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

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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.

Thank you 2015 Conference Sponsors!
NSPA would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their support and leadership:
--Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
--Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
--Daniels Fund
--Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates
--Horatio Alger Association
--The Ford Family Foundation
--Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion
--TD Scholarships
--Common Grant Application
--Elks National Foundation
--Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
--The Terry Foundation
--The University of Southern Mississippi
--California Community Foundation

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the 2015 Annual Conference, please click here for more information. Many sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available to feature your organization as a leader in the scholarship profession. If you are not interested in a full sponsorship, there are other options to share information about your program, including space in the conference app or printed program. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Brubaker at

Keynote Speaker: Ron Clark

Lift Up Your Scholars
As a K-12 educator who has been nationally recognized for his work with students, Ron Clark will share his proven strategies of engaging low-income, high achieving students. Some scholarship recipients who fit this description have a difficult time in po
st-secondary environments and don't complete their education despite the financial support. In his high-energy and passionate presentation, Mr. Clark will discuss support ideas that scholarship providers can offer to help students get to and through college.

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


Pre-Conference Session
October 11, 12-4pm
$125 additional, includes lunch

The Race Institute for Scholarship Providers

Presented 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

NSPA has secured a second block of rooms .4 miles away at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront
35 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
Local Tel: 843-722-7229

Two Queens - $174
One King - $164

Call 1-800-321-2211 and use the code NSP.


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.


To and from the airport:
NSPA has secured a group rate through Julian's Transportation Service. The cost is $15 for 3 or more people and $30 for 1-2 people. Please contact Julian's Transportation Service directly with your flight information to arrange your pick-up.

Around town:
The Charleston Marriott shuttle drops guests off at Vendue Range (just a couple blocks from the Pineapple Fountain in downtown Charleston). The shuttle picks up at the hotel every hour and half hour. It picks up from downtown every 15 and 45 minutes after each hour. The first shuttle leaves the hotel at 8am and the last pickup downtown is at 10:45pm. Tickets are available at the front desk for $6/person/day and are good for the full day.

Other options:
Please visit the hotel webpage for additional transportation information.

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.

Session Tracks

CC = Cultural Competency

CU = Colleges and Universities

ES = Experienced Scholarship Professionals

OL = Open Learning

SB = Scholarship Basics

SS = Student Support Services


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.

Welcome Address from Ms. Anita Zucker

Ms. Anita Zucker is the Chair and CEO of The Intertech Group, Inc. and has been a leader in the Charleston area and throughout South Carolina. She is widely recognized for her dedication to education. We are delighted to have Ms. Zucker welcome us to Charleston on Monday, October 12 at 8:45am.

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