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Awarding Scholarships in a Pandemic: Promising Practices for Resilience

For your convenience, you can download the webinar slides here.

We’ve all had to practice extraordinary adaptability this past year, both in our personal lives as well as in our work as scholarship providers. This webinar showcases how three scholarship providers made meaningful strides in creating more flexible, responsive, resilient programs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their efforts inspire you to consider how your organization might better understand and meet students’ needs, both during times of crisis and times of calm.

Our expert panelists offer:

  • A deep dive into students’ needs, and what those needs look like now, compared to before the pandemic
  • Examples of how to adjust administrative and technological tactics to more quickly respond to students’ changing circumstances
  • Ideas on how to collaborate with organizational leadership and donors to allow for increased flexibility in program management and awarding, especially during times of change


Shana Pryor | Scholarships Manager, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Shana currently serves as the Scholarships Manager at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Shana joined TMCF in November 2020; prior to that, she worked in higher education in a variety of roles, include in financial aid and as an instructional adjunct.

Julia Da Silva | Former Scholarships Officer, Triangle Community Foundation
Julia managed specialized grant programs, scholarship funds, and designated funds. She developed relationships with our donors, students, and nonprofits, providing technical assistance as well as strategic guidance.

Sarah Battersby | Senior Scholarships and Education Officer, Triangle Community Foundation
Sarah currently serves the Foundation as Senior Scholarships & Education Officer, managing the Foundation’s scholarship program as well as its Youth Literacy focus area and Send a Kid to Camp program, focused on summer learning loss. Sarah joined the Foundation in January 2015 as Scholarships & Donor Services Officer; prior to coming to Triangle Community Foundation, Sarah worked in higher education in a variety of roles, including career counseling, admissions, financial aid, and student affairs.

About the Author

Erika Orsulak, MPA, is a consultant and advisor to scholarship providers. Using expertise in organizational leadership, program management, development, marketing, and communications, she guides clients on strategy, program administration, technology, and stakeholder engagement. Erika has worked in the scholarship industry for ten years and in philanthropy for the entirety of her 20-year career.

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