The Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Receives 2013 NCAN Award of Excellence


Pictured left to right: Pranav Kothari, NCAN Board President; Sandler; Sue Byers, Chief Academic Officer of College Success Foundation; Kyle Malone, Senior Program Officer of USA Funds.

Faith Sandler, Executive Director of The Scholarship Foundation, was honored nationally with the 2013 National College Access Network (NCAN) 2013 Executive Leadership Award of Excellence at the 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Sandler was selected for this all-star honor from qualified candidates from over 1,000 organizations.

The 2013 Executive Leadership Award of Excellence recognizes the dedication and hard work of an individual serving as a college access program’s Executive Director, President, or as a member of its board of directors. Sandler has been the Foundation’s Executive Director for almost 25 years. She is a recognized leader in the college access field, who has dedicated her entire academic and professional career to enhancing educational opportunities for members of society whose options are limited. Under her visionary leadership, the Foundation has tripled the funding for the interest-free loan and grant program to $4 million dollars per year; begun a Student Advocate and Advising Program that assists over 2,500 students and families annually with financial aid literacy and college affordability; and developed a Community Internship Program to provide students with paid internships in community organizations. Sandler also co-chairs St. Louis Graduates, a collaboration of community organizations that aims to increase the percent of adults in the St. Louis region with a college degree to 50% by 2020.

NCAN honored four nonprofits with awards. St. Louis nonprofits received two of the four as College Bound of St. Louis received the award for College Access Organization Award of Excellence. To read more about all four winners, please click here