As many of you know, every year we offer 15-20 scholarships to attend our annual Implementer’s Meeting, based on available resources. Our criteria/process for submitting and reviewing scholarship applications is outlined on the Wiki.
After last year’s meeting, we surveyed scholarship recipients and talked to the scholarship review committee to find out how we can improve their experience. Here’s what came out most clearly:
- Notify recipients and start making arrangements earlier.
- Make it clear what the scholarships cover and what they do not cover
- Make it easier to review applications.
- Clarify how applications are scored
Good news: we’re already working on #1!
More good news: @christine has developed scholarship packages that offer different combinations of conference costs (registration, airfare, accommodation, etc). The idea is to have applicants request a specific scholarship package, based on what they can cover and what costs they need help covering.
About the application and review process…one idea is to use criteria from the Developer Stages and OMRS Stages as a checklist to help applicants put together their applications. Example: Applications offer a different checklist based on a specific dev and/or omrs level. Applicants can then use the checklist for a specific level (i.e.: /dev/4) to pull together and submit a “portfolio” that includes a summary, links or examples of their contributions for a given period. As an additional benefit, we can use this to advance people up through the dev or omrs levels.
When it comes time to review applications, a checklist based on the dev and omrs levels can make it easier to set up a standard scoring sheet for the scholarship committee to use during their review. We can also put together scoring guidance so that it’s clear how to use the scoring sheet.
What does the community think of this approach? I’m particularly interested in hearing from those who have applied for and/or received scholarships in the past.
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