From the Nominator
In 2020, the University of Virginia adopted a new communications process for students to ensure scholarship recipients understood they received an endowed scholarship, recognized its significance, and encouraged students to thank donors to the scholarship fund. Currently, scholarships are listed but not highlighted in a student’s aid package. Students receive notification via email, and scholarship information is just another line item on their financial aid statement. As a result, many students are unaware that they have been awarded an endowed scholarship, and do not understand the significance of the award. The new communication process results were spectacular and yielded a 93% increase with student participation.