Welcome to Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County -- formerly known as Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County. As you can see, effective November 1, we've changed our name, the result of our decision to disaffiliate from Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars organization. Recently, the national organization began implementing some systems and administrative changes that our Board of Directors felt would be very time-consuming and distracting to implement. Over the past 48 years, we have operated successfully as a local organization, providing local support to local students, and we want to continue to do so without the diversion of our time and resources that remaining part of the national organization would require. Our mission remains the same; only our name has changed. We look forward to continuing to serve the students and families of Indian River County for another 50 years under this new banner.
Local Support for Local Students
Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County was founded in 1964 by Dan K. Richardson and members of the local Rotary Club as a chapter of Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars program with a vision and mission of helping local students realize their dream of going to college by providing need-based scholarships. From 1965-2013, as Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County, we fulfilled that mission by awarding $8.6MM to 2,665 accomplished and deserving Indian River County students.
In 2013, we recommitted to serve our local community and changed our name to Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County when our parent organization imposed new centralized systems and process requirements that we felt would take away from our resources and core mission of supporting local students with local dollars. We decided to disaffiliate from them and continue to pursue our mission as Scholarship Foundaton of Indian River County.
Though we changed our name, everything else remained the same -- our vision and mission, our board of directors, our program, our dedicated volunteers and our commitment to serve the students of Indian River County with the dream of going to college.
Scholarship Foundation is supported solely through the generosity of the residents and businesses of Indian River County. We are a 501(c)(3) application-pending nonprofit charitable organization. Our volunteer Board of Directors raises our funds, sets our policies, reviews scholarship applications and interviews student applicants and their families.
Scholarship qualifications and applications are available online each year after January 1 and must be submitted by our mid-February deadline. We welcome the support of all who wish to join us in fulfilling the college dreams of the hardworking, talented and deserving students in Indian River County.