Dollars for Scholars 2013-14 Conference Agenda

To benefit all volunteers, the 2013-14 Affiliate Conferences will feature three learning tracks: Beginner ChapterNet Training (for chapters that haven't managed a scholarship cycle in ChapterNet); Experienced ChapterNet Training (for those who have managed a complete scholarship cycle in ChapterNet); and Affiliate Operations, including sessions on marketing, fundraising and volunteer recruiting. Below is the general agenda for the day; specific times and details may differ per region.

 

Friday:
Focus Groups and Social Events

We are convening a variety of Friday events before each conference, including early-evening focus groups for experienced ChapterNet users to discuss best practices and ideas. Check your conference's registration page for details!

 

Saturday:
8:00 - 9:00: Registration

 

9:00 - 9:15: Welcome
Scholarship America regional and national staff

 

9:15 - 9:45: Plenary Session
We look at how private scholarships and lower student debt are twin keys to success. The session will be presented by Lauren Segal, President & CEO, or by Max Espinoza, Senior Vice President of Education Programs and Policy.

 

10:00 - 10:45: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Beginning ChapterNet Training
This session, for affiliates who did not use ChapterNet to manage their complete scholarship program last year, is taught by Technical Support Specialist, Dave Bearth. Throughout the day, you'll go through the entire scholarship process from start to finish, with time to work on your own local scholarship setup. We recommend 2 or more participants from your group for this session.

Experienced ChapterNet Training
This session, for those affiliates who used ChapterNet to manage their entire program last year, is led by Affiliate Support Services Manager, Paul Germscheid. Through teaching and discussion, we'll provide solutions for common problems and outline improved functions for this upcoming year. We recommend 2 or more participants from your group for this session.

Affiliate Operations: 2014 Affiliation Q&A
Still wondering about the new affiliation requirements and how they fit for your chapter? This session, facilitated by Mary Wynne, VP of Dollars for Scholars, will answer your questions and help keep you on the right track.

 

11:00 - 11:45: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Beginning ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues.

Experienced ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues.

Affiliate Operations: Volunteer Recruitment
For all affiliates feeling that they need more and newer volunteers to help them accomplish their mission, this session will include a panel of local affiliates who have been successful adding newer, skills-based volunteers to their boards and their committees.

 

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch
The lunch program will feature announcements of new benefits, services and news from Scholarship America! We'll also conduct a facilitated discussion, based on ChapterNet user focus groups we are hosting on the Friday before the conference. (If you're an experienced user and want to join the focus group, you can indicate that on the registration form!)

 

1:15 - 2:00: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Beginning ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues.

Experienced ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues. The afternoon sessions will focus specifically on volunteer and donor management capabilities and next steps.

Affiliate Operations: Communications Strategies
All affiliates now have their own website and social media connections. How do you make the best use of these new tools to advance your mission? This session will include a panel of local affiliates who have been successful in this area, as well as useful take-home tips and advice.

 

2:15 - 3:00: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Beginning ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues.

Experienced ChapterNet Training
Hands-on training continues.

Affiliate Operations: Fundraising Strategies
The first link on your website is "Donate Now." The majority of donors ages 18-35 prefer to donate online. How can you best make use of this tool to have greater impact with your scholarships? This session will include a panel of local affiliates who have been successful in this area, as well as useful take-home tips and advice.

 

3:15 - 3:30 Wrap-Up:
Including door prizes!

 

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The Dream Award

Dream Award Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a new multi-year, performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These renewable, annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.

The Scholarship Coach

The Scholarship CoachScholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!

Focus On The Finish Line

Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.

 

Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.

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