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

As scholarship providers, we manage many different types of scholarship programs. Our 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 us all: Payments, Parents, and Letters of Recommendation.

We will share our experiences and learn from each other as audience members answer the following questions:

  • Payments: Students or Institutions? One payment per year or at each term verification from student or university? Notify students when checks are sent?
  • Parents: Do you work with parents when administering their student's award? With or without student consent? Do you reach out to them or do they reach out to you?
  • Letters of Recommendation: How many? What do you ask for? Letter or scoring sheet? Blind or open?

This forum brings professionals from across the sector together to share experiences and best practices.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Alyse has deep roots and strong connections to the nonprofit sector. Having worked 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. Before joining Foundant, Alyse spent three years with the Kern Community Foundation managing their grant and scholarship giving, as well as nonprofit relationships. Alyse joined the Foundant team in 2017 as a Client Success Manager (trainer, consultant, and emergency support provider) for Grants and Scholarships. After training and advising hundreds of clients, she led the Community Foundation Grant/Scholarship Client Services Team. Her passion for community building, professional development, and real-world impact has helped form the service philosophy for Foundant’s Client Success team. Areas of expertise: scholarship and grant process best practices, team building, remote work, and demystifying complex systems to foster accessibility.

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