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National Scholarship Providers Association Receives Grant to Strengthen Resources for Scholarship Providers

BOULDER, CO. (December 12, 2014) –The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) announced it is the recipient of a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to strengthen resources for scholarship providers. This investment in the NSPA will further develop and strengthen membership programs and services, provide a stronger national voice for scholarship providers through research and advocacy, and support NSPA’s future success through building its infrastructure.

View the full release here: Grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

2015 Board of Directors

The membership of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) voted to approve a new board member and new officers to serve on the 2015 NSPA Board of Directors.
See the press release here.

Save the date! The 2015 NSPA Annual Conference will be in Charleston, SC, from October 12-14

Filing the FAFSA

The 2015-2016 edition of the bestselling book, Filing the FAFSA, the Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is now available for free download at No personal information is required to download.

Resources for Scholarship Programs from the NSPA


Award Displacement Talking Points
The NSPA has compiled talking points on award displacement to help students and families understand this issue. Anyone can reproduce these documents without permission, so please share with your colleagues!


National Report:
Private Scholarships Count



White Paper:
Award Displacement

Private Scholarships Count:
Access to Higher Education and
the Critical Role of the Private Sector
Click here to read report. 


Impact of Award
Displacement on Students
and their Families: Recommendations for
Colleges, Universities, Policymakers and
Scholarship Providers.
Click here to read.


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Scholarship Resources


Free Online Resources from
Pathways to College Network



NSPA Leading the Way

The National Scholarship Providers Association is the only national organization dedicated solely to supporting the needs of professionals administering scholarships in colleges and universities, non-profits, foundations, and businesses.
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NSPA 2013 - 2015 Strategic Business Plan 

NSPA Member Highlights

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

"For more than a decade, the NSPA has provided the Cooke Foundation with a community of peers from which to learn and grow. We have fostered connections with other scholarship providers, brought back new ideas from the annual conference, and reached out to colleagues as we sought to continually improve our programs." – Harold Levy, Executive Director

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides exceptionally high-performing students who have financial need the largest scholarships in the country. Because the Foundation believes that high-performing, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation offers them support from middle school to graduate school by providing “last dollar” scholarships of up to $40,000 per year, in-depth academic counseling, and other direct services. The Foundation also provides grants to prominent initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students with innovative programming.

The Foundation is developing a range of new strategies to attract more qualified applicants to its scholarship programs, expand the use of technology in college advising, and help close the “excellence gap,” the disparity between academic achievement at the top end of the ability distribution and low-income students. Some recent projects include a partnership with the College Board to expand outreach efforts to identify high-achieving, low-income students, as well as a partnership with EdX, an online joint venture between Harvard University and MIT, to identify advanced middle school students using challenging MOOCs (massive open online courses).

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation and is among the largest scholarship foundations in the country. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $125 million in scholarships to 1,800 students and $79 million in grants.

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Program Associate for Scholar and Alumni Engagement
The Ford Family Foundation
Eugene, OR
(Posted 1/30/15)

Member Services Associate
National Partnership for Educational Access
Boston, MA
(Posted 1/16/15)

Chief Executive Officer

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(Posted 12/12/14)

Scholarship Program Assessment Consultant

The Oregon Community Foundation
Portland, OR
(Posted 11/21/14)

Executive Director
The Hartford Promise
Hartford, CT
(Posted 11/21/14)

Program Coordinator
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Indianapolis, IN
(Posted 11/14/14)

Senior Manager, Earl Woods Scholarship Program

The Tiger Woods Foundation
Anaheim, CA
(Posted 9/30/14)

Program Coordinator, Higher Ed

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Lansdowne, VA
(Posted 9/17/14)

College Program Coordinator
Simon Family Foundation
San Clemente, CA
(Posted 7/23/14)

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