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.

Local Affiliate Gatherings
Local affiliate gatherings will include personalized and customized programs developed locally by affiliate leaders and Scholarship America staff. These day or evening gatherings are free of charge, with more than double the number of previous regional conferences, and will begin in fall 2015. Click here for a schedule and online registration links.

Training Webinars
This series of 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, and will be available in the ChapterNet Affiliate Resource Center. Watch for details in coming issues of inTouch!

Session 1
Built to Last: Succession Planning, Volunteer Recruitment and Engaging Volunteers
Target Release Date: November 25, 2015
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
Engaging the Next Generation of Volunteers
Target Release Date: December 4, 2015
Engaging the Next Generation of Volunteers will discuss the "why" and "how" of including younger volunteers in affiliate activities. We will share approaches for different generation groups and the importance of succession planning.

Session 3
Fundraising for Success
Target Release Date: December 11, 2015
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 4
Increasing Impact through Renewable Awards
Target Release Date: January 22, 2016
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, including best practices in establishing and managing renewable scholarships.

Session 5
Serving Students of Greatest Need
Target Release Date: March 4, 2016
This session will expand on Scholarship America's strategic goal of increasing impact through awards targeted to low-to-moderate income students. We will discuss the different ways affiliates can measure need for their scholarships, including best practices in establishing and managing need-based scholarships.

ChapterNet Webinars
This series of 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. Watch for date, time and other announcements in coming issues of inTouch!

Session 1
Setting Up a Scholarship in ChapterNet
Target Release Date: November 25, 2015
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 ChapterNet
Target Release Date: December 4, 2015
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
Target Release Date: January 8, 2016
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
Target Release Date: January 22, 2016
Scholarship America staff will describe the process for setting up and awarding renewable scholarships in ChapterNet each year.

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