Problem: Hybrid Paper/Online Scholarship Application Process
Collin College utilized an online scholarship application that was created internally. Students would complete application materials and submit them through the homebuilt system. Once all applications were submitted, they were printed, and reviewers gathered in a room for two days to score each application. After scoring, students were matched to scholarship awards through a manual process. Overall the process was too manual and time consuming to complete in a timely manner.
AcademicWorks Unifies the Process
Collin College selected AcademicWorks in 2013 after reviewing several other competing solutions. Its ease of use and integration with Banner by Ellucian® were the top reasons why Collin College made their selection.
Kim Davis, Coordinator of Special Projects at the college said, “Our implementation only took about 6-8 weeks, which was less time than we anticipated.” Davis adds, “We would really encourage new clients to leave sufficient time prior to their first scholarship cycle to review all of the training materials, videos, and webinars offered by AcademicWorks, as they are extremely helpful.”
Better Applicant and Reviewer Experience
Student applicants have been pleased with the AcademicWorks solution. They enjoy searching all of the available scholarships and using the online process to apply. “Our most recent cycle went very smoothly,” said Davis. “We have tripled the number of applications we are receiving.”
Scholarship reviewers are also pleased with the new process. “Our reviewers love the flexibility of being able to conduct reviews either on or off campus at times that are most convenient for them,” said Davis. “I actually receive emails from reviewers referring colleagues since they had such a positive experience with the system.”
Simplify Scholarship Management
AcademicWorks improved the way Collin College manages their scholarships. Please contact us to see how we can assist your campus.