Gender versus Pronouns??

Good afternoon!! I am new to the Foundant /Compass Community, and am looking forward to getting some great feedback!! Reviewing our scholarship application and wondering if everyone is using the term Gender on their applications or using Pronouns instead? What is best practice?

Thank you so much!




  • Hi Kasey,

    We have both on our scholarship application. Our CSM worked with us to change the Prefix (Mr. Mrs. etc.) field to instead ask for "Pronouns (Examples: she/hers, he/him, they/them, she/they)" on the user registration page. The field is optional, so applicants can choose to share or not. We also have a question regarding gender within our application form because some of the requirements of some of our scholarship funds. After many, many revisions, our current question looks like this:

    Gender: I identify as...

    A woman 

    A man 

    Another gender 

    Prefer not to answer 

    Our last season was the first time we had both and we have been happy with it so far!

    Good luck,

    Elena Keltz

  • Kasey,

    Here's a resource from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation that I often refer other grant and scholarship administrators to. It has some great examples on how to ask for demographic information, including gender identity. I think the key points are being transparent about why you're collecting this data, what it will be used for, and who will see it. I highly recommend using the "Applicant" visibility option on questions like gender, race, etc. This allows applicants to respond and administrators to see the answer, but will prevent evaluators from seeing information that isn't relevant to their assessment of applicants.

  • @ElenaKeltz - this is a great idea! I like the idea of having this on the registration page - so there is the opportunity to share or not. And then having the additional question about gender, we too have some scholarships with certain requirements. Thank you for this information - this has been so helpful!!


  • @DanaBerggren - thank you so much for this resource! I agree with the applicant knowing exactly why, what and who will be using and seeing their information. This is a great guide!! Thank you again!


  • We stopped using prefixes a few years ago and use first name for salutation. Our gender question is also on the profile as gender is a qualifier for some opportunities. We ask as follows:

    You may qualify for certain scholarships based on your gender. Please select from the list below. This is an optional question. If you do not respond, you will not be eligible for the scholarships that have eligibility criteria based upon gender. You can select as many options as apply to you. 





    Gender Non-Conforming

    Something else

    Do not wish to specify

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