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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

National Partnership for Educational Access

“As a peer membership association in the field of education, we value our shared commitment to helping underrepresented students access and succeed in college and appreciate NSPA’s unique perspective on scholarship providers in the field. NSPA has been a great resource for sharing professional development opportunities and industry news and announcements. We often find it helpful to connect with NSPA staff to exchange association best practices and refine our own member services and offerings.” – Karin Elliott, Executive Director

NPEA is a membership association dedicated to promoting quality, success, and growth amongst member organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and other associations committed to educational access. Through professional development, information sharing, research and data analysis, and the dissemination of best practices, NPEA is working towards a day when all students have equal access to high-quality education and opportunities for college and beyond. We currently have over 300 members in 33 states, including more than 1200 professionals working in the field of education.

Among our member benefits, we hold a national conference each year in different cities across the country. This year’s conference will take place on April 16-17, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA and will focus on Improving Outcomes: 360° Perspectives on Educational Access. The field of educational access is continuously changing and evolving with new resources, policies, trends, and research. The recent White House efforts to increase FAFSA completion, support young men of color, and encourage greater commitment to supporting underrepresented students have highlighted a national focus on access and success. As professionals, it is essential we have a robust understanding of all aspects of the field and are well poised to positively impact student achievement and improve outcomes. The 7th annual NPEA conference presents a unique opportunity for committed professionals and thought leaders from a range of settings across the K-16 pipeline to discuss and share best practices for supporting underrepresented students on their path to and through college. Our keynote speakers include: 
· Joshua Aronson, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University;
· Wil Haygood, Author, The Butler: A Witness to History. Wil Haygood is a first generation college graduate, Washington Post journalist, and author of The Butler: A Witness to History; and 
· Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD), University of Pennsylvania

Learn more about the NPEA conference here.
Register to attend here.
Early bird rates are available through March 13. You can learn more about other member benefits here

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Job Board

Scholarship Coordinator
Community College of Denver
Denver, CO
(Posted 2/26/15)

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)

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)

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