Structuring Scholarships for Women and Students of Color in a Shifting Legal Landscape



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Protect the reputation of your institution and the donor against legal or political scrutiny.


When donors want to establish a scholarship for the two federally protected class groups that receive the most legal scrutiny--women and students of color--your advancement shop must navigate risk in a way that doesn’t scare away donors or distract from their intent. It’s necessary to understand the shifting legal landscape affecting scholarships for these protected class groups.   

 Join us online to learn how to establish scholarships for women and students of color that abide by federal guidelines.  In this training, you’ll learn how to conduct a thorough review process of your current gift agreements to help protect the reputation of your institution and donors against legal or political scrutiny.    

 To apply these strategies to your context, you will have the opportunity to share your own examples of scholarships for women and students of color ahead of time. Some examples will be showcased during the training to highlight what language to include or exclude to mitigate risk best. 


Who Should Attend

If you are responsible for developing and maintaining gift agreements for scholarships and want to assess or reassess your current contracts with the latest knowledge in how scholarships for women and students of color have been affected by the shifting legal landscape, this training is for you. Professionals in advancement services or donor relations who manage gift agreements are encouraged to attend, individually or as a team.   



September 30, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Our expert instructor will cover the following to best ensure that your scholarships for women and students of color are structured in accordance with current federal guidelines: 


How the Shifting Legal Landscape is Affecting Scholarships 

Scholarships for women and students of color have recently been targeted for being potentially violative of Title IX. The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in the previous administration was receptive to these complaints and opened investigations into institutions creating scholarships for women and students of color. Learn the federal guidelines affecting these scholarships and how the current Office for Civil Rights may approach these complaints. 



How to Approach a Thorough Review of Your Current Scholarships 

Developing an accurate and efficient process to review your current gift agreements to help you know when it’s necessary to rewrite existing scholarships for women and students of color can be a cumbersome process. Learn how you can approach a gift agreement review process that provides you with the results you want. 



How to Effectively Write a New Scholarship 

It is prudent for institutions to use careful and creative language while drafting gift agreements for scholarships for women and students of color while flux remains in the interpretation of the law. Learn the type of criteria to include and exclude in your scholarships to protect your institution from potential legal liability. 


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Julian R. Williams, J.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of South Carolina

Julian R. Williams was appointed as the University of South Carolina’s first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in June 2020. In this role he serves as the university’s Chief Diversity Officer and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). Reporting directly to the President, the VP/DEI is responsible for providing vision and leadership for diversity and inclusion efforts across the university. This role capitalizes on the varied ways DEI are and can be embedded in the university’s curriculum, infrastructure, policies, and programs.

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