Helping you make an impact
Expertly managed scholarship programs that change lives while saving you time and money.

A true partner in scholarship management

Your trusted experts
There are so many administrative ins and outs with running a scholarship program – policies, regulations, procedures and more. Scholarship Management Services offers dedicated specialists to take care of all of that for you.

Impacting lives
We’re ready to help corporations of all sizes, as well as foundations and individuals, set up and manage scholarship programs. Anyone can make a difference; we’re here to amplify your impact.

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Our programs
reach students in
over 100 countries

Our 131 employees have an average of 9+ years of service

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of employers in the US offer undergraduate educational assistance*

*Source: 2013 Employee Benefits: A research report by SHRM

We want you happy
Our dedicated program managers give you back your time. They work to customize your program to your needs, giving you the flexibility to change and grow your program for years to come. 

Around the world
Wherever your company extends, we have the resources to manage your program. You’ll reach students from around the world and bring opportunity to those aspiring for more.

The scholarship management process

Simplify your life. Let us design, administer and manage your scholarship program for you.

Step 1: Program Setup
Step 1: Program Setup

We work with you to plan your program based on your objectives – from creating application materials to promoting your scholarship program.

Step 2: Program Design
Step 2: Program Design

We design and implement your application materials. We offer electronic applications and provide a program website branded with your company’s identity.

Step 3: Application Process
Step 3: Application Process

We take care of the process for you, from creating, receiving, processing and screening all applications, and checking for eligibility or missing information.

Step 4: Selection and Notification
Step 4: Selection and Notification

As a neutral party, we objectively choose recipients according to your program parameters. After receiving approval from you, we notify recipients and manage all the details, providing customer service to both you and the recipients.

Step 5: Renewals
Step 5: Renewals

Offering renewal awards helps see students through from start to finish. We inform students of criteria needed to receive a renewal and provide any customer service needed to them.

Step 6: Tracking
Step 6: Tracking

We track data for you to determine the success of your scholarship program. We send you reports with program stats to help keep you informed.

Testimonials

Here’s what clients say about their experience with Scholarship Management Services.

  • Since the transition from another industry leader we have been impressed
    and didn’t realize all we were missing in our program/services from the past provider. SMS is the best scholarship management service in the industry with knowledge, quality, service and price.


    Alison Foreman       Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • We have used Scholarship Management
    Services for one of our primary
    scholarship programs
    for many years. They are very easy to work with, very efficient and very
    reliable. We think they are the absolute best.


    Sharon Wood       Johnson Scholarship Foundation
  • I am grateful to partner with an organization
    that is so committed to its cause.
    I am proud to have SMS administer and be a representative
    of our scholarship. I enjoy working with such a dedicated
    and professional staff.


    Karen Nicklin       GM Foundation

FAQs

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  • Who can sponsor a scholarship program?

    Almost anyone can sponsor a program. Our clients include companies, membership organizations, private foundations, community foundations, associations, unions, trusts and individuals. We work with all types and sizes of organizations.

    How are the fees determined for managing a scholarship program?

    Scholarship Management Services offers free consultations. A representative will work with you to develop a program design at no cost to you. We recognize you have unique goals for your program and we will work with you to create your customized program design. The management fee is determined when your program design is established, so you pay only for the services you need. Contact us to receive more information.

    How long does it take to get a scholarship program up and running?

    The total implementation time of a scholarship program is dependent on the criteria required to manage the program. Once the program details are finalized and approved by an organization, the implementation time is generally 4-12 weeks. 

    Is there a program minimum or maximum size to use your service?

    No, we offer our services to very small companies who simply do not have the infrastructure to administer education assistance programs, and to very large companies who have discovered the value of using outside experts.

  • What services do you provide for scholarship program administration?

    We offer:

    • Application processing
    • Application evaluation
    • Employment verification
    • Recipient selection
    • Applicant notification
    • Payment processing
    • Renewal award processing
    • Student tracking
    • Day-to-day customer service
    • Detailed program reporting
    • OFAC compliance

    What elements are factored into the cost of managing a scholarship program?

    There are many factors that determine the cost of managing a scholarship program, from application format and renewals to translation services and awards. Please  contact us so we can discuss your program needs and estimate the cost of your program.

    What is the average scholarship award amount?

    Although scholarships range from $100 to a full ride, the average scholarship award amount for programs managed by Scholarship Management Services is around $2,700.

  • What kinds of application materials does Scholarship Management Services provide?
     

    • E-applications – We can create a website with your program information and offer an online application. Applicants create an account so they can log in to complete and submit their application.
    • Hosted websites – We’ll create and host a website with your program information and offer a PDF form for applicants to download and send in. Applicants cannot submit anything electronically with this option. 
    • PDF forms – We create and send PDF forms to you for your company to distribute or post on your website.

    What is the benefit of offering renewable scholarships?

    Renewable scholarships can help see a student through a degree from start to finish. The cost to attend school increases as one advances in school. Often, a student drops out after his/her first two years of school because the funding to cover expenses has run out.

  • Who can sponsor a scholarship programme?

    Almost anyone can sponsor a programme. Our clients include companies, membership organisations, private foundations, community foundations, associations, unions, trusts and individuals. We work with organisations of all types and sizes.

    How are the fees determined for managing an education assistance programme?

    Scholarship Management Services offers free consultations. A representative will work with you to develop a programme design at no cost. We recognise you have unique goals and we will work with you to design a customised programme. The management fee is determined once your programme is established, so you pay only for the services you need. Contact us for more information.

    How long does it take to get a scholarship programme up and running?

    The total implementation time of a scholarship programme is dependent on the criteria required to manage the programme. Once the programme details are finalised and approved by an organisation, the implementation time is generally 4-12 weeks.

    Is there a programme minimum or maximum size to use your service?          

    No, we offer our services to very small companies who simply do not have the infrastructure to administer education assistance programmes, and to very large companies who have discovered the value of using outside experts.

  • What services do you provide for scholarship programme administration?

    We offer:

    • Application processing
    • Application evaluation
    • Employment verification
    • Recipient selection
    • Applicant notification
    • Payment processing
    • Renewal award processing
    • Student tracking
    • Day-to-day customer service
    • Detailed programme reporting

    What elements are factored into the cost of managing a scholarship programme?

    There are many factors that determine the cost of managing a scholarship programme, from application format and renewals to translation services and awards. Please contact us so we can discuss your programme needs and estimate the cost of your programme.

    What is the average scholarship award amount?

    Although scholarships range from £100 to a full ride, the average scholarship award amount for programmes managed by Scholarship Management Services is around £1,600.

  • What kinds of application materials does Scholarship Management Services provide?

    • E-applications – We can create a website with your programme information and offer an online application. Applicants create an account so they can log in to complete and submit their application.
    • Hosted websites – We’ll create and host a website with your programme information and offer a PDF form for applicants to download and send in. Applicants cannot submit anything electronically with this option.
    • PDF forms – We create and send PDF forms to you for your company to distribute or post on your website.

    What is the benefit of offering renewable scholarships?

    Renewable scholarships can help see a student through a degree from start to finish. The cost to attend school increases as one advances in school. Often, students drop out after his/her first two years of school because the funding to cover expenses has run out.

    What are the tax implications of setting up a scholarship program?

    To learn the tax implications for setting up a scholarship programme, it is best to consult your tax advisor.

Featured employee

Our employees are dedicated to making the most of your program.

Dawn Lehtinen
Program Manager

A 14-year veteran of Scholarship Management Services, Dawn credits her passion for paying it forward to the scholarship assistance she received as a college student. Today, she firmly believes there’s a scholarship out there for every student provided they know where to look and how to apply. Outside work, Dawn is an active community volunteer and enjoys camping, hockey, and watching her children’s activities.

Dawn Lehtinen

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Scholarship Management Services and Scholarship America

For more than 35 years, Scholarship Management Services has been helping corporations, foundations, and
individuals create and manage education assistance programs for students around the world. We are proud to be
a division of  Scholarship America, the largest private, nonprofit scholarship and education assistance organization
in the United States.