Blackbaud Award Management Features

Blackbaud Award Management

Scholarship management and donor reporting for universities

4.41/5 (29 reviews)

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API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Administrative Reporting
Alerts / Escalation
Alerts/Notifications
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Applicant Management
Applicant Portal
Applicant Tracking
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Reporting & Statistics
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Blackbaud Award Management Feature Reviews

22 reviewers had the following to say about Blackbaud Award Management's features:

Trisha M.

I love Academic Works the more that I use it! I am very happy that this is the software we chose!

2017-05-04

I makes my world of scholarship processing and reporting so much easier and much more effective!!

Pros

The grid and dashboard are my favs!

Cons

There are some enhancements I would like to see in the near future, however I know Academic Works is working on these!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Janice H.

Academic Works has changed the way I do my job!

2017-05-08

Working more efficiently (no errors, make awards quickly and timely) and reporting is easier.

Pros

The auto-match feature matches eligible students who meet donor criteria.

Cons

Once a student is identified as not eligible or withdrawn from the University, there should be an easier way to remove this student so they do not get pulled into the awarding pool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rachel S.

Great for scholarship management!

2020-09-30

Blackbaud is an in-depth project management system and helps keep our contacts, notes, client history, scholarship donors, etc. all in one place.

Pros

Academic Works a great solution for scholarship management. It helps us manage the both the application and selection process for over 150 different scholarships.

Cons

The software is pretty pricey. There are also a lot of features that were a bit more than we needed so at times it felt like we were paying for features that we just weren't using. However, we felt like we would grow into it and eventually begin using more features for our scholarship program.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Michelle S.

This system has been a wonderful in increasing efficiency and improve donor contact.

2017-05-08

Pros

Lastly, real time reporting has been a life saver, not only with managing the day to day but providing data to management as a moments notice.

Cons

The Reviewer portal is a bit cumbersome. Our departments scholarship committees find it difficult to use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Heather S.

Award Management

2021-05-28

Overall, learning to run the system and think like the system has been a hurdle, it's not always user friendly on the admin side.

Pros

The software allows for an easy student user experience.

Cons

It's missing some functionality for logging in as an admin side, some tweaky things like creating a grid view and if your mouse moves outside the pop up it closes down.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Philanthropy company, 11-50 employees)

AcademicWorks is one of the top choices for scholarship management

2018-03-07

Without AcademicWorks we could not contain the high volume of communication and coordination needed to fulfill our mission.

Pros

AcademicWorks makes it easy to coordinate reviews, autoassign reviewers, score applications and execute scholarships.

Cons

It can be hard to track where scholarships are in the process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Katrina F.

This software makes it incredibly easy to create and manage our all of our applications.

2017-05-04

In addition, it allows us to address user issues, compile all data in an excel sheet for our records, monitor opportunity acceptances and declines, and collect needed information during the post-acceptance process that has significantly improved our disbursement process.

Pros

I love the ease with which you can create and modify applications, the post-acceptance feature, and user messaging abilities.

Cons

Up until recently there was not a feature to automatically download uploaded materials, making it cumbersome to combine recipient applications into one portfolio.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lisa F.

Second year of scholarship awards

2016-02-05

I get that a company is always looking to find new opportunities and new customers but I was disappointed because I felt that your main focus was moving away from the scholarship management piece.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Jeana B.

One of the very first to trust in David Welch and Academic Works and STILL HAPPY with that decision!

2017-05-04

Ease of use for my students; easy for my Satellite Campus Directors and Deans; Confidence that student data is safe.

Pros

I love being able to make queries in the grid and manipulate the way I need to view the data during the award process.

Cons

I love the product but the turnaround time for support answers is sometimes slow. I would also like to have ALL scholarship applications "auto match" so that we could truthfully tell students that completion of one application matches them to all opportunities they qualify for. After students are "auto matched" notices should be sent to them requesting answers to any additional questions for a particular opportunity or documents that they need to complete and upload.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ritu s.

Academicworks

2018-11-15

Well as per overall experience it is very good software.it save paperwork.it is simply and easy to create and manage records.user messaging ability is very good.as well as we can track recipient information.the grid view is very user friendly...We can see lot of information and any combination.at the end it saves our energy, resources and time.

Pros

Let's discuss about this software....It is very easy to use and a cloud based software.using this single software we can combine multiple tasks.if we talk about accuracy it is very powerful tool.it save out lot of time.

Cons

The turnaround time for support is slow.the awards screen should be clear.rest of the things are fine.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Johnetha L.

New Product

2018-10-11

Pros

So far it has given us a way to simplify our scholarship tracking and allowed our campus to be on one accord.

Cons

Set up can be extremely time consuming and tedious.

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Judy W.

Great tool

2016-02-01

Also while I know this system was started as a opportunity based system, it would be helpful to be able to have a bit more reporting functionality from the applicant side of the system.

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Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Amy S.

Great tracking software for Graduate admissions

2019-12-09

This is a good system for our University. Even sporadic users (professors that need to login to review an application) can move through the process quickly. Quite intuitive.

Pros

This is a good tool that we use for tracking interest in our graduate school programs.

Cons

No real drawbacks, for the way we use it. It would be nice to have a few more prompts to remind us of all the options that are available that we might not be using as fully as we could.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Daniel B.

I used AcademicWorks to manage departmental scholarships awarded by a university.

2018-01-09

Uniformity in the application for departmental scholarships was a key reason why we switched to this software.

Pros

Once reviewers were trained and set up, it made managing applications for scholarships uniform and consistent. It was easy to sort by various criteria, and the ability to have a totally blind review process for applications really made this software stand out in ensuring fairness in the awarding of university scholarships.

Cons

The lack of ability to quickly import users is a big drawback here.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Debbie M.

I find AW' system to be inexpensive and very easy to use and

2017-05-08

It takes less staff time to administer our scholarships since we went online with Academic Works. I also feel that we are getting better quality and more complete applications since we stopped accepting paper applications.

Pros

I also love the chat feature and help desk!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Melonie B.

Best support team I've ever worked with in 25 years of dealing with third party vendors.

2017-05-05

We have streamlined our scholarships process from application to award and now have a single platform for use by students and staff ensuring consistency across all stages of the process

Pros

We have ability to design different features for our various colleges and programs that fit their individual needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Vicki V.

Steep learning curve, but once we learned it very easy to use.

2017-05-04

Student accessability, streamline processes all over campus, saves paper and physical storage space. Easier to do research on students and share with donors.

Pros

Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to use.

Cons

The awards screen for students could be clearer. I spend a lot of time explaining where to find how much they were awarded. From an administrator point very difficult to award a student in two award cycles from same scholarship (Student A receives a Fall award, then is also picked to receive a different amount in Spring), have not yet found a way to make that clear in a scholarship.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Krista A.

I love AcademicWorks for how simple it is for kids to apply for their scholarship applications.

2017-05-04

Pros

I love how easy it is to close out a scholarship and clone the applications for the next scholarship season.

Cons

I have missed updating dates in the application from year to year. It would be nice if the dates were highlighted or standout a little more.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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ivonne k.

Better communication with our students, management of scholarships. Easy to collect documentation

2017-05-11

Pros

Easy to identify eligible applicants, great features , ongoing enhancements and fantastic customer service

Cons

It is difficult to award a student in two award cycles from same scholarship and it could be challenging.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Melissa J.

Super Easy To Use!!

2018-11-22

Pros

Making changes is super easy and the ability to add notes is great.

Cons

It takes a lot of set up work when you first download the software.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Davide D.

Scholarship management website

2018-11-21

Pros

The website does its job by assisting and managing in the process of offering scholarships. It is easy to use and very intuitive.

Cons

A little too expensive. If it was cheaper maybe even colleges with less economical availability would be able to afford it

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jonathan G.

Academic Works has revolutionized our scholarship process!!

2017-05-04

Pros

We love the software because it is easy to use, and has revolutionized our process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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