• Feature Spotlight: Custom Fields

    AwardSpring administrators now have a simple way to add more information to scholarship records with our newest feature: custom fields. With custom fields, you can track and report on any data that’s important to you and your institution - and you have control over how that information appears in each scholarship record. Read on for more details about this new feature.

    What kinds of custom fields can I add to my scholarship record?
    In the “Details” tab of each scholarship record, you can add fields like:

    - Additional Fund ID
    - Scholarship Type
    - Endowed Account
    - Renewable
    - College Designation
    - Selection Committee

    You can add up to 10 custom fields to your scholarships. Here’s an example of how the custom fields could appear in your scholarship record:

    What custom field formats are available?
    You can require a single response, multiple responses (as many as you’d like), an open-ended response, or a numeric response. That way, you can customize fields to your precise specifications.

    Do custom field responses influence AwardSpring functionality in any way?
    Your custom fields will be attached to the scholarship record only as additional data. They will not have an impact on eligibility, follow-ups, or any other AwardSpring functions. 

    What is the benefit of adding custom fields to my scholarship records?
    If your previous paper or spreadsheet method of scholarship management included more details about your scholarships than your AwardSpring site does, now you can get back to tracking that data. You can also run reports on this information. To set up a custom report that includes data from your custom fields, email support@awardspring.com with the details of your request and we’ll be happy to set it up for you.

    Click here if you'd like to see a video overview of the new custom fields functionality.

  • Feature Spotlight: Award & Deny

    Once all of your scholarship applications have been reviewed, it’s time to make award decisions - and AwardSpring makes it so simple to find the perfect candidate. Here’s how to make the most of the options and information available in the Award & Deny tab of your AwardSpring application, so you and your donors can be certain you’ve made the very best award decisions!

    The Applicant Table

    Each applicant to a given scholarship appears in an applicant table located in the Award/Deny tab. By default, you’ll see columns that list each applicant’s average reviewer score and the amount of money already awarded. Hover over the average reviewer score to see a breakdown of each individual reviewer score. You can add new column to reveal information that will be important to your award decision. Answers to any questions asked on your application can be added here, and you can add as many new columns as you’d like.

    Filtering Applicants

    Once you have customized all of the information you need, you can add parameters around that information to narrow down your list of applicants. For example, you may wish to only award students with a specific major, a GPA over 3.5, or those who have indicated that they have a financial need. (This is a great time to filter based on your donors’ preferences!) Use the “Add Filter” button to add as many filtering criteria as you’d like; once your filters are applied, any candidates who do not meet the requirements will be removed from the list.

    Selecting Your Candidates

    With filters in place, your applicant table is now full of the very best candidates for your scholarship. Clicking the arrows in each column header will sort the table by that header; this can help you see, for example, the least-awarded students or best-reviewed students rise to the top of the list. Once you’ve chosen the best candidate, click “Award” in the Action column for every student you wish to award. You can then click the arrow to the left of the Action header to deny all non-awarded students, or you can go down the list and manually choose “Deny” for each non-awarded student.

    If you ever have questions about how to use the Award & Deny features, or if you’d like a refresher training course, just send us a note at support@awardspring.com and we’ll be glad to help!

  • Feature Spotlight: Student Integration Engine

    Only about 40% of AwardSpring customers take advantage of one of our most powerful features: the Student Integration Engine. So, what does it do? And how does it benefit institutions and scholarship administrators?

    #1: It maintains accurate student data.

    By pulling student data from your backend system, you no longer have to rely on students to provide accurate data during the application process.

    #2: It keeps data in sync across multiple platforms.

    With our Student Integration Engine, you can pull information like a student’s major, class schedule, or GPA directly into AwardSpring. Use that data to maintain a student’s scholarship eligibility and you’ll eliminate a few administrative tasks for yourself!

    #3: It makes the application process even easier.

    Populating your application with student data points from your SIS can dramatically reduce the time it takes a student to finish applying. In fact, if you can import a large volume of data points, you may be able to eliminate the application process altogether! Just let AwardSpring become your decision engine and match students to awards. Simple scholarships with no additional requirements will not necessitate any further action on the students’ part; if there are additional requirements, students can simply respond to those questions and essay prompts without re-entering any of the data that was pulled from the SIS.

    Our Student Integration Engine can be added at any time for a one-time integration fee and a small annual maintenance fee. If you’re interested in learning more about our Student Integration Engine or would like to add it, simply contact us at support@awardspring.com.

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