Program Management Services

ISTS is the industry leader in scholarship, tuition and loan contribution program management. Since 1985, we have managed programs awarding more than $400 million in funding and helped over 6 million students apply for educational assistance.

Whether you need to outsource your scholarship program to a management expert or your company needs help administering a tuition assistance or loan repayment program, our experienced team will design, launch and monitor your program to ensure your program objectives are accomplished.


Learn more about the types of programs we manage:

Scholarship applicant
ISTS manages the entire scholarship process for diverse organizations, from corporate foundations and state agencies to public charities, membership organizations, religious groups and private donors.
Tuition Program applicants
We pride ourselves on being a critical partner in tuition assistance or reimbursement program that are an essential part of the benefits package our clients use to recruit and retain your employees.
Loan Repayment applicant
If your target hiring pool is Millennials or recent grads, we can help you create and manage a student loan repayment benefit that makes your company more appealing to a younger workforce.

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our clients

ISTS is proud to serve a diverse portfolio of program sponsors, including Fortune 500 companies, national associations, public charities, state agencies and private foundations. Here’s what some of our clients had to say about their ISTS experience:



[ISTS staff] bring a wealth of experience and energy to our work with the Apple Pathways Academy. They consistently deliver above our high expectations and offer solutions that are uniquely tailored to our needs. We look forward to deepening our partnership in the coming years.
– Apple Inc.


They’re organized, professional, prompt to respond to questions, and clearly value their clients.
International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers


ISTS delivers excellent service to our scholars as well as service that is often above and beyond for our CSR team and other segments that have started scholarship programs. Our Program [Administrator] goes out of his way to ensure we are always taken care of and provides us with the expertise and guidance that allows us as a company to provide amazing scholarship opportunities.
Disney Worldwide Services

Kroger logo

The Kroger Co. Foundation transitioned our Kroger Scholars scholarship program administrator to ISTS from another company in 2018. ISTS has helped The Kroger Co. Foundation update its processes, reporting and awards distribution. With a professional and friendly staff, we refreshed our program and have received positive feedback from our applicants. Thank you, ISTS Team!
Kroger Foundation

Mustang Machinery logo

I love how they promote a partnership and offer exceptional customer service. I also love how they recognize their team members.
– Mustang Machinery Company

Chicago Housing Authority S2S logo

Friendly and professional staff who work very well with us as a client. A great partner who supports us to administer to an excellent scholarship program.
– Chicago Housing Authority

Elks National Foundation

Wonderful easy-to-use platform for our applicants with plenty of customer support for questions and issues that arise. We love working with our Program Administrator to set up our application and manage our program each year.
– Elks National Foundation

Ascend Federal Credit Union

I love that they’re headquartered in Tennessee! I appreciate the assistance they offer with our scholarship program and the quick responses to any questions.
– Ascend Federal Credit Union

ASME logo

The services provided, the attention to details and suggestions for improvement and overall management of the program. ISTS recently worked with us to update the process and access to the student application as we migrated to a new single sign-on verification platform.
– The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Scarlett Family Foundation logo

The customer-first attitude! Help is always available, attention to detail is always paid. I can trust that our program is in good, reliable hands.
Scarlett Family Foundation

Sogndal Fjord logo

Easy to work with and easy systems to learn. Great teamwork and accountability from employees.
– Sogndal Fjord


I like the accessibility of the assigned Rep and the response time to questions. Our program operated under the Co-Op Model for the first time this year and it seemed to work really well. Our Rep was fantastic at explanations and assistance with requests.
– Tennessee State Employees Association

sponsor resources

Are you just starting an educational assistance program? Do you want to make a greater impact with an existing program? Are you interested in how other education programs make the most of their charitable dollars? Our resource library can help!

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