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Colleges & Universities Learning Circle: Choosing the Best Scholarship Application Software
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When: Monday, August 12, 2019
12PM - 1:00PM (MT)
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker

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Colleges & Universities Learning Circle
Choosing the Best Scholarship Application Software for Your School


Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing a new application software for your scholarship program? Panelists from three institutions will share their software selection process including identifying specific needs, vetting the initial multiple vendor submissions, and evaluating the vendor finalists, including student feedback, for the final software choice. They will also provide specific examples of the initial RFP submission requests, various survey tools used to evaluate vendors, including a brief discussion about helpful hints for overall vendor comparison. Join us to learn how to evaluate and choose a scholarship application software that provides an enterprise-wide solution! Attendees will have an opportunity to share and ask questions at the end.



Johnna Hargens-Brown
Director, Scholarships & Grants
Bellevue University


Brenda Holcombe
Director of University Scholarships
Western Carolina University

  Beth Knight
Director of Student Scholarships
Indiana University Purdue University


Panelist Bios

Johnna Hargens-Brown is the Director for Scholarships & Grants at Bellevue University, in Bellevue, Nebraska. She is responsible for managing & developing strategies, processes, & procedures to effectively administer all institutionally related scholarships & grants for the University. As a stand-alone department, her team collaborates with the Financial Aid Department, Student Financial Services, Student Finance, Business Office, Enrollment, Advising, Athletics, Advancement, & the colleges to ensure a smooth centralized process for current & prospective students to apply for scholarships. Johnna joined the University 12 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln & a Master of Science from Bellevue University.

Brenda Holcombe began her career in higher education at the University of West Georgia in 1994 as a member of the Residence Life staff, and then, two years later, she joined the admission staff at her alma mater – Western Carolina University. Over the past two decades, Brenda has held positions in undergraduate admissions and financial aid, including serving as WCU’s first director of university scholarships for the past seven years. When she isn’t working, she and her husband can be found trail running, mountain biking, or paddling. They also spend their time being entertained by their rescue beagle, Brownie. Brenda earned her B.S. in Recreational Therapy at WCU and her M.S. in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University.

As the Director of the Office of Student Scholarships, Beth Knight oversees the coordination and administration of over $20M in institutional and external scholarships at IUPUI. The Office of Student Scholarships (OSS) serves the undergraduate student population of IUPUI where their aim is to recruit, award and retain high ability Indiana resident, out of state, and international students to the campus through Admission-based, Competitive and External Scholarship opportunities. They also promote and support scholarship opportunities available through IUPUI schools. The OSS strives to be a primary resource to assist incoming freshmen, returning, non-traditional, transfer and current undergraduates in seeking scholarship information.

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$35 for non-members*
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