National Scrip Center Funds Scholarships - 43 Students will receive Share The Dream Awards

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Share The DreamÂ? Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building scholarship opportunities, announced that it will award 43 scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year. The awards will be made to elementary, high school and college students as well as for continuing education of nonprofit management.

Share The Dream™ Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building scholarship opportunities, announced that it will award 43 scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year. The awards will be made to elementary, high school and college students as well as for continuing education of nonprofit management.

These scholarship awards will pay educational expenses at accredited private and public educational and vocational training institutions and are available to nonprofit organizations that have been active clients of National Scrip Center (NSC) for at least three years. NSC, Share The Dream Foundation’s Sponsor, is the nation’s largest and only nonprofit scrip provider that supports fundraising efforts of nonprofit charitable organizations.

“National Scrip Center is committed to benefiting education with these scholarship opportunities for students and nonprofit management professionals,” said David C. Carrithers, Chief Executive Officer and President, National Scrip Center. “Now we are fulfilling that commitment and that’s particularly important in view of the drastic cuts in state education budgets. We are pleased that we can give back to nonprofit organizations through our support of the Foundation.”

“Share The Dream Foundation and its mission of serving today’s youth through expansion of educational opportunities provides a wonderful opportunity for NSC to extend its mission further into the community,” said John Klein, Esq., a Director of the Foundation. “We are proud that Share The Dream will award 43 scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year.”

Disbursement of Share the Dream scholarships will be allocated by national regions. The scholarships will be divided as follows:

Elementary - 30 Scholarships     $500 each

High School - 11 Scholarships $2,500 each

College - 1 Scholarship                $4,500

Nonprofit Management (University of Saint Thomas) 1 Scholarship $3,000

Scholarship awards have been paid directly to those educational institutions in which each successful candidate is enrolled. Applications were accepted in June and the selection process has been completed. Scholarship availability for the 2004-05 academic year will be announced in January 2004.

About Share the Dream™ Foundation:

Share the Dream Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building scholarship opportunities for students wishing to attend private elementary school, high school, college and vocational institutes. Share The Dream Foundation is sponsored by National Scrip Center. For more information about Share The Dream Foundation, please visit http://www.share-the-dream.org

About NSC:

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., National Scrip Center (NSC) is a nonprofit organization that helps schools, service clubs, charities and other nonprofits raise necessary funds by providing innovative fundraising products, programs and services. During its 15-year history, NSC has processed more than $2 billion in gift card and gift certificate sales. It has helped more than 9,000 nonprofit organizations nationwide raise more than $184 million net in critical funding. NSC is unique in offering a complete line of gift certificate and gift card products, a comprehensive selection of merchants and multiple communication channels to customers. For more information, visit http://www.nationalscripcenter.org or call 1-800-538-1222.

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