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50 for 50 Day 44: Scholarship America

June 30, 2011

It’s my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 44. Here’s the scoop: because I feel so lucky and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.

The other day I went to the cell phone store and the same guy who sold me my phone 5 years ago was still working there. I walked in and immediately started haranguing the poor guy about going to college. He’s young, he’s smart – I think he should go to college. But I think almost everyone should.

Scholarship America is built on that premise – that everyone should get the chance to go to college.

From their website:
Scholarship America believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status.

In 1958, an Optometrist in Fall River, Mass., had a simple but profound idea—if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community attend college. Dr. Irving Fradkin called his plan “Dollars for Scholars,” and it has expanded into what today is the nation’s largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization—Scholarship America.

Since its founding, Scholarship America has distributed more than $2.5 billion to 1.7 million students across the country through various programs including Dollars for Scholars, Dreamkeepers, and Scholarship Management Services. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary and enter our second half-century of helping students, we invite you to become a part of our mission by donating or volunteering today.

Cal Poly graduation 1986
Me on graduation day, in the back yard of my student hovel.

Donate here. They also need local volunteers.

Previously featured organizations:
Media Matters for America
Boys and Girls Club
Your Local Food Bank
Girls for a Change
Operation Smile
Wheels for Humanity
National Security Archive
Books for Africa
Seed Savers Exchange
MAP International
The Fresh Air Fund
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Impact Personal Safety
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Light Up the World Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Doctors Without Borders
Heifer International
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. June 30, 2011 07:44

    I do so love that picture of you.

    • June 30, 2011 09:05

      I had a heavy hand with the henna that year. My mom was still giving me crap about it the other day.

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