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Five Tips to Moving Review Committees Online

February 03, 2015

Organizations moving to an online scholarship application process may encounter unexpected resistance when asking scholarship committee members to review applications online. Reviews may be uncomfortable changing from their long established and well-understood paper process or they may claim they are not “tech-savvy” enough for an online process. Below are a few...

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Limiting the Use of Attached Documents in Scholarship Applications

February 03, 2015

Campuses often require applicants to upload a variety of documents as part of the scholarship application process, including essay responses, resumes, or letters of recommendation. AcademicWorks users have streamlined their application and review processes by reducing the number of documents that students upload. Instead, they are asking students to copy and...

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Three Reasons for Scholarship Fund Utilization Problems

February 03, 2015

Campuses often struggle to fully utilize all of their available scholarship funds, especially those with restrictive criteria. Under-utilization can lead to stewardship issues when donors learn that their scholarship gift has gone unused, sometimes for years at a time.

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Three Ways to an Efficient Scholarship Review Process

February 03, 2015

When moving to an online scholarship application process, institutions and foundations often find they have a significant increase (often 50%-200%) in the number of applications they are receiving. It is important to put scalable processes in place to ensure your reviewers do not become overwhelmed with the number of applications. There are a number of ways...

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Three Steps to Using Technology to Find the Perfect Match

December 08, 2014

Matching the right student to the right scholarship is an art more than a science. Scholarship administrators must consider a wide array of variables when awarding scholarships in order to create the best awarding decision in terms of student benefit, compliance, stewardship, and fund utilization. Some of these variables include: fund minimum qualifications, the...

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Assigning Donor Funds Faster

December 08, 2014

Awarding endowed scholarships during the admissions process can be extremely difficult due to the number of funds involved and the uncertainty as to whether a student will actually enroll. Private campuses often use “assignment or fund swapping” as a way to maximize the use of endowed scholarships.

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