The American Dream Revisited Scholarship 


The intent of the American Dream Revisited Scholarship is to help launch American Dream success stories across the nation.  The American Dream Revisited Scholarship will provide support to college students who have financial need and are majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies and/or have displayed entrepreneurial tendencies.  The Scholarship was established in 2016 by Gary Sirak as a result of his book, The American Dream Revisited. 

Gary Sirak will donate 20% of the profits of every copy sold of The American Dream Revisited to fund the scholarship.



Scholarship Criteria

High School seniors and current college students may apply.  To be eligible for these scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Senior in high school or high school graduate
  • United States citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need to pursue education
  • Demonstrate above average academic performance
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Exhibit good character
  • Overcome some obstacles in their lives
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least 12 credit hours per semester
  • Majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies and/or have displayed entrepreneurial tendencies

Funds may be used for any cost associated with college education.


Application Requirements and Important Information

1. Students must submit application found here.

2. All students will be required to submit a 500-word essay describing their personal American dream.

3. In addition to submitting the application, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the resulting Student Assistance Record (SAR) to OFIC. The SAR includes your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). For instructions, see

4. Submit an official copy of your most recent transcript from your college or high school.

All documents must be uploaded within the scholarship application.

All required materials must be received no later than April 1st. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholar selection and administration of the program is handled by The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Funds are sent directly to each selected scholar's college by late July.  Scholarships may be used at any accredited, not for profit public or private college or university in the United States.




Brett Fields
Manager, Scholarship Services
The Ohio Foundation of  Independent Colleges
250 East Broad Street, Suite 1700
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1950