Twenty-one local high school students will be one step ahead when starting college next year. In its 3rd year, Stamford Dollars for Scholars awarded this year’s soon to be graduates with almost $80,000 in scholarships Monday night.
“The one thing that I would love for us to do is to be really a magnet for scholarships, and a magnet for information about them,” says Tony D’Amelio, Co-President of Stamford Dollars For Scholars.
D’Amelio says the non-profit is gaining momentum, with 17 donors this year compared to just 2 in its first year. That means more money for the growing student applicant pool, with an increase of over 100 applicants in the past year.
“As we grow, the hope is we can expand the people that we serve,” says D’Amelio.
College student Taylor Joffrion was a scholarship recipient in 2012. Now an engineering student in Cleveland, Joffrion proved that you can’t put a price tag on education.
“He said I want to talk about what it’s meant to me and how college has changed my life and the fact that I might not have been able to go if it weren’t for that fact that I’ve had this help,” says D’Amelio. “So it’s those kinds of stories, that as a group, we really get excited about.”
To find out more about Stamford Dollars for Scholars, visit http://stamford.dollarsforscholars.org