Title: How Foundations Can Take Leadership Roles in Their Region with Strategic, Needs-Based College Access and Scholarship Initiatives
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12pm-1pm MT (Members Only)
Presenters: Colette Hadley, Director of Consulting, National College Access Network (NCAN)
Description: The easiest and most effective way for foundations to demonstrate measurable impact in their community and to attract new donor dollars is to transform their scholarship programs as a part of a strategic postsecondary attainment initiative.
Currently, most community foundations don't yet strategically channel their scholarship dollars towards low-income students who otherwise wouldn't complete postsecondary education. The majority of scholarships awarded from U.S. community foundations and private funders are merit-based - in effect serving as a well-deserved reward for students who have excelled in high school, regardless of whether they have significant financial need. Compounding the problem, in almost every case scholarships are small dollar amounts, non-renewable, and lack support services that many students need to stay on track to graduation.
How can we change this? What approaches might work with donors?
Title: NSPA Promotional Webinar: Streamlining Scholarship Management With AcademicWorks
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12pm-1pm MT (Members Only)
Presenter: Brandon Phipps, CEO of AcademicWorks
Description: During this session, we'll explore how the AcademicWorks Scholarship Management Platform can revolutionize your entire scholarship process to improve student access to scholarships, enhance donor engagement, and maximize fund utilization.
Over 525 foundations, colleges, and universities trust AcademicWorks to help them automate their scholarship process and solve their complex challenges. Working with a variety of institutions has allowed AcademicWorks to develop a deep understanding of how to work with organizations to establish best practices when building and growing their scholarship programs.