What Is Dollars for Scholars?

Dollars for Scholars is a local, volunteer-operated, community-based scholarship

foundation legally affiliated with Scholarship America [formerly Citizens' Scholarship

Foundation of America (CSFA)].


What Is Scholarship America?

Scholarship America is a national, nonprofit, student aid service organization. Citizens'

Scholarship Foundation of America was founded in 1958 by Dr. Irving A. Fradkin in

Fall River, Massachusetts, and incorporated as a national organization in 1961. Dr.

Fradkin's expanded dream - that every American is able to exercise the freedom of



Why Is Dollars for Scholars Important?

Through Dollars for Scholars, we have the opportunity to provide both encouragement

and financial support for local students. Hundreds of colleges have agreed as

"Collegiate Partners" to accept these awards towards better meeting students' needs, 

reducing loans and not adversely affecting a student's financial aid package.

Many colleges have also agreed to be "Matching Partners" where they match Dollars for

Scholars awards dollar for dollar.


How Are Scholarship Funds Raised?

Funds come from the generous support of local businesses, service organizations and

individuals. Students and the entire community show their support by becoming

involved in various types of fundraising activities including our annual Phone-a-Thon,

Golf Outing, two Craft Shows, Budget Vote Chicken BBQ and District Music Festival.

Because we are a 501(c)(3)  organization, donations are tax-deductible. All money

raised for Dollars for Scholars goes to assist local students. If you wish to consider

establishing a permanent endowed scholarship, contact one of the officers of our

chapter. Our organization may also be named as a beneficiary in wills and insurance

policies and receive gifts of property. All of these funds would go to deserving local



As a donor, do I have the ability to specify the criteria for

upcoming scholarship awards?

YES!! When funds are donated to Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars, you would

indicate that the funds given are dedicated along with any specific criteria that is

attached to your donation. Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars will administer from

that point forward using the criteria/guidelines that you have stated.


Who can apply for a scholarship?

Any Sweet Home High School senior who is a permanent resident of the Sweet Home

School District may apply. Scholarships can be used at any accredited post-

secondary institution.


How are scholarships awarded?

The Awards Committee includes volunteers from the Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars

board and other community leaders. The committee selects deserving recipients on

the basis of a variety of selection criteria including the students' breadth and depth of

academic work, work history, community service and school involvement.


How can I help show my support for this important program?

Make a contribution. We encourage you to give as generously as you can. Your

contribution of $10, $100, or $1,000 reflects your pride in our students and your

commitment to the ongoing education of the young people of our community.


If you wish to donate or volunteer, contact:


    Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars   

    1901 Sweet Home Road   

    Amherst, NY 14228


Click here to donate to Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars

E-mail: dollarsforscholars@sweethomeschools.org