The “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” National College Scholarship Program

When the scholarship program, Dare to Dream, was initially started, its founders were determined to do more than simply market top-of-the-line educational products. Their commitment was to design a program that would give back, on an ongoing basis, to the communities where they worked and lived. This was realized through the implementation of the “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” national scholarship competition.



Participating students describe a personal dream and how they hope to attain it, utilizing any form of creative expression. Previous winning entries have included videos, collages, models, essays, photos, Power Point presentations and paintings that expressed the winners’ dreams.

Four times a year, once each quarter, the Orchard Learning Systems Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed National Scholarship Program awards the following prizes: One $4,000 college scholarships each quarter. Seven students quarterly will receive our K-9 complete library or our 6-12 library, the same programs that have produced great results in thousands of schools across the country

Reinforcing the philosophy of the importance of parental involvement in education, Orchard Learning Systems’ “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” program requires parents to write their own statements of support for their children, and to outline how they plan to assist them in reaching their goals. A parental statement must be included with each child’s entry in order for that entry to qualify.

To receive an entry form for the “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” program, please call us at 1-800-764-5845, download the form, or write to us at: Orchard Learning Systems, 18000 Studebaker Road Suite 520 Cerritos CA 90703. Feel free to go to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Entries can be submitted any time during the year. Judging is done on a quarterly basis. Please take a moment to read the rules and regulations to familiarize yourself with the program.

The “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” National College Scholarship Program

The power of visualizing a dream -Students from large cities and small towns, from grade school to High School…these boys and girls have dared to dream. Through their hard work and imaginative efforts they have won scholarship dollars, computers and software…We dedicate this page to them…and to the attainment of dreams!

Here is a sampling of some of the winning projects. We will post winning projects and presentations as they become available. So take a look at some of the winning entries. Enjoy! Remember…Dare to Dream…Expect to succeed.

Ryan Doupe – Very first winner 1999, was a 3rd Grader from Lynbrook, NY, at Our Lady of Peace. Made a 3-dimensional poster expressing his dream of being a writer and Illustrator. Ryan Doupe, received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Philosophy and pursued a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. He is currently working in the Mental Health field. “Winning the scholarship was great,” Ryan Doupe said. “it was a good motivator. I was undecided at first, but after winning the scholarship I was able to decide on pursuing a college education and major in the psychology field. It was a blessing knowing that I had some scholarship money and that it would help with school and expenses. Dare to Dream is a great motivator for young people to pursue their dreams and be able to go to college. The scholarship really helped my family and I am very thankful.”

Luis Arechiga – Winner 2004, was a 7th grader at Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School in Los Angeles, CA. Made a model of a dog showing his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, Atlanta GA.   “Winning the Dare to Dream scholarship gave me the confidence and motivation to apply for other scholarships,” Luis Arechiga said. “And I was able to get a full scholarship to Emory University. It was nice to know that when I applied to colleges and if things got tight that I had the $5,000 scholarship money to use, so it made me more confident.”  In his senior year of high school, Luis did some research at USC Keck School of Medicine. He tested compounds in search of the next generation of HIV drugs. He was very enthusiastic about taking part of this research, since his name would appear on any research paper published as a result of these experiments.  Luis received a full scholarship to Emory University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. He is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Emory University and wants to go continue into medical school. He still has the Dare to Dream scholarship available, which he can use when he goes to Med School.

Vanna Mai Le– Winner 1999, was a 5th grader at Los Arboles Elementary School in San Jose, CA. Created a Notebook showing the effects of violence and poverty to express her dream to create programs that teach children how to handle anger, stress and depression. Received B.As in English, Economics and a minor in Textiles & Clothing from University of California, Davis and finished her studies in 3 years.

Congratulations to All Winners!

We would like to congratulate all these great students that Dared to Dream. They worked hard through elementary, middle school all the way through high school, focused and motivated on achieving their goal. Through their perseverance and dedicated parents, they succeed in achieving their dream. We hope their efforts will serve as inspiration to every child that not only wants to enter the contest, but that has a big dream that they would like to achieve. Here’s proof that dreams do come true.

Entries can be submitted any time during the year. Judging is done on a quarterly basis. Please take a moment to read the rules and regulations to familiarize yourself with the program.



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Students are asked to tell us about their dream…and how they hope to achieve it. Any medium can be used – prose, poetry, photography, collage, sculpture or painting – depending upon the interest of the individual child.

A parent, mentor, trusted adult, or someone who cares, is asked to show how they will encourage and support their child’s dream.

This may include what they have done, or will do to support and encourage theirs child’s hopes, passions and commitment, while fostering an understanding of choice, and the power of working together. Our hope is that this will allow each parent to communicate their commitment, understanding and dedication to helping their children make “good choices”. Lastly, please use any form of creative expression and have fun!

Please fill out the entry form and attach to the submission. Mail the child’s “Dare to Dream” project and the parent’s entry, along with the form, to Orchard Learning Systems Headquarters: Attn: Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed Entries Orchard Learning Systems 18000 Studebaker Road Suite 520 Cerritos CA 90703. There is no submission deadline. Applicants may submit an entry any time during this year. Judging is held and prizes are awarded four times per year – once each quarter.

In order to be eligible for a prize, all participants must submit a child entry and a parent entry, and mail both directly to Orchard Learning Systems, a division of BrainstormUSA, LLC. All entries become the property of Orchard Learning Systems. The Scholarship contest is ongoing; an applicant may submit an entry at any time during the year. No purchase necessary. Judging is held and prizes are awarded four times per year – once each quarter. Limit one project per quarter, per student. Projects already submitted cannot be re-entered. Student can submit an entirely new project for the same or different dream. Orchard Learning Systems will have sole responsibility for the selection of the recipients and its decision will be final. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of creativity, originality, and clarity of the dream and method of achieving it. Scholarships will be void where prohibited by law. Orchard Learning Systems employees, distributors, independent contractors and their family members are not eligible to participate in the “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” program. Recipients of scholarships will be required to achieve a grade point average of 2.75 during the four-year High School period. Recipients will be notified by mail and/or by telephone. Acceptance of scholarship and/or prizes constitutes permission to use recipient’s name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising and trade, and agreement to attend a local awards ceremony(s) at Orchard Learning Systems expense without any further compensation unless prohibited by law. Funds will be distributed by an independent organization – Scholarship America. Prizes and scholarships awarded are subject to change without notice. For further information contact Orchard Learning Systems, 18000 Studebaker Road Suite 520 Cerritos CA 90703 or go to our website at


Q: What kind of project can I enter?

A: Any technique is applicable, including collages, paintings, three-dimensional models, videos and poems. The important thing is to show originality, craftsmanship and intent.

Q: Do older students have an advantage?

A: No. Judges keep in consideration the finished product in relation to the age of the applicant. We’ve had winners ranging from the second grade all the way to high school.

Q: When is it too late to enter?

A: Never. Enter any time of the year. If an entry is received later in the quarter it will apply to the next quarter’s selection.

Q: Do parents have to submit an entry as well?

A: Key to the project is the understanding that parents demonstrate support for their children’s efforts. Parents can choose any medium to describe their support. They can write a letter, poems, film a video, or whatever they wish. Please remember that the judges review the parent’s entry as well as that of the child.

Q: What happens if the parents forget to include their own entry?

A: Entries without the parent component will not be considered.

Q: Can I make multiple entries at the same time?

A: No. There is a limit of one project per quarter, per student. Projects already submitted cannot be re-entered. A Student can submit a new project for the same or different dream in a different quarter.

Q: Can I submit a project developed as a class project?

A: Yes. Many classroom and teachers have utilized “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” as a class project to keep their students excited about their future careers and aspirations. We’ve even had several winners coming from the same school.

Q: Can my brother or sister submit a project too?

A: Yes.

Q: What happen to the scholarship money after I win?

A: Funds will be managed on behalf of the winner by an independent organization – Scholarship America. If you have any other questions that are not included here, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to provide you with the answers.


Download an Individual Application

Feel free to download an application in Adobe PDF format. Please don’t forget to fill out the information and attach it with the entry. Schools are also encouraged to download forms and distribute them for class projects. If you would like to find out more about the school’s Local Competition please go to Get Your Classroom Involved. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat driver, download one for free in the Adobe Website.




If you would like to submit Online a project into the Dare to Dream...Expect to Succeed National Scholarship program, please fill out the information below. Make sure you have included at least one sample of the student's project a letter of support from the Parent.


One Project per Student. Upload up to 6 photos or 1 video showing or describing the project.

Please insert the YouTube link inside the field. Example:

One Letter of Support per Parent. Upload one Text document, video, photograph or copy and paste on text area below.

I agree to all the rules and regulations concerning this competition. To review them click here.