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Criteria Development

Application Development & Process 

Application Development–  Scholar Snapp™

Online or Paper

Shifting to an Online Application 

Scholarship Application Documentation 

Utilizing the FAFSA and the SAR to Determine a Student’s “Need” 

Outreach and Marketing

Selection Process: Designing the Initial Selection Process 

Selection Process: Fair and Objective Selection Process

Selection Process: Selection Committees-Volunteer Management

Announcement Process

Award Displacement

Award Size and Scope

 Award Disbursement

IRS Information on Scholarships and Fellowships 

One-time or Renewable Scholarships 

Relationships with Colleges/Universities, High Schools, Families, or Providers 

Collaborating to Support Student Success 

Leveraging Scholarship Support

Maximizing College Relationships

Donor Recognition

Recognizing Scholarship Recipients

Student Outreach and Communications

Communications Timeline

Using Social Media to Stay in Touch

Social Media Strategies





Program Management 

This section, “Program Management,” is the largest part of the toolkit and is focused on the “how” of delivering effective scholarship programs. NSPA acknowledges the rich diversity of scholarship providers and their greatly varying missions. Our intent is to help programs engage in more effective philanthropy, share practices from the field, and ask critical questions of scholarship practitioners. While certain parts of the toolkit are definitive in nature and should serve as a guide, other parts are exploratory because providers are constantly adapting to the higher education environment. NSPA members should cross reference the articles and follow suggested links to help inform their decisions.


 TGThe Scholarship Program Toolkit is made possible by a TG Public Benefit Grant.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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