In relation to scholarships how do you "score" essays and letters of recommendation?
We receive over approximately 500 scholarship applications each year and each application has three letters of recommendations and an essay question that relates to each individual scholarship (we have approx 40 scholarships total). Currently we have a scholarship committee consisting of board members and volunteers that gives a score of 1-5 for the letters of recommendation and a score of 1-5 for the essays. Each volunteer reviews each application. We are trying to figure out a way to either divide the review process and/or automate the scoring of the letters of recommendation/essays. Does anyone have any input on how to best achieve this?
As a side note, some of our applicants can apply for multiple scholarships so if we divide essays by applicants two different people might review different applicants for the scholarship versus if we divide by scholarship it might lead us to have two individuals have to read the same applicants information. Sorry if this sounds confusing.