As an all volunteer organization and good stewards of donated funds, we have been able to increase the number and size of scholarships each year.  Fresh Start’s ability to award scholarships depends on the generosity of our donors. These are individuals, businesses and foundations that provide the financial support that funds scholarships. Our policy – and our history – is to designate 97% of our funding to scholarships. This good stewardship of funds donated to us is why we have been able each year to support and grow our scholarship program.

We raise funds in three ways:

  • Annual Campaign: We solicit donations from individuals through this Campaign each year from April through June.
  • Grants from foundations and other organizations are requested throughout the year.
  • Sponsorships for our annual Signature Event come from individuals and local businesses that are recognized at the Event.

To keep pace with increasing tuition costs, Fresh Start’s long-term goal is a minimum of 5% annual increase in the total value of the scholarships we award.

Annual Campaign

Each year from April through June, we ask friends of Fresh Start to donate to this Campaign. 100% of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board support this Campaign through their individual donations.

If you would like to contribute to support our scholarship program, please click the “Donate” button on this page.


Foundations and other organizations that share the Fresh Start mission are another important source of funding for scholarships. We want to express our appreciation to the following who have awarded grants to Fresh in recent years.:

  • Chichester duPont Foundation
  • Christiana Rotary Club Foundation
  • Christmas Shop Foundation
  • Dansko Foundation
  • Delaware Community Foundation
  • Eliason Education Grant
  • Laffey McHugh Foundation
  • Milton and Hattie Kutz Foundation
  • TD Bank Charitable Foundation

If you represent or know of a foundation that shares Fresh Start’s focus, please contact us at [email protected].


Dozens of local businesses contribute as Sponsors of our annual Signature Event. We offer several sponsorship levels for small and large businesses. Each sponsorship level carries a unique package of benefits such as recognition and tickets to the Event. If your business is interested in supporting our scholarship program and receiving the benefits of sponsorship, please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you to our Sponsors