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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?

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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