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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. As these events are planned, affiliate gathering hosts in your local area will be in touch with more details.
North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Conference
Scholarship America and North Dakota Dollars for Scholars are hosting a statewide conference on October 3 in Bismarck, courtesy of the Bank of North Dakota. As in previous years, this event is free of charge, and will kick off with an informal evening gathering on Friday, October 2. North Dakota volunteers, click here to register for the conference.
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. Watch for date, time and other announcements in coming issues of inTouch!
Built to Last: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Setting up Renewable Scholarships in ChapterNet
Scholarship America staff will describe the process for setting up and awarding renewable scholarships in ChapterNet each year.
2014 Annual Report
In 2014, more than 125,000 students received over $236 million in scholarship support and assistance from Scholarship America – a record-breaking year for the nation's largest provider of private scholarships.
Visit our 2014 annual report to learn more about our successes, our students and our future.
The 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.
Success By Degrees
Scholarship America's blog, Success By Degrees, covers items of interest to parents, volunteers, educators and anyone interested in the big issues surrounding education, financial aid and postsecondary success. You'll find policy announcements, news releases and more, every week!