Top scholarship management software

Scholarship management software is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that helps education and scholarship organizations streamline and automate the scholarship application process. Scholarship program platforms use student data that comes from student information systems to facilitate the scholarship decision process. 

These financial aid tools accelerate the process for both candidates and reviewers through automation and customization. There’s far less paperwork, which enables reviewers to focus more on the candidates and creates a better experience for everyone. 

Scholarship management software can also assist with many aspects of student and education management, such as accounting, academic advising, human resources, and financial aid.  

More institutions and philanthropic organizations are adopting scholarship management solutions to help students pursue their educational and career goals. Here are the top scholarship management software and grant management solutions.

OpenWater

OpenWater is a cloud-based application and student review platform that can simplify and automate your award, grant, or fellowship program. The applicant portal is easy for students to use, making the scholarship application process convenient. 

The templates are flexible; you can customize them to suit all types of scholarship life cycles and programs. OpenWater incorporates the entire process — from student registration to application review, evaluation, and recipient selection — all within a single dashboard.

OpenWater
OpenWater

JotForm

Known for its world-class digital form solutions, JotForm offers a form solution for managing scholarship programs. You can use the JotForm scholarship application form, which provides an efficient way to collect data that informs your scholarship candidate review process. The form is easy for candidates to understand and takes little time to fill in, which increases the number of prospects for your application management system. 

Scholarship Application Form Template
JotForm’s Scholarship Application Form Template

SurveyMonkey Apply

From a company that’s already well known for its powerful survey tools, SurveyMonkey Apply is a separate collection and review tool for applications for scholarships, awards, grants, and other recognition programs. 

This platform stands out for its user-friendly navigation, well-structured  submission processes, responsive customer service, tech support, and flexible reporting and data consolidation. Special nonprofit pricing is available. 

SurveyMonkey Apply
SurveyMonkey Apply

Award Force

This is an award-winning cloud software option for grants and scholarships, but organizations can also use it for startup pitch competitions and academic recognition programs. A vast array of management tools lets you oversee the entire process from submission and evaluation to award delivery. 

The software supports multiple languages and allows judges to log in remotely. Other advantages include configuration capabilities, extensive training materials, and a highly responsive customer service team.

Award Force
Award Force

Submittable

Submittable’s cloud-based software and suite of management tools enable your organization to quickly collect and compile grant and scholarship applications. The platform can also help you automate workflows and analyze application review results. 

Features include a drag-and-drop form builder and scalable reporting tools. Submittable integrates with hundreds of other applications, including SaaS platforms like Salesforce.

Submittable
Submittable

Zengine

Developed by WizeHive, Zengine is a flexible solution for managing grants throughout the scholarship life cycle, including application, review, reporting, and award delivery. Features include tailored workflows, personalized portals for reviewers, and a customizable scoring rubric. 

Track the entire process through the editable data display and reporting features to assess potential areas for improvement for your scholarship and grant programs.

Zengine
Zengine

AwardSpring

AwardSpring is an intuitive, easy-to-use scholarship management platform designed for all types of higher learning environments, including community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, nonprofit foundations, corporations, and professional associations. 

Administrators and decision-makers can build an effective, comprehensive application form, while applicants can quickly navigate the process and securely complete the application.

AwardSpring
AwardSpring

Blackbaud Award Management

Blackbaud offers a single website to help organizations promote all scholarship opportunities. Blackbaud Award Management also features a tool that gives students a list of scholarships they are most qualified for — which also makes things easier for those who review the applications. 

The platform integrates with university and college student information management systems, shortening the time it takes to complete applications and ensuring a higher level of accuracy for each application submitted. It also works with your donor program, integrating data from other tools as well as assisting with donor communications, engagement, and fundraising efforts. 

Blackbaud Award Management
Blackbaud Award Management

Foundant

Foundant Technologies provides scholarship and grant management solutions for all types of organizations. Features include online applications and reviews, an eligibility quiz, third-party recommendations, reports and analytics, and online management for scholarship acceptance and renewal.  

Foundant
Foundant

Evalato

Evalato is a comprehensive application and intuitive evaluation software platform designed for scholarships and grants, recognition and awards, calls for papers, scholarships, and employee recognition programs. 

To help you save time, the application management solution provides management tools and automation for all aspects of the program life cycle. You can customize all parts of the application, review, and award processes. 

Evalato supports over 40 languages and 160 currencies. It also integrates with more than 1,000 apps and tools. 

Evalato
Evalato
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A journalist and digital consultant, John Boitnott has worked for TV, newspapers, radio, and Internet companies for 25 years. He’s written for Inc.com, Fast Company, NBC, Entrepreneur, USA Today, and Business Insider, among others.

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