Dollars for Scholars Affiliate Gatherings and Trainings

Scholarship America is pleased to announce the 2015-16 affiliate training series, Partnering for Student Success!

Continuing the momentum created in recent years through in-person regional conferences, the 2015-16 training program will reach more affiliates and deepen relationships locally through local affiliate gatherings, on-demand virtual trainings and ChapterNet webinars. Scholarship America is excited to partner with affiliates to bring even more tools to communities, enabling greater success locally and nationally for students.

Registration and event details will be available later this season.


Local affiliate gatherings will include personalized programs developed locally by affiliate leaders and Scholarship America staff. These day or evening gatherings are free of charge, will more than double the number of previous regional conferences, and will begin in fall 2015. Check back soon for more details!

Note: North Dakota affiliates will attend a statewide conference, similar to previous years, with more information to follow.


Training webinars will build upon previous trainings in the areas of good governance, volunteer management, fundraising, growing impact through renewable awards and serving students of greatest need. These virtual trainings will be made available to all affiliates throughout the 2015-16 season.

Session 1
Ensuring a Lasting Affiliate: Succession Planning, Volunteer Recruitment and Engaging Volunteers
In this session, participants will understand the need for appropriate succession planning and receive a “how-to” that will lead them through the process, turning volunteers into board leaders. The session will also cover volunteer trends with younger volunteers, and explain what motivates them to be engaged with your affiliate.

Session 2
Fundraising for Success
An essential task of all Dollars for Scholars affiliates is fundraising. This session will review various fundraising avenues, such as events, annual fund drives, online giving and planned giving. Scholarship America staff will share best practices and success stories from our own affiliates.

Session 3
Growing Impact with Renewable Awards
This session will expand on increasing impact through the implementation of renewable scholarships. Scholarship America staff will discuss current strategies used by affiliates to move their programs to supporting more renewable awards. Best practices in establishing and managing renewable scholarships will be shared by current Dollars for Scholars Matching Grant Program recipients.

Session 4
Serving Students of Greatest Need
This session will expand on the Scholarship America strategic goal of increasing impact through number of awards targeted to low-to-moderate income students. We will discuss current strategies used by local affiliates to move their programs to support more need-based scholarships. Best practices in establishing and managing need-based scholarships will be shared by current affiliates.


ChapterNet webinars will address four of the most important concepts that require additional coaching in ChapterNet. These webinars will expand beyond what is currently available in ChapterNet’s Affiliate Resource Center.

Session 1
Setting up a Scholarship
This session will explain how to set up scholarships in ChapterNet, and will include an overview of different customizations available in ChapterNet.

Session 2
Understanding How Matching Happens
In this session, Scholarship America staff will cover the required matching process involved in ChapterNet. This includes chapter profile, scholarship profiles and student profiles. Along with discussion on the matching process, we will set a “test” to verify your choices and troubleshoot the matching process.

Session 3
How a Student Becomes an Applicant
This session will describe the process of a student starting a profile, completing it, and searching, matching and submitting an application. We will discuss scenarios of why certain steps may not happen, and how to test, research and fix problems.

Session 4
Setting up Renewable Scholarships in ChapterNet
Scholarship America staff will describe the process for setting up and awarding renewable scholarships in ChapterNet each year.

The Dream Award

Dream Award Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These 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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