SAGE Scholars Announces Partnership with Great American Opportunities, America's Largest Youth Fundraising Company

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SAGE Scholars, Inc., sponsor of the unique Tuition Rewards® program that can reduce tuition costs at a national consortium of 340+ private colleges & universities in 46 states, will be available in fall 2015 to students who participate in school and youth fundraising efforts through Great American Opportunities. Tuition Rewards helps make college more affordable and helps member colleges recruit qualified students.

Continuing its innovative efforts to promote private higher education and to make more students available to consortium member colleges, SAGE Scholars, Inc. announces a unique partnership agreement with Great American Opportunities (GAO), North America's largest school and youth fundraising company.

Great American Opportunities -- along with QSP, its National Accounts Division -- has. raised over $5 Billion dollars in profits for groups over 40 years. Great American annually reaches over 7 million students through more than 25,000 school and group campaigns.

Great American's primary focus is helping kids. With campaigns that raise millions of dollars every year—including magazine fundraisers, cookie dough fundraisers, discount card fundraisers and quality gift brochure fundraisers, GAO (Nashville, TN) supports organizations in communities throughout the U.S. that are changing lives.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, participants in Great American and QSP programs will allow families and students to earn Tuition Rewards® Points as recognition for reaching pre-set levels of sales in its organizational fundraising programs.

Through this partnership, the schools and organizations will earn needed funds, while the student participants will be acknowledged for their success with Tuition Rewards points that can be redeemed, at time of college application, for guaranteed minimum discounts at participating private colleges. Currently, 341 colleges in 46 states are members of the SAGE Private College & University Enrollment Marketing Consortium.

Students participating in fundraising campaigns are typically the most active and involved in their schools and groups, working hard to assist in special projects, programs and activities.

"SAGE envisions that self-motivated students will prove to be great candidates for our partner colleges and universities as they move toward graduation," said Dr. James B. Johnston, SAGE Chairman and CEO. "We are thrilled to add Great American to our team. We are certain that this new partnership will make a difference for students across the country."

In 2014, participating seniors submitted Tuition Rewards® points valued at $43.6 million to member colleges (32% increase). Rewards points, similar to frequent flyer miles (1 point = $1.00), are submitted at time of application. Participation in Tuition Rewards is free to colleges and to families.

The program encourages families to save for college. Financial organizations (529 Plans, banks, credit unions, employers, insurance firms, mutual funds, etc.) pay a fee to use Tuition Rewards to provide a value-added benefit for clients or employees.    

Member colleges benefit by free marketing access to participating students (once they reach 9th grade). Colleges find the demographics attractive – families saving for college who have expressed interest in private higher education. Colleges absorb the scholarships, which are capped at one full year’s tuition (spread evenly over four years) and can be included with other aid, as a marketing cost to effectively reach out to a wider student audience than an individual college could on its own.

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