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August 21, 2012 - Irving Fradkin, OD43, Founder of Scholarship America

Dr. Irving Fradkin, Class of 1943, was recently honored by his hometown of Fall River, MA for his 50+ year stewardship of Dollars for Scholars (now Scholarship America).  Dr. Fradkin started the program from his office in 1958 by asking his patients to each donate $1 to help send local high school graduates to college.   It was so successful that it was recognized by President Eisenhower, and chapters of the program expanded across the country. By 2012, approximately $3 billion has been awarded to help high school graduates achieve the education that they may otherwise have been unable to afford.


Dr. Fradkin was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree at New England College of Optometry’s 2007 Commencement ceremony. He and his wife Charlotte continue to be actively involved with the promulgation of Dollars for Scholar’s message in national forums.


Katie Couric recently recognized Dr. Fradkin’s efforts in the foreword of her latest book, The Best Advice I Ever Got. All of the profits from the book will be donated to Scholarship America.   Click here to see a message from Katie Couric to Dr. Fradkin at the release of her book.



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