YouthPower365's Dollars for Scholars

Creates a personal, streamlined and connected program which manages donors and students in a scholarship process.

Number of participants: 150 applicants, 73 scholarships awarded
Ages: 17-22 years (high school and college students)
Locations: All students in Eagle County
Contact: Lauren DesCombes at or 970.748.5984


YouthPower365 Dollars for Scholars

YouthPower365 Dollars for Scholars
formerly the Eagle River Valley Scholarship Collaboration

In 2001, several Eagle Valley scholarship sponsors came together to advocate for broader access to higher education for Eagle County students. In order to make sure that all students have equal access, a single scholarship application was developed. The collective group believes that while higher education is a big challenge, every student who has the desire to work toward a college degree should have that opportunity. The Eagle River Valley Scholarship Collaboration is working to make the dream of higher education a reality for as many students as possible.

While there are scholarships for 4-year university programs, the scholarship collaboration realizes that that is not in the plans for many students. The scholarship committee takes this into account and has awarded scholarships to students with less traditional career goals as well, including community college and vocational programs. Each scholarship donor develops their own criteria, and individual considerations and requests are respected. The collaborative scholarship application is accessible for every high school graduate in our community.

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About Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars

Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars is a time-tested way to manage and grow a new or an existing community-based scholarship program. For more than 50 years, Scholarship America has helped community groups and organizations nationwide establish and operate Dollars for Scholars scholarship programs as an affiliate chapters that operate under Scholarship America’s 501(c)(3) charitable status. All Dollars for Scholars affiliates govern and manage all aspects of their operations, but maintain their affiliation status with Scholarship America by following the parameters and standards set forth in an affiliation agreement.

Through Dollars for Scholars, we will use a new, online based system called ChapterNet to manage our scholarship students. ChapterNet is an online tool developed exclusively for affiliates to track students, manage scholarship applications as well as track volunteers and donors. The benefits include: streamlining operations and providing more scholarship opportunities to the students through a scholarship matching system. The matching program matches students to additional scholarship opportunities outside of Eagle County through other Scholarship America affiliate partners, national programs, and the Scholarship America partnership with Fastweb.

Please click this link, to watch a video that describes more features of our new scholarship platform.