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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.

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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