About Scholars United

Scholars United is a scholarship management software that offers universities, colleges, and philanthropic organizations a single, centralized platform from which to manage scholarship or grant application reviewing, matching, and awarding processes. Incorporating features for administrators, applicants, and reviewers, Scholars United aims to deliver a comprehensive scholarship management solution.

Designed to facilitate effective administration, Scholars United equips users with the technology to manage user groups, scholarship funds, and awards. Administrators can create and publish application forms, and review letters of recommendations and transcript nominations. Scholars United also provides users with the functionality to manage applicant and reviewer communication, approval processes, and administrative reports.

Scholars United allows applicants to write essays, upload attachments, and insert electronic signatures. From the Scholars United application specific dashboard, applicants can manage all of their personal, academic, and financial information. Since Scholars United is mobile and tablet friendly, users can access their applications and personal information on the move from any location.

In order to assist users in reviewing applications, Scholars United provides tools for reviewing, scoring, and ranking applicants. Users can also export applicant scores to Excel and collaborate with admins and other reviewers. Additionally, Scholars United supports integration with Salesforce, Blackbaud, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and a range of other applications.

Key benefits of Scholars United

  • Scholars United supports single sign-on, granting users access to multiple systems with a single ID and password.
  • Scholars United offers a mobile and tablet friendly design, affording users the flexibility to manage scholarship applicants and applications on the move.
  • Scholars United employs reporting functionality, giving users valuable insight into administrative performance.
  • Scholars United includes applicant scoring technology, enabling users to score and rank applicant applications.
  • Scholars United supports third party integrations, connecting users directly to Salesforce, Ellucian, Blackbaud, and other platforms.

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    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    Write application essays and add attachments
    Edit and customize application essays
    Access and utilize the different modules of Scholars United
    Select and manage templates
    Review application summaries, including the personal information of applicants
    Generate reports to gain insight into applicants and applications
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    Features

    Total features of Scholars United: 32

    • API
    • Activity Management
    • Activity Tracking
    • Administrative Reporting
    • Applicant Management
    • Applicant Portal
    • Applicant Tracking
    • Applications Management
    • Approval Process Control
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commenting/Notes
    • Communication Management
    • Customizable Forms
    • Data Import/Export
    • Document Review
    • Electronic Signature
    • Electronic Submission
    • For Nonprofits
    • Forms Management
    • Grant Management
    • Personalization
    • Preview Functionality
    • Ratings / Reviews
    • Recommendations
    • Records Management
    • Reviewer Management
    • Scoring
    • Self Service Portal
    • Single Sign On
    • Third Party Integrations
    • User Management
    • White Label

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,7 /5
    (10)
    Value for Money
    4,9/5
    Features
    4,4/5
    Ease of Use
    4,4/5
    Customer Support
    4,4/5

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    Destany P.
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    • Industry: Philanthropy
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great software for grants, scholarships

    Reviewed on 2019/05/01

    We are working toward "less paper" in our office, so Community Force has helped us keep everything...

    We are working toward "less paper" in our office, so Community Force has helped us keep everything all in one place. Scholars United is an amazing resource with their videos, and support has been amazing. I have contacted them in an absolute panic some days, and they have always been helpful and efficient. I could not ask for better service! They always explain things in the easiest way possible and provide screenshots to show me what I need to know. A+ service!

    Pros

    The ease of use! I enjoy creating sections for my applications because it is very self-directed and easy to understand. With minimal issues I have crafted multiple scholarship and grant applications, and each and every one is customizable with lots of options! We also enjoy learning all of the new functions we can utilize as time goes on. It's nice knowing that when I set something up in CF it will work. One thing we could explore in the future is blind applications.

    Cons

    What I like least is the limitations on reports that can be run from the system. There is a built-in AdHoc Reports feature, but it is limited to Excel. I would love for there to be different ways to run the reports - mainly Microsoft Word or Publisher. Our issue is we have essays with some of our scholarships, and fitting an essay box on an Excel spreadsheet while still trying to make it user friendly isn't possible! I would love to see reports where each each qualifying student could have all of the information needed on one page of a report. So if there are 15 students who qualify, there would be 15 pages, one for each student, in the report. Easier to read than an Excel spreadsheet that scrolls and scrolls.

    Kevin W.
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great Software and even better support!!

    Reviewed on 2017/03/09

    We have been a CommunityForce customer for just under a year now. Before making the switch to the...

    We have been a CommunityForce customer for just under a year now. Before making the switch to the CommunityForce solution, we utilized a home grown custom built solution to support 6 individual scholarship programs. As with many home-grown systems, it had reached a point of no longer being feasible for us to support. But most importantly, we finally came to the realization as an organization that we are not in the business of being software developers. Our purpose is our mission, which is providing educational opportunities to women. After an exhaustive search, we decided on the CommunityForce solution. It is a decision that we are fortunate to be reminded of daily as being the right one. As you can imagine coming from a custom-built solution that was tailored around our business processes, there were certain facets of the system unique to our organization. These facets became embedded in our operating policy, which turned into requirements for CommunityForce. CommunityForce stepped up to the plate and in short order added the functionality into their solution to accommodate our uniqueness. To date they continue to step up to provide solutions vs. presenting barriers to our requests.

    As with any implementation of new technology there are always challenges, but the CommunityForce team was always and continues to be there to help us overcome them. Because of their implementation approach and intuitiveness of the solution, we are fully capable ourselves of building additional application workflows with the support of the CommunityForce team as needed.

    I think the best way sum up our experience with CommunityForce to date is to say this. Even though we are fully aware CommunityForce has hundreds of customers like ourselves, we are made to feel like we are their only customer. We are fully committed to being a customer for life!

    Pros

    Support Team. Ease of use. Cost to operate compared to the previous solution. Road map for the future.

    Cons

    none

    Response from CommunityForce

    Kevin, Thank you so much for this review! Our team here at CommunityForce is honored to have P.E.O International as a dedicated customer!

    Looking forward to many years of partnership!

    Joyce E.
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    CommunityForce

    Reviewed on 2019/04/10

    Pros

    We found that our users of our scholarship platform found the software was easy to input information and that the technology requirements was not overwhelming. In addition, we found once we learned the system, we, as administrators found it easier to work with. If you have strong skills in technology you will love the autonomy of this system.

    Cons

    It was not always easy to go into the system to clone the application and then make necessary changes in the new application. It did require a lot of learning and reviewing numerous videos to find the best way to proceed. In all honesty, this was a self service platform and one needed to become very adept at the technology required to fully implement the application platform. In addition, it was not possible to have multiple applications opened, released and tracked simultaneously and easily which was a requirement for our college saving account application. By means of tracking, there was no way to develop student profiles and connect email communication directly to the student that would cover an extended period of time.

    Response from CommunityForce

    Thank you for the awesome feedback Joyce! If you have any suggestions or feature requests, please submit your ideas in our client support portal!

    Tony F.
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    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Our Foundation has had a very positive experience with Community Force and Scholars United!

    Reviewed on 2018/05/10

    We received many benefits from Community Force's scholar's united application. It's nice having a...

    We received many benefits from Community Force's scholar's united application. It's nice having a robust application portal that can handle many different scholarship funds - all with different application questions and criteria. I highly recommend the software to anyone with small or large scholarship programs.

    Pros

    I like that this product employs case logic technology so that our applicants can be screened prior to creating a profile and starting an application, or applying for the one of our multiple scholarships using the wrong application form. I also like that students are allowed to upload supporting documents into the application.

    Cons

    Our selections criteria and scoring matrix are very complex and don't really synch well with SU's evaluation system. As such, we score our applications separately outside of the system, which isn't all that bad because it's very easy to export the application data to a MS Excel spreadsheet. It would be nice if CF and SU could add a CRM feature to their product so that we can continue tracking student payments while they are receiving funding from our program, and then after they've graduated, keep them in the system for alumni cultivation and communication purposes.

    Sheila S.
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    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Other for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Takes the workload off your desk from receiving paper applications. Streamlined the process!

    Reviewed on 2018/05/10

    Ease of awarding the scholarship and no more paper piles on my desk. The mailroom used to get tons...

    Ease of awarding the scholarship and no more paper piles on my desk. The mailroom used to get tons of applications on the last day of the deadline and it was overwhelming having to make copies of every single essay and enough copies of each for our judges. It was very difficult the old way and this has streamlined our process immensely.

    Pros

    This program has streamlined our application process by 100%. We received twice as many applications and the students were very computer savvy so it was a breeze for them to fill out. The emails sent to them were received and they responded if they had questions so it was very helpful to be able to email more than one person at a time. The spreadsheet to export was nice to have when a complete list of applicants was needed. This program made this years application process a fantastic experience instead of the dread each year when 50 applications showed up on the due date! Our mailroom was quite happy as well! Overall this was a delight to have this year and look forward to next year!

    Cons

    What I do not like is the Help Center. I have tried to type in simple questions like "how to sort columns" there was not an answer for it. I loved the training videos that I participated in an simply watch those for the information. I feel that the training videos on the Help Center were made by the computer savvy employees of the company that are way more technical that the average person learning to use this software for the first time.

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    Scholars United has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

    Scholars United supports the following languages:

    English

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    Scholars United integrates with the following applications:

    Authorize.Net, Blackbaud CRM, Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT, Google Analytics, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Salesforce Sales Cloud, YourMembership

    Scholars United offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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