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:

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.
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.
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, community foundations, state agencies and private foundations.

As experts in the field with clients across the globe, ISTS provides SYF with the thought partnership, knowledge and data analysis, and capacity we require to execute a robust and competitive scholarship program. We are sincerely grateful to ISTS for being such a trusted partner in SYF’s effort to help at-risk students begin new journeys previously thought unattainable! – Lauren Rapp, Simon Youth Foundation

I truly cannot say enough about the staff and how seamlessly we developed a strong working relationship with them. They are incredibly responsive to addressing questions, concerns or providing direction and oversight to situations. I would highly recommend ISTS as a provider for scholarships for any organization! – Michele L. Sullivan, National FFA Organization

We needed a business partner to handle all aspects of our program as we did not have the in-house expertise to do so and that’s exactly what ISTS has done. They helped us design our initial application parameters and their online application process was just what we needed. Over the years we added online chat capability and have them produce several custom reports for us. In addition to these tangible offerings, they provide our program and our applicants impeccable customer service. – Glenda Allred, State of Alabama

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!
Sunny Reelhorn Parr, Kroger Foundation

From the initial contact, through planning, implementation and rollout, the ISTS team was dedicated in ensuring that the transition from our previous platform ran very smoothly. […] ISTS’ dedication to satisfying their customers remains to this day and I can always count on the ISTS team to address our inquiries and needs immediately. As we look at expanding our current program, we look forward to a continuing partnership with ISTS to help us support our team members in enhancing their lives through higher education. – April Ty, Sunrise Senior Living

We have been a client of ISTS since 2005. Over time they have worked closely with us to adjust our process to meet the needs of our applicants and to maximize emerging technologies such as social media. Their customer service is outstanding. ISTS handles interactions with our scholarship applicants and recipients as if they were an employee of our foundation. I trust ISTS implicitly and consider them a valued member of our team. – Tom Parrish, Scarlett Family Foundation

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!

Award Displacement: What Program Sponsors Need To Know

The essentials of award displacement including how to help your recipients understand and mitigate it and what’s being done to combat the practice at the legislative level.

Top Data Privacy Practices & Protocols

In the spirit of National Data Privacy Day – established in the United States in 2014 and recognized each year on January 28 – we are sharing the top 5 critical practices and protocols we use to protect client and student data.