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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. During this coffee talk, we hear about how your peers are engaging with their Foundation’s narrative. More than ever, our collective knowledge and hard-won experiences can enhance this corner of the philanthropic sector and support the students in all of our lives.

This discussion is around the following questions:

  • What was the result of last year?
  • What did you learn?
  • What continues to be a struggle?
  • How are you planning to move forward next year?

To continue the conversation from the session, check out the following discussions on Compass - Foundant's Community.

>>> Assessing Financial Need During a Pandemic

>>> Emergency Scholarship Funds

>>> Scholarship Providers Regional Collaborative


About the Author

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.

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