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                       Mr. Scholarship___________________________________________
      This site is an offshoot of Project FAST and is sponsored by Cassidy Endowment for Education (CEE).

CEE was founded by Daniel J. Cassidy, The author of "The Scholarship Book" from Prentice Hall. CEE matches first graders through post-doctorate scholars with private sector sources of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from around the world. Cassidy’s interest in this field stemmed from his own college scholarship experiences: As a student, he was awarded over $20,000 in private sector scholarships.

He is generally recognized as the nation's leading expert on private sector financial aid programs and has appeared as an expert guest on over 3,000 radio and TV shows including "Open Phone America" with Larry King and Jim bohannon, "The Home Show" with Gary Collins, and "Your Money" on CNN. Mr Cassidy is the author of three financial aid directories" The Scholarship Book (7th edition) from Prentice Hall, The Graduate Scholarship Directory (3rd edition) and The International Scholarship Directory (3rd edition) both from Career Press.

Cassidy holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of San Francisco in International Business and in Biology. He earned a certificate in Physics and Biochemistry at Yale University and a Master of Science in Chemistry at the University of San Francisco prior to beginning doctoral studies in Pathology at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
                        Dan's Story___________________________________________
      When I began my college career I went to the college financial aid office, like most students in need of financial aid. I needed some sort of financial aid because I had an agreement with my parents: they would pay my room and board at any school I wanted to attend, but I had to pay the tuition. Unfortunately, my SAT scores weren't good enough for me to get into a state school, where the tuition was relatively inexpensive. Luckily, the Jesuits at University of San Francisco (USF) "felt sorry" for me and let me in, but that meant I would have to come up with $5,000 a year for tuition! Not only would I need to work summers, I would have to get really involved with financial aid. I was surprised to learn that 80% of all students relied on some form of financial aid. That is still true today.

I also learned that 50% of all students that dropped out of college listed financial difficulty as the number one reason. In high school, I hadn't prepared for financial aid. I had been more concerned about where I was going to go to college and how I was going to get in. So my introduction to financial aid began in my freshman year at USF.

At the University's financial aid office, I was given information about state and federal money and a list of school endowments, which are scholarships that the college itself administers and that are given by alumni and local businesses. USF was fortunate in this regard, since many businesses and individuals had contributed money for buildings, scholarships and school equipment. Among them were Mrs. Dean Witter of the investment firm by the same name, Mrs. Davies of Davies Hospital, and Ben Swigg, the owner of the world-famous Fairmont Hotel. They gave money not only for buildings, but also for scholarships in specific fields of study.

Fortunately, the USF financial aid office let me know about those endowments. Many schools don't provide that information unless you ask for it. Be sure to use your financial aid office; it's a service you are paying for. Your financial aid office also will have information about a wide spectrum of financial aid, including military/ROTC scholarships, athletic scholarships and contests, festivals and awards in the arts. You should meet with a financial aid counselor at least once a year - if not every semester - in order to stay on top of government and private endowments.

After learning about government aid and private endowments at the financial aid office, I started thinking about private sector sources. Some common organizations that came to mind were Rotary, Lions Club, Elks, and Zonta International. I went to the library thinking there might be a book on the subject. This was 1975 and, back then, Macmillan Publishing's College Blue Book, still in existence today, listed about 1,200 sources. To my surprise, not only were common private sector sources listed, but I found many others that I had never thought of. Hughes Aircraft, Shell Oil, sororities, fraternities and clubs, for example, all offered educational benefits. Essentially, the book listed all the private sector sources: corporations, trusts, memorials, foundations and religious groups. These are the five categories that make up the private sector.

I wrote to some of the sources and requested their scholarship applications. When I began receiving responses, I realized the applications were quite easy to fill out, usually one to two pages in length and very similar to each other in form. Most required an essay, some an interview; thus, my involvement in the private sector scholarship arena began.

By applying to these private sector sources each year and still using the USF financial aid office, I was able to complete my degrees in international business and pre-med at USF, spend a summer studying at Yale and, finally, graduate with my master's in chemistry. Then I enrolled at UCSF School of Medicine, where I began a Ph.D. in Pathology. By that time I had acquired almost $20,000 in private sector scholarships — a big deal back then.

At UCSF, I received some more scholarships from the private sector and began my lab work in collagen biochemistry. About that time (1980), the federal government's HEAL program was cut back. This program supplied financial aid to the health sciences. Nursing, medical and dental students all were eligible for assistance until the cutbacks. A lot of my friends and student colleagues worried that they wouldn't be able to continue their education without HEAL program funds. They asked how I had received scholarships for USF and how they could go about obtaining funding. I told them about the scholarships I had received from the private sector. Fortunately, I had saved all the information that I had collected during my four years of research at USF. I told my friends to go ahead and use it. At the time, I had about 2,000 scholarship sources in my research files.

Being an impoverished Ph.D. student, I decided that I might be able to earn a few dollars by putting my research information into a computer and matching the specific students to the scholarships that had been stored in two file drawers. My idea was fairly simple and it wasn't particularly difficult for me since I had just finished working on a computer program that matched MD students to hospitals for their internships. I sent out a news release to local TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines.

At that time, the Apple II computer was coming into widespread use and a popular talk show host, Jim Eason at KGO radio, had just purchased one. He saw our news release and was interested in talking to us about how the computer was matching students to scholarships. My wife and I went on the air and talked for an hour about how lucrative the private sector was, and how different it was compared to traditional forms of financial aid. I remember that Mr. Eason kept asking me if I was sure I would be able to handle the response the radio show would generate. "No problem," I assured him. To my surprise, we received more than 3,000 letters that week requesting the scholarship matching service. I had accidentally stubbed my toe on a need and I've been filling it ever since.

I continued using the same format during our early years: doing talk shows that told students and parents about the private sector funding sources and providing a scholarship search service that enabled students to locate those sources. Then, in 1984, we decided to put our information into a book format with Prentice Hall. The result was The Scholarship Book. It has fostered two offshoots: The Graduate Scholarship Directory and The International Scholarship Directory, both published by Career Press. The books are an inexpensive way to disseminate the information to students who would rather do their own research. Each book has tables in the front that will enable you to cross-reference your search by categories: educational, occupational and personal background and goals. The online scholarship search at this site does the same (and, possibly, a more thorough) job, but without all the effort that the book requires.

If you want to do your own research, the books listed above are available at most book stores.

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