Breakouts and Workshops - Monday
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Breakouts and Workshops Sessions - Monday

1.1 - Exploring Success, Failure, and Resilience
Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: How do our students make sense of their successes and of their failures? What does it mean to be resilient? Can resilience be learned/taught? This session explores the topics of success, failure, and resilience in the lives of our students and in our own lives. The session will provide opportunities for small-group discussion. No recording is allowed during this presentation.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. broaden/deepen their understanding of success, failure, and resilience, 2. reflect on the role of resilience in the lives of college/university scholarship students, and 3. explore how resilience is relevant to their work in the awarding of scholarships.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Small Groups - audience participation focusing on a central theme or topic. Presenter plays a role of a facilitator.

Presenter(s):
Adina Glickman, Stanford University
Abigail Lipson, Harvard University

1.2- Private Foundations Learning Circle
Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am
Sponsored by: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Description: Connections and collaborations can positively impact our organizations, the field, and our scholars.  Join colleagues from private foundations for a lively exchange of ideas designed to explore how scholarship providers make a difference at multiple levels. The session format will consist of facilitated small and large group discussions.

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Tiffany Anderson, Boettcher Foundation
Diane SchorrThe Suder Foundation

1.3 - Public Charities Learning Circle
Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am
Sponsored by: Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion
Description: Measuring Success. - What criteria do you use for metrics for your scholarship program? How do you measure impact? 

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Facilitator(s):
Maryann Slater, Elks National Foundation
Ashley BrownElks National Foundation

1.4 - Colleges and Universities Learning Circle
Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: Small group break-out discussions focused on scholarship processing best practices for specific types of institutions.

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Takeaways:  Participants will learn effective practices from similar programs in colleges and universities.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Anne Hardy, Northern Illinois University

1.5 - Community Foundations Learning Circle

Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am
Sponsored by: Horatio Alger Association
Description: The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Patricia Macdonald, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Sylvia SpiveyThe Philadelphia Foundation

1.6 - Canadian Providers Learning Circle
Monday, 10.10.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: Please join other Canadian providers to key issues north of the border. How are demographic trends affecting you? Will provincial tuition programs affect you? Are the relative positions of colleges and universities changing?  Bring any issues you would like to add to the conversation. 

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Jane ThompsonTD Scholarships for Community Leadership

2.1 - Scholarship Practices from Basic to Best
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm
Sponsored by Independent Colleges of Indiana
Description: Are you achieving excellence in your scholarship program? Are you curious what other providers are doing? This three-part session consists of 1. a back-to-basics approach on scholarship program design using the NSPA toolkit as a resource, 2. an introduction to good or best practices based on what you are trying to accomplish, and 3. an open discussion and Q&A for scholarship providers to help each other. Participants will explore pressing issues, gain clarity on possible best practices, and discover strategies to enhance their success.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. receive an introduction to good or best practices, 2. explore hot topics, and 3. learn from other scholarship providers.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation. and Group Discussion

Presenter(s):
Kim Stezala, Stezala Consulting, LLC

2.2 - Creating a Comprehensive Persistence Strategy for Student Success
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: As a scholarship provider offering more than just money, we have researched some of the key reasons why our students drop out of college and are developing strategies for persistence, college completion and beyond. Come learn about our research and share ideas for formulating your own retention strategy.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. gain an understanding student risk indicators, 2. learn elements for developing a persistence strategy, and 3. share best practices.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Denise Callahan, The Ford Family Foundation
Jeff Strickland, The Ford Family Foundation
Tricia Tate, The Ford Family Foundation
Bonnie Williams, The Ford Family Foundation

2.3 - S.H.I.F.T. Scholars Heading into the Future Together: Developing an Engaging and Meaningful Orientation Program
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: You have selected your new class of scholarship recipients… now what? The Daniels Fund hosts an orientation program every June for their newly selected class of Daniels Scholars. The orientation program is entitled Scholars Heading into the Future Together (SHIFT). The goals of SHIFT for the newly selected class include that they understand what it means to be a Daniels Scholar, they learn about the founder Bill Daniels and the Daniels Fund, they build friendships and a support network, they are prepared for success in college and beyond, and they leave feeling INSPIRED!

The Daniels Fund will share their philosophy and best practices for an engaging orientation program that imparts your goals by diving into their own SHIFT program in this session.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. learn the mechanics of hosting an orientation program, 2. develop an engaging program that inspires scholarship recipients, 3. learn College 101 tips to teach your scholars, and 4. learn how to impart the values of your organization to your scholars effectively.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Bill Fowler, Daniels Fund
Josh Hause, Daniels Fund
Laura Steffen, Daniels Fund

2.4 - A Deep Dive into a Promise Scholarship Program
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: Does the early promise of a scholarship improve high school performance, drive more students to attend college and complete a degree? That's the question The Degree Project seeks to answer. The first of its kind, The Degree Project is a randomized control trial of a promise scholarship conducted in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools. A single cohort of 2,588 Milwaukee Public Schools freshmen were given the promise in 2011 and these students have just completed their first year of college. This session will review what the researchers have learned to date and the implications these learnings may have on other scholarship programs.

Takeaways:  Attendees will take away lessons we learned as developing this promise scholarship. In addition, attendees will learn ideas to incorporate into their own scholarship programs, whether it is a promise scholarship or general scholarship.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Benjamin Dobner, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

2.5 - Getting to the Heart of It: Scholarship Programs and Practices for Adults
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: The word “scholarship” is often associated with young adults ages 18 – 22. However, there is an ever growing population of adult students attending two or four year colleges, trade schools and programs who are seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Creating meaningful supports, acknowledging significant life experiences and advocating for collegiate considerations while providing wrap-around services brings significant challenges and rewards. Through lively simulation, case studies, innovative practices, and shared experiences a multifaceted approach to supporting adult scholarship recipients will be experienced rather than simply presented. Join us for this lively session as we consider both the uniqueness and similarities of adult scholarship providers and their scholars.

Takeaways:  This session will be an interactive simulation which gives the attendees the experience of being an adult learner. Participants will 1. gain a greater knowledge of the adult learner and the unique challenges he or she faces, 2. obtain a listing of wrap-around services currently provided to scholarship recipients, and 3. develop a list of questions crafted for use with the adult learner in mind.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - This will be more like a game - show format with questions, prizes, group and individual interaction and more!

Presenter(s):
Brenda Moran, STARS Scholarship Program, Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation
LaTrena Stokes, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
Karen Sterk, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

2.6 - Building Native Scholars: A Virtual Toolkit for Student Success
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: To combat the low percentage of degree-holding American Indians nationwide, just 13% percent, the American Indian College Fund is creating a virtual platform to enhance holistic student success. This toolkit is designed to increase retention by complimenting the resources already available through student success initiatives at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). This toolkit offers relevant information to Native scholars from high school through graduate school and includes topics such as time management, transition, and financial literacy. The breakout session will explore the development behind Native Scholars 101 and promote collaboration through sharing best practices and lessons learned throughout this process in order that participants may better promote success to Native scholars.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. explore new methods to disseminate student success resources for Native students, 2. promote collaboration between Tribal colleges, community members, and other stakeholders, and 3. share best practices of virtual resources to support student success.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation., Given that this is a new initiative of our Student Success Services team, the presentation will be very interactive and participatory; we will come with our

Presenter(s):
Stevie Lee, American Indian College Fund
Rachel Piontak, American Indian College Fund

2.7 - Choosing the Best Scholarship Application Software for Your University
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: This session will detail the specific RFP process that one public university went through to evaluate and choose a scholarship application software that provides an enterprise-wide solution. It will share the process from identifying the specific needs of the university, to vetting the initial multiple vendor submissions, to evaluating the vendor finalists, including student feedback, for the final software choice. It will also provide specific examples of the initial RFP submission request, various survey tools used to evaluate the vendors though out the process, including a brief discussion about helpful hints for overall vendor comparison.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. gain a better understanding of the overall RFP process, 2. obtain tools for helping during the evaluation process, and 3. Learn helpful hints from lessons learned.

Track: Scholarship Programs at Colleges and Universities

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Beth Barnette Knight, IUPUI

2.8 - Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Staff and Community Engagement
Monday, 10.10.16 - 11:15am-12:30pm

Description: Appreciative Inquiry is a revolutionary approach to human and organizational change that dramatically improves performance by studying, discussing, learning from and building on what works (rather than fixing what doesn’t). Its purposefully positive approach has stimulated learning and fostered innovation, hope and commitment in non-profits, communities and businesses around the world. 

Join internationally recognized consultant, author, and trainer Amanda Trosten-Bloom for a foundational experience of Appreciative Inquiry’s philosophy and practice, interspersed with success stories from a variety of settings. Form new and positive connections with other providers, and envision new ways of promoting college success for all students through the power of scholarships.

Takeaways:  Participants will: 1. gain foundational understanding of Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to promoting college success through scholarships; 2. experience an “appreciative interview,” which is one of the core practices of Appreciative Inquiry; and 3. hear stories illustrating how Appreciative Inquiry builds engagement, enhances productivity and fosters innovative solutions to thorny challenges.

Track: Professional Development

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture and small groups

Presenter(s):
Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change and Corporation for Positive Change

3.1 - Access is Not Enough…Balancing the Equation for Student Success through Effective Postsecondary Partnerships
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: This workshop will take an in depth look at the how and why behind the creation of effective postsecondary partnerships as a way to aid in student success. Facilitators will explore the rationale behind the creation of a network; lessons learned in implementation; gains of a partnership; as well as key components of the formal agreements.

Takeaways:  Participants will receive 1. Strategies and best practices for creating and maintaining effective partnerships with postsecondary institutions; 2. A greater knowledge and understanding of the postsecondary network concept and how that concept can be replicated in other organizations/institutions; and 3. A road map from creation, negotiation, to implementation of a postsecondary network/effective postsecondary partnership. Facilitators will share actual templates of formal agreements with audience members that can be incorporated with various organizations.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Cynthia Fails, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Ashley Rudd, Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
Eric Wilkinson, Kauffman Scholars, Inc.

3.2 - Legal Fundamentals for Scholarship Providers
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: Are you new (or relatively new) to the world of scholarships? If so, you may still be getting familiar with the legal and tax requirements that apply to you as a scholarship provider. For instance, what are the limits around donor participation in the selection process? If you’re raising funds from the public, are you required to register for charitable solicitations? Is the scholarship taxable to the recipient? Do you have to report the scholarship to the IRS? Must you have a scholarship plan? What about record-keeping? This “basics” session, geared toward the private scholarship provider, will tackle these important but often overlooked questions.

Takeaways:  Participants will receive 1. An overview of the legal framework within which private scholarship providers work, 2. Answers to basic but fundamental legal/tax questions that apply to their scholarship programs, and 3. A springboard for building a deeper understanding of the legal/tax parameters for building their scholarship programs.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Karen Leaffer, Leaffer Law Group

3.3 - Leatherstocking Tales: Partnering to Build College Success for Underserved Youth
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: Access to college for many students in the Leatherstocking region of central New York State was a locked door with seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed in their path. When scholarship money became available for graduating seniors, too many students never made it to that level. The Clark Foundation recognized the need to intervene early to prevent students from “dropping out.” Thus, the partnership between the scholarship provider and college readiness organization was created 25 years ago.

In 2016, 99% of grade 12 students in the program graduated from high school, and 86% of these graduates will be heading off to college. Learn how the Clark Scholarship Foundation and College for Every Student have created a national model for helping students get to college and attain degrees.

Takeaways:  Attendees will learn about best practices for partnering and cutting edge strategies for helping underserved students become college and career ready. Additionally, signed copies of Dalton’s recently published book, College For Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide to College and Career Readiness will be available.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Rick Dalton, College For Every Student
Gary Kuch, The Clark Foundation Scholarship Office

3.4 - Satisfactory Academic Progress for Private Scholarships
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for student financial aid. Federal regulations require universities to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor student progress toward completion of a degree program. Should your private scholarship organization do the same thing? Benefits for the student/organization, implementation/best practice, data and what we learned.

Takeaways:  Participants will get answers to the following questions: 1. What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)? 2. What are the federal guidelines/10,000 Degrees guidelines? 3. What grade-point average (or equivalent standard) you need to maintain? 3. How quickly students need to be moving toward graduation (for instance, how many credits students should have successfully completed by the end of each year)? 4. What happens when a student fails to meet SAP? What is the appeal process both for federal and for our private scholarships? Presenters will share data from our implementation and what we learned over the past several years.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Jin Choi, 10,000 Degrees
Yessenia Dominguez, 10,000 Degrees

3.5 - Reinventing Scholarships: Innovative Ideas for Pairing Scholarships with Savings to Better Serve Low-Income Students
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: This session will explore innovative ways to pair scholarships and savings to raise children’s college expectations at a young age, facilitate access to higher education, and support low-income students through college completion. Attendees will learn how Children’s Savings Accounts—long-term incentivized savings accounts for postsecondary education started as early as birth or kindergarten—can complement College Promise models by both fostering early aspirations for college and providing young adults with full tuition coverage. Presenters will also discuss the Earn to Learn program, which works with Arizona’s state universities to leverage scholarships funds to tap into federal funding through the Assets for Independence matched savings program and support low-income students through all four years of college.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. explore ideas for how they can use scholarship funds in new ways, such as combining them with Children’s Savings Accounts to reach children at an earlier age and build their college expectations, 2. learn about how to multiply the impact of scholarship funds through combining them with other sources of funds, such as the Assets for Independence federal matched savings program, and 3. consider ways that they might apply the innovative ideas presented during the session to their own programs to increase college access and completion by low-income scholarship recipients.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Dr. William Elliott III, University of Kansas, Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion
Kate Hoffman, Earn to Learn
Carl Rist, CFED

3.6 - Beyond the Scholarship: Preparing Community College and Community College Transfer Students for Long Term Success
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: With increased emphasis on career readiness and return on investment, scholarship providers need to think beyond financial aspects of awards. Please join us to learn about the unique needs of high achieving, low-income community college and transfer students and how your organization can best serve and support this population for success with college completion and beyond. Several scholarship providers will share best practices and how we are encouraging leadership development, academic excellence, and increased college completion rates within the community college and transfer population. Find out how you can best serve this student population and make a difference not just in their lives but in the lives of their families and communities for generations to come.

Takeaways:  Particpants will 1. gain an understanding of community college and transfer student populations, 2. learn why scholarships for this population are a great investment, 3. hear examples of available resources and support to encourage completion and lifetime success of community college and transfer scholarship recipients, and 4. Learn how to set students up for successful transfer to a four year college and beyond.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Heather Johnson, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Nancy Sanchez, Kaplan Educational Foundation
Beth Zielinski, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

3.7 - Advice and Tips for New Scholarship Professionals in Administering Scholarships from Seasoned Scholarship Professionals
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-3pm

Description: College scholarships have long played an important role in ensuring access to post-secondary education in the U.S. However, we are now as a nation increasingly recognizing the imperative of focusing on post-secondary persistence and completion as well. A panel of five seasoned scholarship administrators from diverse campuses will share their best practices, lessons learned, tips, and advice about administering scholarships on their campuses. This conversation session will provide an opportunity for new professionals to learn from seasoned scholarship professionals to identify the most effective way to administer scholarships on their campus or in their organization. The session will also provide advice for professionals at any point in their career.

Takeaways:  This session will 1. enable seasoned scholarship professionals to provide guidance to less-experienced scholarship professionals regarding scholarship administration, 2. allow new professionals to learn lessons and tips from veterans in the profession to implement on their campus, 3. create a learning environment of successes, failure, lessons learned, and comradery, and 4. provide mentoring opportunities between seasoned professionals and new professionals.

Track: Scholarship Programs at Colleges and Universities

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Garrick Hildebrand, University of Arkansas
Sharon Lusk, Hamilton Holt School
Johnna Martinez, Bellevue University
Lori Pence, Purdue University

Larry Sparkman, University of Southern Mississippi

3.8 - Appreciative Leadership: Strategies and Practices that Turn Potential to Power
Monday, 10.10.16 - 1:45pm-5:15pm (30 minutes break)

Description: A social transformation is taking place in organizations worldwide. Leadership practices are moving from authoritarian to collaborative, from fear-based to strengths-based, and from “talking at” to inquiry and dialogue. Appreciative Leadership and the power of positive change are at the vanguard of this transformation.

In this half-day workshop, internationally recognized consultant and author, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, describes Appreciative Leadership: a relational process that mobilizes creative potential and unleashes positive power. 

Takeaways:  Participants will explore five core strategies of Appreciative Leadership that will engage and inspire both staff and students, fostering collaboration, creativity, and commitment to our collective mission.  In addition, they will experience personal, one-to-one, and team practices that can turbo-charge our capacity to promote college success for all students through the power of scholarships.

Track: Professional Development

Format: Workshop - Lecture as well as individual and small group activities

Presenter(s):
Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change and Corporation for Positive Change

4.1 - Evaluation Framework for Scholarship Programs
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm

Description: Wondering how to evaluate programs or services? Unsure what evaluation entails? This session will present a basic framework for evaluation meant to serve as a springboard for further conversation within an organization. The presenter will discuss different types of assessment and evaluation, methodology options, evidence collection and analysis, budget considerations and more. Participants will gain a better understanding of evaluation options, with a glimpse at scholarship evaluation case studies, and a worksheet to begin evaluation planning.

Takeaways:  Participants will learn 1. options to consider in evaluation design, 2. evaluation terminology and definitions, and 3. quick case studies. In addition, an evaluation planning worksheet will be provided.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Kim Stezala, Stezala Consulting, LLC

4.2 - Instagoogletweetface? Social Media for Scholarship Engagement
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm

Description: This session will be presenting on the integration of various social media tools and platforms into an effective communication plan to create and tailor messaging to students. It will introduce how social media tools can boost student engagement for the retention of scholars. The presentation will then include a case study of social media platforms used as example of a university social media plan. The session will include an open forum of best practices and procedures of social media.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. receive an introduction to social media platforms and tools and 2. create a social media plan for key communication with a student audience.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Tereka Boone, Foundations of East Chicago
Erin Steinfort, IUPUI

4.4 - Results of the 2015 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm

Description: The session will discuss the results of the most recent NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study, with a focus on both the concept of tuition discounting -- expressed by the formulae NACUBO uses to calculate institutional and student tuition discount rates -- and trends in institutional and student discount rates over the past ten years.The session will conclude with data showing the effects of discount rates on schools' net tuition revenue, trends in funded institutional grants, and need-based versus non-need-based grants.

Takeaways:  Participants will take away both the concept of tuition discounting in the NACUBO survey and data on trends in tuition discounting.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Lesley McBain, Ph.D., NACUBO

4.5 - Snapp Your App
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm

Description: ScholarSnapp (www.scholarsnapp.org) helps students complete more scholarship and college applications in less time. Most applications ask for the same information that has to be entered over and over again. ScholarSnapp can autocomplete most fields on an application, and saves hours of time. As a provider, what are the benefits to you? It's free. Saves your applicants time. Helps applicants who do not receive your scholarship reuse their application data to apply for other scholarships.  Puts students in control of reusing their own data. This year, a centralized application website has been added to the ScholarSnapp functionality that allows students to manage their application data in a single place. Please join us to learn more about how ScholarSnapp works.  More than half a million students have opted in to ScholarSnapp…have you?

Takeaways:  Participants will learn about the new real-time data transfer of Scholar Snapp and that it is as easy as ever to adopt technically.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Mike Baur, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Kevin Byrne, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

4.7 - Support Beyond the Money: Partnerships with Universities to Create Learning Communities
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm

Description: The Buffett Foundation Scholarship Program funds over 4,000 students with financial need from the state of Nebraska.  Each year the Foundation awards approximately 1,200 scholarships to first-year students who plan to attend a public institution in Nebraska.  In 2008, the program entered an important partnership with the University of Nebraska System to create William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Communities at each of the three largest system schools:  University of Nebraska – Kearney, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and University of Nebraska – Omaha.  The Foundation supports students through scholarship funding, but also funds Learning Communities and the staffs who run them at each of the three campuses.
 
This session will paint a picture of the benefits student scholars see from participation in the community beyond the financial support.  Additionally, we will discuss the administrative structure of the partnerships, key components of the learning communities, communication strategies with university staff and students, and reporting expectations.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. gain insight into funding support services at system-wide institutions, 2. learn about key programmatic components of learning communities supporting low-income students, and 3. understand the importance of good communication and administrative organization and some tactics used, when there are multiple stakeholders involved.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics and Scholarship Programs at Colleges and Universities

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Kelli King, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Char Oehm, Susan T. Buffett Foundation
Kellie Pickett, Susan T. Buffett Foundation

4.8 - Merit Based Providers Best Practice Sharing and Networking
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm
Description: Come spend time networking with other merit-based providers and learn from what other organizations are doing well.  Share your best practices around recruitment, selection, programming, alumni development and much more.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Facilitated discussion

Presenter(s):
Tiffany Anderson, Boettcher Foundation
Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program
Jamie Williams, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

5.3 - Student Hunger, Housing Insecurity, and Unmet Financial Need: Overcoming Barriers to College Completion
Monday, 10.10.16 - 3:45pm-5pm
Description: In this session, participants will learn more about the scope of student hunger and housing insecurity and innovative practices colleges and community partners are engaging in to address these road blocks to persistence and completion. We will highlight original research in this area and provide examples of best practices in helping students access additional financial supports beyond traditional financial aid. Participants will also learn how institutional, local, state and federal policies can better support low-income students to overcome these barriers.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. gain a deeper understanding of the scope of student financial need, 2. receive an overview of best practices in helping students access additional financial supports to address hunger and other non-academic barriers to completion, and 3. obtain knowledge of potential state and federal policy changes that will help more students address hunger and other financial struggles.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

FormatBreakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Center for Law and Social Policy
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University

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