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Merit Based Scholarship Selection – Recruiting and Selecting Diverse and High Character Students
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When: Thursday, December 12, 2019
11AM - 12PM (MT)
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker

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Merit Based Scholarship Selection – Recruiting and Selecting Diverse and High Character Students


After the college admissions scandals of 2019, character as a selection criteria has become even more important for all providers. Additionally, it's critically important to ensure your recruiting and selecting practices are leading to a scholar population that is representative of the larger populations you hope to serve.

Four merit-based providers will dive into their scholarship selection processes, showcasing how they search for the top students, from all backgrounds, who demonstrate high moral character.

The panel will tackle the following questions:

  • How do we define merit in order to evaluate students’ accomplishments in context (resources available, stability of environment, parents education level, etc.) and personal characteristics (integrity and concern for others)? We will discuss how your definition of merit will allow reviewers to evaluate these criteria as part of selection and how it will impact your program's diversity.
  • How, as a primarily merit-based provider, do you ensure you scholar population is representative of the larger population you serve? This will include discussions of both recruitment and selection strategies.
  • When selecting your scholars, how do you build in character as a selection criteria and what tactics do you use to evaluate this criteria?


Tiffany Anderson
Director of Programs
Boettcher Foundation


Julie DeVoe
Director of Scholar Advising
Morehead-Cain Foundation
Anne Lassen
VP, Scholarship and Education Initiatives
Flinn Foundation Scholarship Program

Yvonne Moody
President & Executive Director
The Terry Foundation


Justine Okerson
Director of Scholar Selection
Morehead-Cain Foundation

Presenter Bios
Tiffany Anderson oversees the Boettcher Foundation’s portfolio of programs and grants including the Boettcher Scholarship, Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards and other grants. She also serves as the foundation’s primary contact for scholarship relations. Before joining the foundation team, Tiffany developed and directed the Leeds Scholars Program at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Prior to that, she served as the program director and senior program manager of the Presidents Leadership Class at CU Boulder for 10 years.

Tiffany is originally from a farm in Idalia—a small town on the eastern Colorado plains. For perspective, there were only 10 people in Tiffany’s high school graduating class. From there, she attended the University of Colorado Boulder.

Tiffany is an advocate for K-12 education and has also been active in numerous educational task forces in our state. She and her husband, Jason, live in Broomfield with their three energetic children, Hunter, Adelynn and Sophia. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys participating in service activities with her family, watching her son’s band and her daughters’ soccer games, or exploring some of Colorado’s local breweries.

Anne Lassen has overseen the Flinn Scholars Program since May 2015. She is responsible for leading the scholarship application and selection process, current and alumni Scholar relations, and all related program activities in the Scholars Program.

Before coming to Flinn, Anne spent nearly ten years working in undergraduate recruitment for the University of Arizona, most recently serving as Associate Director of National Recruitment. In that position, she managed UA’s out-of-state undergraduate recruitment efforts, as well as those in central and northern Arizona. Anne holds a master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in speech communication, both from Northern Arizona University.

Yvonne R. Moody serves as the President and Executive Director of the Terry Foundation, the largest source of private scholarship funds in Texas. Currently supporting 1,200 Terry Scholars at 13 public universities in Texas, the Terry Foundation has awarded more than 5,600 scholarships since 1987. The foundation’s mission is to develop future leaders of Texas through access to education.

As a former Terry Scholar from the inaugural class, Yvonne is passionate about maintaining the legacy of founders Howard and Nancy Terry and providing access to education for the most deserving students in Texas who need financial assistance to obtain a university education. Terry Scholars are given a private interview and chosen based on the criteria of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership potential and financial need. Scholars are provided with a supportive campus community and a network of Terry Scholar alumni to help them reach their greatest potential.

Justine Okerson is the Director of Scholar Selection at the Morehead-Cain Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her role at Morehead- Cain, Justine directs and plans the annual selection process from recruitment, to reading, to on-campus yield programming for Morehead-Cain Scholars.

Previously, Justine worked as Associate Director for Merit Scholarship Programs at Duke University, overseeing 10 merit programs, and as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission at William & Mary. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and attended Lausanne Collegiate School from Kindergarten through Graduation- Go Lynx!

Justine earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from William & Mary, where she completed her dissertation on college choice and the campus visit. Justine also received her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from William & Mary and her Bachelor's Degree in English & American Studies at the University of Virginia.

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