Building Dreams, Interest-Free

In 1961, the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation awarded $5,400 in interest-free loans to 15 graduating high school seniors. It was the first line of loans issued by the entity that would eventually become Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning.

By 2013, LDHL was able to issue more than $960,000 in loans to over 600 students. Every year, LDHL disburses nearly a million dollars in interest-free loans to students with demonstrated need.

Without regard to race, ethnicity, color, creed, gender or age, LDHL has helped students from Lancaster County realize their dreams of attending accredited two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning as close as Millersville, PA and as far away as Alaska and California.

With only three paid staffers and a board of volunteers, we continue to act as the flagship lender of interest-free loans for students who have graduated from Lancaster County high schools.

For more than 50 years, Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning has been helping graduates become students and students become graduates.