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Coffee Talk: Learn from the past and look to the future

Scholarships run annually for most scholarship providers. The new year means getting your calendar in order to ensure success. Though some of you may have already opened your applications, there are lessons to be gathered, reminders to be made, and new ideas to talk through. This coffee talk is a brain storming session from your peers. We learned this year that we can’t plan for everything, but we will all feel a bit better with a few preparations in place. 

Confession Time:

  • What activities have fallen off your radar in the past?
  • What activities/tasks seems to always be a struggle?
  • What is a kink in your system that you feel like you’ve worked out?
  • Are there any new activities/tasks that you’re trying out next year?

To continue the conversation from the session, check out this discussion on Compass - A Foundant Community.

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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