Northwestern Michigan College

Facts:

  • Traverse City, Michigan
  • Public Two Year - Bachelor Community College
  • Enrollment: 5,000
  • Number of Funds: 318
  • AcademicWorks Customer Since 2014

Problem: Small Applicant Pools Lead To Fund Utilization Challenges
Northwestern Michigan College’s scholarship application process was disorganized and scattered across campus, leading to low application rates among students. “The confusing process and small applicant pools sent scholarship coordinators scrambling to find award recipients. In many cases, this meant that awards were not made, and funds went unspent,” said Katie Malone, Financial Aid Specialist at Northwest Michigan College.

AcademicWorks Increases Visibility into Awarding Decisions
Using AcademicWorks, the institution created a centralized place for students to access and apply to all scholarships. The financial aid office is able to monitor award compliance while still giving individual departments the autonomy to make their own award decisions.

AcademicWorks also helped Northwestern Michigan College overcome the challenges associated with award compliance. “Before AcademicWorks, if a donor agreement was updated, the scholarship qualifications often were not changed in time for the next cycle,” said Malone. “Now, it’s easy to update scholarship qualifications and applications,” said Malone. “Everything is organized and up-to-date for each award cycle,” Malone added.

Improved Fund Utilization Compliance

“AcademicWorks was easy to integrate and it’s simple for everyone to use,” said Malone. Student response to the change has been overwhelmingly positive. The school received a record number of scholarship applications the first award cycle following implementation. “We have seen a 7% increase in disbursed awards,” said Malone. “We also have more confidence that our awards are aligned with the most recent donor agreement.”

Simplify Scholarship Management

Northwestern Michigan College improved their scholarship management processes using AcademicWorks. Please contact us to see how we can help your organization simplify scholarship management.