Alyse Braaten

Alyse has been working in the field of college access and scholarships for over 10 years with a focus on students residing in California’s Central Valley. She believes in the power of scholarships to uplift students, families, and communities. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, she has deep roots and strong connections to the nonprofit sector. Before joining Foundant, Alyse spent three years with the Kern Community Foundation as they transitioned from limited paper-based scholarships to extensive online scholarship portfolio through Foundant. This exceptional experience allowed Alyse to work directly with students and school staff prior to application, build relationships with donors and community volunteers during selection and follow-up, and support awarded students throughout their college career; maintaining awareness of the entire path of success.

  • Coffee Talk: Continuing COVID-19 Concerns in Scholarship Management57:09

    Coffee Talk: Continuing COVID-19 Concerns in Scholarship Management

    When schools shut down in March and everyone had to quickly pivot their scholarship processes, we never could have guessed the 2020 school year would start with just as much uncertainty.

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  • Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Program Assessment54:51

    Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Program Assessment

    We all want next year’s scholarship season to go more smoothly than the last. Despite the strange interruptions during this last year, we have an opportunity to learn a lot.

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  • Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Post-Award Communication… or Lack Of55:42

    Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Post-Award Communication… or Lack Of

    Keeping open lines of communication with your awardees can be difficult - and the award is just the beginning! If after your efforts, students are still lacking documentation, what happens next?

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  • Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Payments, Parents, and Letters of Recommendation - Oh My!1:03:03

    Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Payments, Parents, and Letters of Recommendation - Oh My!

    Scholarship programs are different, but still have many of the same components. During this coffee talk, we focus on some of the management pieces that affect all scholarship providers.

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  • Examining Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

    Examining Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

    Is the tradition of letters of recommendation a relevant aspect of selecting quality students for your modern scholarship programs?

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  • Strategic, Need-Based Scholarships: What are they and why do they matter?

    Strategic, Need-Based Scholarships: What are they and why do they matter?

    When most Community Foundations are managing memorial scholarships that are time-intensive and minimally effective, how do you start to provide scholarships that foster positive change?

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  • Planning for a Universal Application Move

    Planning for a Universal Application Move

    Any successful move requires three main elements: Take Stock, Make Plans and Communicate, and Get Others Involved.

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  • Rethinking Your Scholarships59:29

    Rethinking Your Scholarships

    Learn about the changes one foundation has made based off of student, fund holder, and committee member feedback, what’s to come for the foundation, and how to start rethinking your scholarships!

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  • Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Universal Application and Communication58:53

    Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Universal Application and Communication

    As scholarship providers you balance the needs of many different groups. In this Coffee talk we walk through what we have heard, what we have experienced, and how Universal Apps can help everyone.

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  • How Universal Application Helps Create Super Scholarship Programs

    How Universal Application Helps Create Super Scholarship Programs

    Managing high volumes of scholarships can be a major undertaking. Applying for them can be just as stressful. Using a Universal Application for your scholarship funds can help simplify this process.

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  • Be a Hero in Student Stories

    Be a Hero in Student Stories

    Like ripples in a pond, our impact goes far beyond our original intention. We are heroes in our students' stories.

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  • Scholarship Planning: What worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

    Scholarship Planning: What worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

    Action is where the change happens. A well thought out action is what makes the next cycle smoother. Consider the following solutions to alleviate pain points...

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  • The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    In this article we are going to talk a bit about why students struggle with the essay, how we can use instructions to elicit more thoughtful responses, and how the stories told in student essays. . .

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