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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.

Read the blog post by NSPA's Executive Director, Amy Weinstein, on why it is important to complete the FAFSA, here.

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

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

“The NSPA has been an invaluable resource to the SVCF scholarships team. It is the only membership organization that I know of that focuses on meeting the needs of scholarship providers from various sectors, which allows these groups to cross-share information and learn from one another to better serve scholarship recipients. The toolkit, webinars and annual conference have helped us stay abreast of best practices and trends for scholarship providers. Because each of the programs we administer has unique eligibility, the myriad of resources that NSPA provides have often helped us tailor those programs to meet our donor’s philanthropic goals.” - Lisa M. Alvarez, Scholarships Officer

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has $6.5 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at

At SVCF, we believe that a good education is key to a bright future. We offer more than 40 different scholarships, with awards up to $40,000. Since 2007, our scholarship programs have awarded more than $8.7 million to help students pursue higher education.

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Scholarship Programs Assistant
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Alexandria, VA
(Posted 3/24/15)

Assistant Director
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria
Alexandria, VA
(Posted 3/12/15)

National FAFSA Completion Strategy Manager

National College Access Network
Washington, DC
(Posted 3/12/15)

Director of Undergraduate Scholars Program

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Atlanta, GA
(Posted 3/6/15)

Reisher Expansion and Program Support Specialist

The Denver Foundation
Denver, CO
(Posted 2/17/15)

Development Manager/Director

Islamic Scholarship Fund
Berkeley, CA
(Posted 2/17/15)

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)

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