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All the Ways that Money Matters: How Colleges Perpetuate Inequity

November 12, 2018

Scholarship Foundation Student Advisors assist 6,000 students and family members navigating admissions and financial aid each year.

Sometimes I state the obvious. Money (or the absence of it) affects students and their achievements in college.

Habits of the Mind: Meet Missouri Man

October 22, 2018

My father is 82 and now lives just blocks away from me. Two years ago, after a devastating car accident on a rural road near my parents’ former home, he could no longer drive and was soon diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Life has changed for my family in many ways, some so relevant to the mission of The Scholarship Foundation that I’m dedicating this blogpost to my dad, aka “Missouri Man.”

Learning, Earning, Building Community: College IS Worth It, If…

October 4, 2018

Increasingly, policymakers and media ask whether a college degree is “worth it”. Do the financial benefits outweigh the risks or costs? Is it for everyone? How relevant is the learning occurring at the collegiate level? Is access to higher education worth the public investment required to educate those without economic means?

Note to Donors: Do You Know What You Have Done?

September 20, 2018


Last night, many broke the fast at the close of Yom Kippur, the highest of Jewish holy days on which those observing review the prior year, atone for transgressions or actions left undone, and set intentions for the coming year. Yom Kippur is a ritual practice of reflection and reconciliation.

Succeeding with College Success

August 29, 2018

We’re using Words of Faith to share a lengthy article about our programs from the National College Access Network. Their post is about college success metrics and programs. Please take the time to read it, as it is a deep and full explanation of what we do and how we do it.

The Thumper Theory

July 4, 2018

Today, I invoke the Thumper Theory as a way of marking Independence Day.

I am at an unprecedented loss for things to say that will celebrate the United States of America. Though this is my 57th Fourth of July, I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced the tenets of democracy, human rights, freedom, and liberty more threatened.


June 21, 2018

Believe it or not, sometimes I run out of words. That is why there has been a gap in blogposts. Almost always, it helps me to stop and to listen. I’m hoping you’ll join me in reading (and thus, hearing) three of our new students* explain how they approach their higher education. I promise it will be worth your time and will quicken your heart.

- Faith Sandler

Repaid in Full: Miles Walz-Salvador

May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Miles Walz-Salvador for reaching the milestone of repaying his Scholarship Foundation loan! In 1920, the origin of The Scholarship Foundation was the interest-free loan. Today, the tradition is strong in the lives of graduates like Miles. Here’s what he has to say about the value of the loan:

Disband "Decision Day"

May 4, 2018

Last year the Words of Faith blog was launched and a May Day post denounced the arbitrary but growing trend of declaring it “Decision Day”.