Scholarship Chairs oversee the local interview process for incoming freshmen and junior-transfer students. The position requires collaboration with fellow alumni, applicants, and the Alumni Scholarships Department at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA).
Scholarship Chairs report to the Program Manager of Volunteer Engagement.
- Cal alumna or alumnus in good standing with the Alumni Scholarships Department and Cal Alumni Association.
- Resident of the district/region.
- Light availability (1-2 hours per week, fluctuating) from March to April 2020.
- Substantial availability (4-8 hours per week, fluctuating) in June 2020 (Note: time required varies greatly depending on region and number of finalists to interview).
- Ability to secure a venue for one (maybe two) interview events in June 2020. Note: CAA does not provide funding.
- Availability to host one (maybe two) interview events—and likely make-up virtual interviews for students who are unable to travel to the interview site—June 2020.
Build a strong local team:
- Recruit local alumni volunteers.
- Train all volunteers before permitting them to serve on an interview panel.
- Communicate with volunteers as necessary.
Prepare for and oversee interviews:
- Procure an appropriate venue for interviews to be held in June.
- Coordinate interviews—in-person and virtual—for all applicants in your assigned region.
- Conduct interview event(s) and follow up with CAA staff as necessary.
- Utilize an Google Apps to view training materials, manage interviewees assigned to the region, and print materials.
Adhere to CAA and Alumni Scholarships Department policy:
- Read the CAA Scholarship Chair Guide and sign all necessary agreement forms.
- Agree to the terms of the Data Management Protocol Agreement.
- Complete Scholarship Chair training provided by CAA, including all mandatory conference calls and training sessions.
- Submit all interviewing paperwork to CAA.
- Respond promptly to emails and voicemails from the Program Manager.
- Connect with fellow Cal alumni in your area.
- Give back to your community, CAA, and Cal.
- Engage with future Cal Bears.
- Help select the next class of TAAP scholars.
- Refine your organizational and leadership skills.
Support from CAA Alumni Scholarships
- Training: comprehensive training on all parts of the position.
- Scholarship Chair Meetings: facilitation of opportunities to interact with other Scholarship Chairs, gain clarification on duties or responsibilities, and share best practices.
- Materials for outreach to alumni and applicants: approved text, flyers, and templates.
- Leads for volunteer recruitment: a list of volunteers currently in your region, distributed for the sole purpose of recruiting alumni volunteers (contingent upon signing the Data Management Protocol Agreement).