nearly 60 years ago, Scholarship America has awarded $3.5 billion to 2.2 million students.  Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, the organization now employs 160 individuals across the country.

Fradkin's fervent love of country, freedom and democracy motivated him to continue to dream of building a better America through education, and he never stopped moving toward this goal. He believed that education is the key to achieving the American Dream. He often said, "The most valuable resource this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people."

Dr. Fradkin is survived by his wife of 70 years, Charlotte (Sheinfield) Fradkin; their three children: Marlene, Robert and Russell and their spouses Blair Smith, Goedele Gulikers and Jane Fradkin; four grandchildren: Jeffrey, Karen, Jessica, Michael; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 12:00pm in Temple Beth-El 385 High St., Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.  Burial will follow in Temple Beth-El Cemetery, Fall River.

Donations in Dr. Fradkin's name may be made to Scholarship America via its website (www.scholarshipamerica.org), or may be directed to Scholarship America, 7900 International Drive, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55425.

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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 private education support organization, having distributed over $3.5 billion to more than 2.2 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 or by following  @scholamerica.

 
 
AS OF 2016, CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
HAS PRESENTED
$349,050 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
TO
395 CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES!
 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR PAST CHS GRADUATES

Calling all CHS grads who are completing their first year of college or technical/trade school and who have not yet received an undergraduate degree!!

We have a new scholarship just for you!  The Robert Steele Family Scholarship is a renewable scholarship which may be received for up to 3 years.  The total amount to be awarded is $1650 payable across a maximum of 3 years: $500 in year 1, $550 in year 2, and $600 in year 3.  This award was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Scholarship America and monies raised in the 2014 and 2015 Phone-A-Thons and a guitar raffle.  The monies raised have been placed in an endowment with the Putnam County Community Foundation thus ensuring that it will be awarded annually in perpetuity.

To qualify for this award, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.  Students who have received a renewable scholarship from Cloverdale Dollars for Scholars are not eligible to apply.  You must update your profile and download a transcript to the "Documents" section after completing the 2nd semester of this school year.  It is very important that both of your essays are at least 300 words in length. [Suggestion: Write your essays in a Word document first, then copy them into your profile.]  Since this is both a merit and need based scholarship, you should state why you need this financial award in the "Unusual Circumstances" essay and use the "Goals and Objectives" essay to state what you plan to do with your education and what you have done so far to reach your goals.

Additional information and criteria can be obtained by looking at the scholarship description on your profile.  The deadline for applying for this scholarship is Friday, May 29th.  If you need more information or have questions, please contact Vivian Whitaker [Home: 795-2586; Cell: 812-229-1147; email: vwhitaker@iendeavor.com].

 

Cloverdale Students in Grades 6-12 Now Have Instant Access to Over a Million Scholarships through New Partnership with Fastweb

Who doesn't love free cash for college?  If you or someone you know is looking for scholarships, now Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars can help in over a million ways.  Scholarships America, the chapter's parent organization, has teamed up with Fastweb, the largest scholarship search company and Dollars for Scholars affiliates across the country are benefiting in a big way.  Students who fill out just one profile through this website (go to the Students & Parents Login tab) will be matched not only to local opportunities for scholarships, but every eligible opportunity through Fastweb's database, which includes well over a million scholarships.  Consider Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars a 'one-stop-shop' for Cloverdale students to use for searching and applying for scholarships!

 

THIS IS OUR STORY, AND WE ARE STICKING TO IT....

In 1994, Bob Steele stopped by the Cloverdale School administration office intending to leave a donation to cover some family expenses from many years ago.   Mrs. Terri Bailey, the office secretary, insisted that he meet with the Superintendent, Steve Wittenauer, before leaving.  From that meeting,  the Cloverdale Scholarship Fund was started for Cloverdale Community High School.  Al Tucker and Dr. Keith Ernst joined the effort, along with Bob Gerlach, owner of Clover Meadows golf course.  That group started a golf tournament in memory of Chad Tucker and Brad Gerlach, and that annual tournament has been a major source of scholarship funds.  Since then, hundreds of parents, current students, alumni, families, businesses and concerned citizens have contributed time and money to this fund.  

In 2004, the Cloverdale Scholarship Fund became an affiliate of Scholarship America, and became the Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars.  The benefits of affiliating with Scholarship America included many organizational resources, along with the benefits of having Collegiate Partners and Matching Partners.  Collegiate Partners agree to not reduce grant assistance from the institution for the amount of the scholarship, so the student truly receives the full benefit of the scholarship.  Matching Partners do the same, plus they agree to match some of the scholarship monies.  Most of them will match up to $500, so the student gets an additional benefit.       

To see a list of the Collegiate and Matching Partners, click on http://scholarshipamerica.org/cp.php    

 

 

 

 

Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars
P.O. Box 404
Cloverdale, IN 46120
Tel: 765-795-2586
e-mail: CloverdaleDollarsforScholars@gmail.com

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