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About Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is your dedicated partner in scholarship and grant management. We facilitate meaningful connections with lasting impact through our end-to-end platform, advocate mindset and operational expertise.

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Founder Greg Dehn’s story

Kaleidoscope CEO Greg Dehn
— Greg Dehn, Founder & CEO

When my father was diagnosed with ALS, my family struggled to make ends meet and could not afford to pay for college tuition. As a first-generation, hard-working student, I suddenly found myself lacking the social and financial support to pursue an education beyond high school. 

To fund my education, I applied to a number of award programs and eventually landed several grants, including the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant. 

Combined, these awards allowed me to attend and graduate from Colorado College in 1998 with less than $10,000 in student loans. Through help from my then employers I later received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

My story probably sounds familiar — unfortunately, my situation is not unique. Through no fault of their own, countless students face similar situations. Understanding how difficult it is for students to find and apply for funding opportunities, I wanted to help solve this problem by launching my own company. 

With generous support, I launched my company in 2017 to return the favor. Kaleidoscope, our Minneapolis-based company, offers a platform where students can identify and apply for scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities.

 

Kaleidoscope’s mission is to eliminate the financial barriers to advancement by mobilizing philanthropic dollars

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Paving the path toward brighter futures

Organizations with award programs are searching for the right applicants, and applicants are searching for the right award programs. Kaleidoscope helps connect these two parties, giving applicants the resources they need to embark on their next chapter. 

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I’m excited to show up for work every day and be surrounded by an amazing and supportive team.

CeCe Lindsey, Customer Support Representative
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It’s beyond rewarding to work for an organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Tommy Olk, Implementation Specialist

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