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Walmart's New Education Benefit Puts Cap & Gown within Reach for Associates 0 N. Safko BENTONVILLE, AR – Walmart today unveiled a new associate education benefit designed to remove barriers to college enrollment and graduation. The program reflects the company’s commitment to train and educate workers to advance in the jobs of today -- and the future. In partnership with Guild Education, a leading education benefits platform, Walmart associates will be able to access affordable, high-quality associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Business or Supply Chain Management. Under the program, which will be made available to all U.S. associates, Walmart will subsidize the cost of higher education, beyond financial aid and an associate contribution equivalent to $1 a day. Degrees will be offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University (NSPA Member) - nonprofit schools selected for their focus and outcomes on serving working adult learners. "Investing in the personal and professional success of our associates is vital to Walmart’s future success. We know training and learning opportunities empower associates to deliver for customers while growing and advancing in their careers,” said Greg Foran, CEO of Walmart U.S. Highlights of the program include: AFFORDABLE Under the program, the associate contribution to a college degree would be just $1 a day. Walmart will subsidize the cost of tuition, books and fees and students will not need to pay any upfront costs to attend classes, eliminating the need for student loan debt and addressing one the biggest hurdles that keep people from returning to college. Additionally, associates can jump start their path to completion by earning college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies. Thousands of associates have already undergone academy and skills training equivalent to more than $210 million in college credits. This will save associates both time and money in completing their degree. RELEVANT Walmart selected universities with a unique focus on serving working adult learners and top outcomes for the working adult demographic. Additionally, Walmart collaborated with the universities to tailor the curriculum to relevant skills for jobs and advancement across industries, both today and in the future. ACCESSIBLE Working with three universities that include both competitive and open-access programs, Walmart provides all associates a place to start. The goal is for all associates who apply for admission to be accepted. These universities have a programmatic dedication to high graduation rates for their students. SUPPORTED From day one, associates will receive support from a Guild Education coach on everything from the application and enrollment process to selecting the appropriate degree and getting credit for prior college and work experience. This type of counseling has been shown to help students complete their degree. "Walmart has kicked off what might be the nation’s most scalable approach to creating educational opportunity for America’s workforce, now available to its U.S. associates and their families," said Rachel Carlson, chief executive officer and co-founder of Guild Education. "Walmart is also leading innovation at the intersection of workforce development and higher education by helping associates earn college credit for their on-the-job training." Walmart is also committed to an independent evaluation of the outcome of its new offering. The Lumina Foundation has agreed to research and measure the impact and effectiveness of the offering and will work with the Walmart team to share the findings. "Walmart is making a significant investment in its workforce that will not just help the company, but help shift how our society moves towards more affordable and accessible pathways for individuals to be recognized and rewarded for their work-based skills and knowledge, resulting in high-quality, relevant credentials. We applaud Walmart’s efforts," said Jamie Merisotis, president and chief executive officer of the Lumina Foundation. "I commend Walmart for trying an innovative strategy to increase the skills and post-secondary education of its workers and for committing to having the Lumina Foundation conduct and independent evaluation of the program. I look forward to studying Lumina’s findings," said Alan Krueger, professor of economics, Princeton University. ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING OFFERINGS Walmart’s new education program underscores the importance of education in helping associates prepare for the future. College degrees in supply chain management or business are just one part of a broader approach to preparing the workforce to succeed today and into the future. Initiatives include: Developing a broad suite of offerings across roles and levels to help associates from frontline to executive levels develop job-related skills for advancement. Walmart covers the complete cost for associates and eligible family members for earning a high school diploma or GED. Associates and eligible family members have access to tuition discounts, financial aid assistance and education coaching across Guild’s broader network of more than 80 accredited, nonprofit university partners, including schools, such as The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Columbia University and Purdue University made available through edX. Access to professional development courses including college prep, leadership training and ESL. These programs are available to full-time, part-time and salaried Walmart U.S. store, supply chain, home office and Sam’s Club associates. About Walmart Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.  
by N. Safko
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Pioneering Scholarship Organization Selects Education Leader as Next ED Locked Topic 0 N. Safko Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Giuseppe “Seppy” Basili as executive director. A leading K-12, college readiness, and higher education expert, Basili brings 30 years of education industry experience to the role. His commentary and perspectives on college access and admissions have been featured by The New York Times, NPR, and the Today Show, among others. He has also served as director of strategic initiatives and chief operating officer at the Foundation. Read the full press release here.
by N. Safko
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Seeking Scholarship Reviewers Locked Topic 0 N. Safko Hello NSPA colleagues! We at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund are involving volunteers in our scholar selection process for the very first time, and we'd love to have you (and perhaps your program's scholarship reviewers) join us! This would be a great opportunity to compare and contrast your scholarship selection process to another, or to get ideas for your next cycle. TMCF, one of the largest supporters of our nation's 47 publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities, awards over 500 scholarships annually, with each scholar receiving an average of over $7,000 to use towards next year's college costs.  Reviewers will spend approximately 3-5 hours reading and scoring online applications (on their own schedules, from their preferred locations) between now and June 25. We hope you'll join us! Email erika.orsulak@tmcf.org to sign up or for more information. And please consider sharing this announcement with your reviewers. Our applicants are from all over the country (perhaps even from your volunteers' home communities!) - and their experience would be a huge asset to us at TMCF.  Thanks so much for your time and consideration - we appreciate it!
by N. Safko
Friday, June 1, 2018
10,000 Degrees & Meritus Joining Forces to Serve More College-Bound Student 0 N. Safko San Rafael, CA, April 28, 2018– 10,000 Degrees, a leading college success nonprofit in California, and Meritus College Fund, a San Francisco-based college scholarship and success nonprofit, are joining forces to scale the  impact of their college success model in order to increase the baccalaureate degree attainment rate of first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds in the Bay Area. The organizations will officially come  together on July 1, 2018, and operate as 10,000 Degrees led by President and CEO, Kim Mazzuca. Read the full press release here.
by N. Safko
Thursday, May 3, 2018
*Special Discount for NSPA Members* 0 N. Safko 2018 Edition of I'm First! Guide to College is Available Now  The I'm First! Guide to College, an initiative of Strive for College, is a unique college guidebook designed to help first-generation college students make their college dreams a reality. The 2018 edition features 168 profiles of colleges and universities committed to serving first-generation college students, an interactive college planning and preparation curriculum for students, teachers, and counselors, and a fully bilingual English-Spanish section for parents and mentors. Orders can be placed online or by emailinghelp@imfirst.org, and be sure to use the following discount codes: 20% off individual books – Use Discount Code: 20OFF2018NSPA 30% off 20 or more books – Use Discount Code: 30OFF2018NSPA 40% off 50 or more books – Use Discount Code: 40OFF2018NSPA 50% off 100 or more books – Use Discount Code: 50OFF2018NSPA
by N. Safko
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Lobbying and Advocacy: Working Within 501(c)(3) Limits 0 N. Safko By Leaffer Law Group LLC Scholarship providers are closely attuned to the needs of their stakeholders and the trends and developments impacting their sector. This makes them uniquely qualified and well positioned to advocate for change or to protect existing systems within their area of focus. This article summarizes the lobbying limitations for 501(c)(3) scholarship providers. Read the article here.
by N. Safko
Thursday, May 3, 2018
CampusLogic Webinar! 0 N. Safko Take the pain out of your scholarship awarding process Managing millions of dollars in gap funding—and students’ futures—deserves #awesome technology. Yet 58% of higher education institutions lack automated scholarship management, or don’t know what they have. ScholarshipUniverse handily manages complex multiple-round reviews—including blind and double-blind review —processes. SmartRank, a key feature, helps eliminate bias and speed up awarding decisions. Faster, un-biased scholarship awarding means more students get the funds they need—driving enrollment and retention. RSVP for April 25 webinar here.
by N. Safko
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
No ED Guidance Expected on Sharing FAFSA Data 0 N. Safko with Scholarship Providers and Tribal Organizations The provision in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill that permits an institution, with explicit written consent from the student, to share FAFSA information with scholarship-granting organizations or tribal organizations is considered self-implementing by the Department of Education (ED). Therefore, ED will not be issuing further guidance and institutions may move forward with implementation on their campuses
by N. Safko
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2018 Locked Topic 0 N. Safko By Reviews.com Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce growing tuition costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. Click here to view the list!
by N. Safko
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
ISF’s FINAL Push for Scholarship Applications 0 N. Safko We would like to share with you ISF’s FINAL push for scholarship applications. The extended deadline is Monday, April 9th.    Know any students interested in a $3,000-$10,000 scholarship? Please send them our way.      Minimum requirements to apply for a scholarship: Muslim or active member of the Muslim community; Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2018; Majoring in an ISF supported major; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD) by August 2018.   For more information and to apply visit: https://islamicscholarshipfund.org/scholarships/
by N. Safko
Thursday, April 5, 2018
ISF’s FINAL Push for Scholarship Applications 0 N. Safko We would like to share with you ISF’s FINAL push for scholarship applications. The extended deadline is Monday, April 9th.    Know any students interested in a $3,000-$10,000 scholarship? Please send them our way.      Minimum requirements to apply for a scholarship: Muslim or active member of the Muslim community; Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2018; Majoring in an ISF supported major; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD) by August 2018.   For more information and to apply visit: https://islamicscholarshipfund.org/scholarships/
by N. Safko
Thursday, April 5, 2018
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Locked Topic 0 N. Safko The Intel scholarships are $5,000 for undergraduate and $10,000 for graduate students and they have a summer internship component. Please distribute far and wide to Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander students who are in the disciplines listed below. To qualify, students must: Be studying computer science, material science, or computer, electrical, or chemical engineering (as an intended major for undergraduate freshmen, pursuing these degrees as an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student). Have a 3.0 GPA (in last year of high school or during the last semester completed) Be an AISES member Be interested in an internship for the summer of 2018  An enrolled member or a decedent of an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or decedent from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or decedent from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada. Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable.  Applicant may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card. Please note, AISES may not always have scholarships available for non-citizens of the United States.     Go to: http://www.aises.org/scholarships
by N. Safko
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
DirectTextbook.com 2018 High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest 0 N. Safko Award amounts: $3000 - first place $1000 - second place $500 - third place Application deadline date: May 4th, 2018 Description: In 500 words or less write a response to the following question: "What is self-esteem? What role does self-esteem play in your life?" Applications will not be accepted after May 4th, 2018. Once the contest is closed, all essays will be reviewed. The winners of each award will be notified by email on or before June 8th, 2018. Applicant must be: Current US citizen, a current high school senior, & have a most recent GPA of 2.0 or higher. Click here for more information or to apply.
by N. Safko
Friday, March 30, 2018
Your invitation is here! 0 N. Safko Join Scholarship America at its May 22, 2018 Dreams to Success National Education Dinner & Awards Celebration in Washington, DC, presented by Voya. We’ll celebrate 22 extraordinary 2017-2018 Dream Award scholarship recipients and present Scholarship America Honors to Senator George J. Mitchell, Genentech FutureLab and the GE Foundation, in recognition of their outstanding student success programs. Click here for more information.
by N. Safko
Friday, March 30, 2018
ECMC doesn't just hand out free curricula. We offer free training too! 0 N. Safko ECMC provides nationally recognized trainings to help educators increase the success rates of first generation low-income students. “Believing the College Dream” for 4th through 8th grade students and their families “Realizing the College Dream” for high school students “Attaining the College Dream” for at-risk college students ECMC provides all workshop materials at no cost. For more information, visit https://www.ecmc.org/students/educator-resources.html or email nationaltrainings@ecmc.org.
by N. Safko
Friday, March 30, 2018
10,000 Degrees Expanding to San Francisco Fueled By $350,000 Grant 0 N. Safko San Rafael, CA, January 24, 2018– 10,000 Degrees, a leading college success nonprofit in California, has been awarded a multi-year Catalyst Grant from the Wellington Management Foundation to help launch program expansion to San Francisco, beginning at Balboa High School and City College of San Francisco. Read the full press release here.
by N. Safko
Friday, March 30, 2018
CampusLogic Blog: Keep Scholarship Providers in the Game & Off the Sideline 0 N. Safko How can scholarship providers hand out need-based awards to college students if they can’t objectively confirm the need? This year, the Department of Education issued guidance that makes information sharing between institutions and scholarship providers impossible. So, now, the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) and supporters like CampusLogic are asking ED to reconsider their guidance. Amy Glynn weighs in and offers a few suggestions for dealing with “scholarship gridlock” in the interim. Read the full blog here.
by N. Safko
Friday, March 30, 2018

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