We’re a wise, old company with youthful optimism.

ISTS combines proven technology, stringent data privacy practices and holistic applicant and client service to administer sustainable scholarship programs that uphold your strategies and values. We combine the wisdom we’ve gathered since our founding in 1985 with a devotion to youthful optimism about the powerful effect that organizations can have on people through education.

How it works


With ISTS, you get the whole shebang on scholarship program management.

Using a secure, proprietary system that we tailor to your needs, we implement everything needed to enable students to apply for your scholarship. A user-friendly platform features exceptional technical support so more candidates can successfully complete the application process. Our scholarship management services include:

Dedicated Program Success Team

With your program success team by your side, we optimize your scholarship program to exceed your expectations. They stay on top of industry trends to offer helpful insights and best practices. Plus, they go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic experience!

Customized Program Design & Implementation

Our experts work closely with your team to create a custom-designed scholarship program, including outlining eligibility criteria and creating your scholarship application forms. We design materials to promote your scholarship program and clearly communicate the program details.

Comprehensive Program Management

When we say comprehensive, we mean it! We take care of all day-to-day program administration, including applicant selection, financial need and merit assessment, scholarship funds disbursement, and reporting. Our scholarship management solution puts everything you need just a click away.

Applicant Experience & Support

We fully support the applicant experience with technology, personalized inquiry responses, and strategic communication. We provide multi-channel and multi-lingual assistance for your applicants at all stages of the application, award and renewal processes.

Bring your selection committee, or use ours!

As part of our full-service approach, ISTS can manage the selection process or provide an online portal for client-driven selection.

Our experienced selection committee is composed of professionals with backgrounds in a variety of higher education roles. They use your approved scoring rubric or a custom qualitative approach to evaluate candidates and select scholarship recipients.

Prefer to manage your own selection and reviewing process? We have you covered! Our online selection portal provides applicant summaries to each member of your committee, along with the ability to submit scores.

Our scholarship management services can cover one neighborhood or span the globe.

Our friendly and personal customer service is a fit for programs large and small. From community-based scholarships to international programs, we can easily scale our spectrum of services to meet your needs:

  • Dedicated Program Coordinator
  • Custom user experience design
  • Online application and materials development
  • Application and document validation and processing
  • Eligibility verification
  • Financial need and merit assessment
  • Candidate evaluation and recipient selection
  • Status notifications and reminders
  • Award acceptance and disbursement
  • Renewal processing and winner tracking
  • Multichannel program support
  • Client reporting

There’s even more we can do!

Our company is built on continual improvement. We never stop expanding our expertise or asking ourselves what else we can do to support managing a scholarship program. Beyond our soup-to-nuts approach, we offer even more services to help sponsors make the most of their scholarship initiatives.

Business Intelligence

Use Business Intelligence (BI) to gain comprehensive insight into how your program is performing and the effect it’s having on your recipients. Our internal BI team provides diagnostic intel and analytics, plus consultation sessions.

Promotional Assistance

Increase your program or brand exposure and target your ideal applicant audiences with a customized program promotions plan based on your budget, goals and preferred services.

Translations & Multilingual Support

Take your scholarship global or simply allow applicants to complete the process in their native language. We can translate program materials and offer support beyond our standard languages of English, French and Spanish.

What our clients love about working with ISTS:

Make your scholarship the best it can be.

We’re thrilled  to provide scholarship management services that help organizations like yours improve access to education. Reach out to learn more about how we can work together.