All the students who receive a scholarship are personally known to Penn and Doug. They have been through an extensive screening process to determine their commitment to their studies and the requirements of the program. They are followed carefully through direct communication, skype and telephone with Penn, the Scholarship Fund coordinator. Each semester the recipients provide both academic reports and a financial accounting for the funds they have received.
Some students are sponsored during high school to ensure that they are prepared for the rigors of college, while some begin when they enter college. There are also older students who have never had the opportunity to continue their education and find themselves with families and limited income due to lack of training and education. The Scholarship Fund helps them complete their education toward professional development.
To learn more about a few of the Dreams to Reality Scholarship recipients, click Recipients Gallery and read more about their stories.