Irving Fradkin, 91
On a crusade since: 1958
Day job: Retired optometrist, president emeritus of Scholarship America
Achievement: Founded grass-roots education-funding organization
Why he's a hero: Disturbed that so many of his teenage patients told him they couldn't afford college, Fradkin decided the problem could be solved if everyone in Fall River, his Massachusetts city, put a dollar into a tuition fund. The idea took off, and in 1961 it went national. Over five decades, Scholarship America has awarded more than $2.7 billion through 1,042 chapters in 38 states.
Quote: "People give because the money stays in the community. It changes the community."
Meet five people who were chosen as Money Heroes because they believe in financial education for everyone -- from kids to retirees -- and help make it happen.
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