We Open Doors to Education

Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship organization in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Operated by an all-volunteer board of directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to higher education by involving and assisting the community in supporting local students and encouraging them to higher levels of educational achievement.

Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America, a nationally recognized nonprofit student aid service organization of nearly 1,000 chapters.  Scholarship America gives local chapters access to additional funds on a national basis and matching ascholarship funds.

Quality education is the key to coping and competing in an increasingly complex world.  Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community.  Through Dollars for Scholars we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school.  By providing scholarships, the private sector can open doors for local students graduating from Fergus Falls Public Schools and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

 

The Class of 2014 Scholarship Recipients

This fall sixty-seven students from the Fergus Falls Senior High School, Hillcrest Academy and IQ Academy are attending colleges and technical schools with a special boost from the Fergus Falls Areas Dollars for Scholars. The Fergus Falls chapter began in 1991 when a group of donors and community volunteers came together with a vision to expand access to higher education by involving and assisting the community in supporting local students and encouraging them to higher levels of educational achievement.In 1992 five $500 scholarships were awarded. At the annual awards banquet this spring, 23 years later, 67 students received nearly $65,000 in scholarships.  These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors and the efforts of the board of directors.