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Una Streamlines Endowed Scholarship Process With Academicworks, Allows For More Scholarship Applications

Nov. 27, 2017

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-The University of North Alabama Office of Student Financial Services announced that they will soon be rolling out a new scholarship management system from AcademicWorks.

Set to go live Dec. 1, Academic Works will allow students to be considered for all of the endowed scholarships available at UNA.

According to Shauna James, director of UNA Student Financial Services, students will simply fill out one general application for all endowed scholarships.

"The new system will automatically download information from our Banner system," James said. "Using that information, students will answer a few questions and the system will then pull up a list of all the scholarships that student is qualified for," she said.

Students must be admitted to UNA first before they will be able to use AcademicWorks.

In addition to providing more scholarship opportunities, the system will save time for both the student and faculty members.

"In the past, 800-900 students would apply," James said. "We would then print the applications, sort them by hand into the different departments and then hand deliver the applications to the various departments for review and selection."

James said that now the scholarship committees will be able to review and select the applications online. The same process will apply to the students, who will receive an online notification allowing them to review and accept the various scholarships they're qualified for online.

"This will eliminate thousands of paper copies and it should speed up the process," she said.

Additionally, the system will allow for more stewardship, as students will be able to submit a "thank you" letter directly to their donors through the system.

"The online capabilities offer so much," James said. "Providing donors with acknowledgement is imperative to ensure we continue to receive endowed scholarships. Additionally, we think we'll see a large increase in scholarship applicants due to how user-friendly the system is for our students," she said.

James said that UNA currently offers over 200 different endowed scholarships, each with a different requirement.

"That's why we're encouraging everyone to use it; you never know what scholarship you might be eligible for," she said.

For more information: Student Financial Services at 256-765-4278 orsfins@una.edu

For more information on AcademicWorks:https://una.academicworks.com/


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates arenownedcollegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.