About the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation
The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation supports the dreams and aspirations of outstanding graduating high school seniors with merit-based, need-based scholarships and continuing educational support as they pursue their bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice.
Endowed by the estate of railroad magnate George Pullman, the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation has been keeping the American Dream of education on track for Chicago-area students since 1950. As one of the oldest scholarship foundations, the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation has ensured equitable access to higher education by awarding nearly $32M in scholarships.
Role & Responsibilities of the Scholarship Program Manager
The scholarship program manager is a part of a small, hardworking staff dedicated to the mission of the Foundation and passionate about helping students fulfill their dreams of earning a college degree and growing academically, personally, and professionally. In this capacity, the scholarship program manager is directly responsible for the successful promotion and management of the scholarship program. S/he oversees the recruitment, selection, and programming for current scholars, and builds and maintains close relationships with scholars throughout their college careers, assisting them on a regular basis to ensure their academic success.
S/he administers all aspects of the scholarship program including the online application, the scholar selection process, and processing applications.
S/he is the Foundation’s liaison, promoting the scholarship opportunity to school districts, charter schools, and community-based organizations throughout Cook County, IL, and managing communication between the Foundation’s current scholars and their colleges.
S/he is responsible for tracking scholar progress and ensuring current scholars are meeting the requirements necessary to maintain their scholarships and remain in good standing with the Foundation.
S/he is responsible for organizing and executing the annual Pullman Scholar Symposium—the Foundation’s signature event.
S/he researches and educates the Foundation’s board and staff on trends in higher education.
S/he writes articles for the Foundation’s blog and newsletters, and maintains scholar data and records.
S/he also manages program interns by conducting orientations, scheduling assignments, and monitoring intern program contributions.
S/he performs other duties as needed and assigned.
The Pullman Foundation believes in a team-based approach, and the scholarship manager’s work will span the entire organization.
Basic Requirements: A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three (3) years of related experience is required, as is a familiarity and understanding of higher education, student affairs, academic support, financial aid or closely-related environment. Competent using all aspects of Microsoft Office, online survey development cloud-based software and databases, and social media tools like Constant Contact, Facebook and Twitter. Requires excellent writing skills, presentation and communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task and efficiently and effectively manage one’s time. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the executive director of the Foundation.
Interested applicants, please forward a resume, a cover letter communicating your interest in the position, a writing sample, and your salary history, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org (please address your letter to HR and use the subject line: "Scholarship Program Manager Position").
The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation supports the dreams and aspirations of outstanding graduating high school students with merit-based, need-based scholarships and continuing educational support, as they pursue their bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice.