Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship

Penn Foster College Creates Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship for High School Graduates Through Non-Profit Partner YouthBuild

August 25, 2016

Honoring YouthBuild Founder, Annual Scholarship Covers One College Semester’s Tuition for Five Students a Year.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, (August 25, 2016) — Penn Foster College, a provider of affordable online degree programs in high-growth fields, today announced the creation of the Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship for students graduating from Penn Foster High School via programs being implemented through YouthBuild.

Named in honor of YouthBuild USA founder and CEO Dorothy Stoneman, who recently announced her plans to step down as CEO in January 2017, the annual scholarship will be presented beginning in 2017 to five Penn Foster High School graduates per year. The students who meet the scholarship criteria, all of whom will come from local YouthBuild programs, may enroll for one semester in a Penn Foster College program of their choosing with tuition fully waived. 

“There is no one more deserving of having a scholarship named in her honor than Dorothy Stoneman,” said Frank Britt, CEO, Penn Foster, Inc. “Over a period of nearly four decades, Dorothy has grown YouthBuild from a single collaborative project in East Harlem to a worldwide movement and network of over 250 locally controlled programs in the United States and 81 programs in 21 other countries.  As YouthBuild high school graduates move on to college and the workforce, their journey follows in the wake of Dorothy Stoneman’s groundbreaking career, which we honor with these scholarships.” 

Michael Brown, CEO and Co-founder, City Year, added: "Dorothy Stoneman's lifelong commitment to social justice has transformed the lives and the life prospects of hundreds of thousands of young people. She has provided hope and leadership across the nation and globe to address the root causes and effects of concentrated poverty, and inspired all of us— indeed, pushed all of us—to do more, try harder and ‎never give up in the effort to ensure that every young person in America has the education, support services and advocacy he or she needs to succeed.”

YouthBuild USA's Education and Career Pathways Department recently hosted the 11th Annual Instructional Leadership Institute, where Penn Foster’s plan for the Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship was hatched.  This year’s conference theme, “Everyone Leads, Everyone Educates” focused on strategies and approaches for all YouthBuild program staff to lead in ways that reach and empower all learners.

At YouthBuild programs in the United States and across the globe, unemployed and out-of-school young people work toward their High School Equivalency (HSE) or high school diploma, while learning career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships— and as a part of a strong and supportive global community.

“I am deeply honored by Penn Foster’s new scholarship,” said Dorothy Stoneman. "In the last 22 years, YouthBuild programs have given over 165,000 young people and their families the chance to rebuild their communities and their lives. We are grateful for Penn Foster’s support of YouthBuild students as they pursue education while becoming leaders in their communities."

About YouthBuild USA, Inc.
YouthBuild USA, Inc.,, based in Somerville, MA, is the non-profit support center for over 250 local YouthBuild programs operating in 44 states and the District of Columbia. In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated low income out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 work toward their High School Equivalency (HSE) or high school diploma, while learning career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods, engaging in community service and leadership training. YouthBuild USA also sponsors the YouthBuild International effort that has generated over 80 local YouthBuild programs in 21 countries worldwide. There are two ways a local program can be authorized to use the YouthBuild brand in the U.S.: either they can directly win a US Department of Labor YouthBuild grant, or they can be licensed by YouthBuild USA to use the name when they demonstrate commitment to the basic philosophy and design.

About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit


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