Utica Dollars for Scholars

Fueling the future through opportunity.

aka Utica Dollars for Scholars   |   Utica, NY   |  https://utica.dollarsforscholars.org

Mission

Utica Dollars for Scholars® a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization founded in 1994 and affiliated with Scholarship America®. The mission of Utica Dollars for Scholars® is to establish and maintain a growing source of financial and academic support for local students. Awards come from donations by individuals, family members, businesses, and organizations; also from bequests, memorial gifts, grants, and fund-raising events. Our vision is to fuel the future through opportunity.

Notes from the nonprofit

Donations to Utica Dollars for Scholars at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/utica-dollars-for-scholars… Establish a scholarship or memorial fund, send an email to [email protected]

Ruling year info

1962

President

Lee Kowalsky

Main address

PO Box 1733

Utica, NY 13503 USA

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EIN

46-5099142

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships

Utica Dollars for Scholars distributes scholarships to qualified students attending accredited US colleges and universities. A single application on the UDFS website allows eligible students to apply for a wide variety of donor-funded financial awards. Most awards are for graduating high school students from Oneida and Herkimer Counties, in New York State.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Scholarship America 1994

Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of student awards. In 2022, the number is 199.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total amount of scholarship award dollars. In 2022, the total is $348,000 Since our founding year in 1994: Total scholarship dollars - $2,241,855 Total student awards - 2,356

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Utica Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1994. We are a local foundation comprised of dedicated community and school volunteers who raise scholarship money and provide financial and academic support to local students. We operate locally with volunteers who determine how best to meet the needs of students who apply.

We coordinate many awards throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties, using a single application process so as to reach more students and recognize the generosity of local donors and organizations that are the lifeblood of our efforts.

Utica Dollars for Scholars is part of Scholarship America, a national network of community-based, volunteer-operated scholarship foundations in cities, towns, and neighborhoods throughout the United States.

We also partner with The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties to coordinate the promotion, nomination, and distribution processes for many donor-established scholarships.

We access a Collegiate Partners Program of colleges, universities and post-secondary schools across the United States that agrees not to reduce their grant aid when Dollars for Scholars scholarships come to their campuses. Many institutions also provide a matching amount of scholarship based on Dollars for Scholars awards.

Students complete the online application on the Utica Dollars for Scholars (UDFS) website at https://utica.dollarsforscholars.org. The application must include requested student information including, but not limited to, the financial section, goals essay, high school transcript, and recommendation. The UDFS website also has information on other Scholarship America award opportunities plus financial aid information. There is no cost to the student or family. UDFS scholarship search, application, and awards have no fees or charges. Questions can be addressed via email to [email protected]

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Students receiving scholarships.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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Utica Dollars for Scholars

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lee Kowalsky

Bruce Brodsky

John Bartle

Katherine Voce

Nadean Gleitsmann

Bradley Gouger

Asia Rosa

Ken Szczesniak

Susan Schafer

Amanda Jones

Kari Puleo

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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