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Tipsheet: 10 Tips for Revolutionising Scholarship Reviews

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0207 601 7100 | solutions@blackbaud.co.uk | www.hub.blackbaud.co.uk/scholarships March 2018 1 Ten Tips for Revolutionising Scholarship Reviewing Scholarship reviewing can take up a lot of time mainly because there are so many people involved. Completing the review process can also be a challenge because this is not always the top priority for reviewers, no matter how important it is to you. The only thing that is harder than ensuring reviews are completed on time, is trying to suggest changes to existing processes. While not always easy, we have worked with hundreds of scholarship professionals who were eventually able to implement changes that improved the experience for the reviewers, the scholarship managers, applicants, and even the scholarship donors. Let's check out their top tips for an easy review season: 1. Understand The Process of Each Committee Each scholarship review committee tends to have a unique process. They have specific scoring rubrics, meetings, and communication methods. It is important that as a scholarship professional that you understand the process for each review group and why they do the things they do. Having an understanding of the process will make it much easier for you to offer suggestions or improvements down the line. While this can be difficult to keep track of, technology can play a big role in helping you organise and understand the review process for each committee and the status of a given group at any point in time. 54% 54% of scholarship professionals say that improving the application review process is their top priority in 2018.

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