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Scholarship Provider Coffee Talk: Universal Application and Communication

As scholarship providers, we balance the needs/wants of many different groups. Donors want one thing, students need another, and we as administrators have our own preferences. Common/Universal Applications are a big topic in simplification, as are automated check-ins. In this on-demand scholarship provider Coffee talk we walk through what we have heard, what we have experienced, and what we see as the pros and cons.

Scholarship providers also answer the following questions:

  • What do you need to know or want to share about Common/Universal Applications?
  • What are some creative ways you connect with donors after award selection?
  • How do you continue to get information from students after award selection?

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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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