About Scholarship America
A leader in contributing to the success of college students through diverse scholarship initiatives, Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization, designed the Dreamkeepers program in conjunction with Lumina Foundation for Education to deliver emergency financial support at the right time.

Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. It is embarking in the next 50 years with an ambitious plan and a goal to help 750,000 students complete their education. The vision of Scholarship America is one of a world in which the completion of higher education with manageable debt is a reality for all.

About the Scholarship
The Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance program helps The University of Maryland provide assistance to students at risk of dropping out due to unexpected financial dilemmas. Whether it’s tending to a health care bill or a sudden reduction in work hours, unforeseen crises contribute to high rates of attrition among college students. They also impact college completion rates and, ultimately, pose a challenge to securing a better financial future.

Colleges that have implemented the Dreamkeepers program have seen retention rates skyrocket from an average of 51 percent to 72 percent, helping students over financial hurdles and assuring that they don't have to choose between a financial emergency and staying in school. During the first three years of the program, Dreamkeepers provided more than $1 million in total emergency assistance to nearly 2,500 students. In the year 2007, the average Dreamkeepers award was $567.

The Dreamkeepers program at The University of Maryland was initially made possible through a grant provided by The Wal-Mart Foundation. The ongoing charitable support of friends and supporters of The University of Maryland continues to make the Dreamkeepers program possible.

The University of Maryland
Division of Student Affairs ▪ Office of Development and External Relations
8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 200 ▪ College Park, MD 20740
sagiving@umd.edu ▪ (301) 314-4900