Everyone has a dream - something they really want to accomplish. The Bremen Dollars for Scholars program is helping dreams become reality. As part of Scholarship America’s national network of locally based, volunteer-driven Dollars for Scholars (DFS) chapters, the Bremen DFS mission is to mobilize the community to support postsecondary success for local students.
Over 500 similar chapters across the nation help hometown students achieve their educational goals by raising scholarship funds, establishing endowment, providing assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process, and distributing scholarships each year.
The Bremen DFS began in 1988 with a handful of people reaching into their pockets for the $50 needed to complete the charter application. Soon afterwards, the first $2,000 was raised to qualify for a $1,000 Lilly Endowment grant and this new organization was well on its way. Altogether, in the first year of operation, the Bremen DFS organization awarded eleven scholarships totaling $7,100 with recipients receiving an additional $4,000 in matching grants.
In 1996 Bremen Dollars for Scholars partnered with MCCF to establish both endowment and nonpermanent funds. Twenty years into the partnership, over $49,000 in scholarships have been awarded from these funds and they continue to grow to support future students as well. “By providing funds for continuing education opportunities, the dreams of our kids, and their kids can become real.” said Bruce Jennings, Principal of Bremen High School (2014).
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduating senior at Bremen High School