Scholarship Evaluation Committee Best Practices
I've heard several clients ask some great questions about scholarship evaluation committees over the past few weeks. I'll note my understanding of the Best Practice below, but I welcome other opinions and discussion.
- Committee Composition for Donor Funded Scholarships: Is it ok for a donor to be the only person selecting scholarship recipients from their fund? - I believe the answer here is no. The committee needs to include a majority non-family of the donor. This relates to some IRS regulations, but I'm no attorney, so I'll refrain from trying to be more specific.
- How many people should be reviewing each application?- The Best Practice is 2-3, though it can definitely be more. Without doing a lot of training and score norming exercises with your evaluators, it's not generally a good idea to have only one reviewer per applicant. This is because reviewers bring their own expectations and biases to their reviews. You want at least two sets of scores for the student so that those scores can be averaged. Ideally, you also wouldn't want the same teams of 2 evaluating large groups of students together for the same reason.
I'm sure there are more questions and answers on this topic. Let's open up the discussion together!
Alyse Braaten | Manager of Client Services – Grants & Scholarships | www.foundant.com | Bozeman, MT
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