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2015 NSPA Annual Conference
Charleston, South Carolina
October 12-14

Weaving Cultural Awareness into Scholarship Administration:
Celebrating Differences and Fostering Communication

The NSPA Annual Conference is the convergence of the scholarship profession, the intersection of diverse scholarship funders including institutions, foundations, public charities, and corporations. It unites over 400 scholarship professionals from across the United States and Canada for two and a half days of learning, networking, and sharing.

NSPA members receive $100 off registration - Join today!

Registration opens in June
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Call for Conference Proposals

The NSPA is seeking relevant and engaging sessions for its 2015 Annual Conference. Proposals are due by June 15Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

The NSPA is pleased to announce the 2015 Keynote Speaker: 


Ron Clark

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
Show your support as an industry leader and advocate of the critical role that scholarships and scholarship providers play in college funding, access, and success by sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the NSPA 2015 Conference. Click here for more information.

Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator.” His outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.


Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

Other Special Sessions:


Sunday, 10/11
12 - 4pm

Monday, 10/12
8am - 6:45pm

Tuesday, 10/13
8am - 5:30pm

Wednesday, 10/14
8am - 12:30pm


Race Institute for Scholarship Providers

Pre-conference session by Ali Michael and Edward Smith from the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

All conference events will take place at the
Charleston Marriott Hotel
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403

Click here to reserve your room in the NSPA group block



Challenges After College Admission

General session by Chana Joffe-Walt and Jonathan Gonzalez of WBEZ in Chicago’s This American Life radio show ( and Michelle Asha Cooper, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Session Tracks

-Cultural Competency

-Colleges and Universities

-Experienced Scholarship Professionals

-Scholarship Basics

-Student Support Services

-Open Track

The Role of Non-Cognitive Competencies in College Student Retention

Graduation and Helping Students Improve Performance Competencies

Cultural competency sessions by Jonathan Brennan, a national expert in high school and college student success.


The Art and Practice of Collaboration: Building Consensus in Multi-Stakeholder Groups

Group Facilitation Skills

Professional development sessions by Sam Kaner, one of the nation’s leading experts on collaborative decision-making, and Nelli Noakes, Senior Organization Development Consultant with Community at Work.

Evaluation Strategies for Limited Budgets; Jumping Into Evaluation

Assessing Your Organization’s Readiness to Conduct Evaluation

Helping Move the Process Along

Evaluation sessions by Irene Goodman and Colleen Manning from the Goodman Research Group, Inc.

Please contact Maggie Brubaker with any questions at