Scholarship Provider of the Year Awards (SPOY)

Call for nominations


Apply or nominate an NSPA member for the 2016 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award! This prestigious award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in their support of higher education. Two outstanding scholarship providers are selected each year for this honor in the following two categories:


● College and University Providers – post-secondary educational institution providing scholarships for study at the institution. 


●  Independent Scholarship Providers – scholarship organizations run by a private or public foundation, unaffiliated with a specific college or university. 


Each award recipient will receive a $2,500 cash prize sponsored by Fastweb, the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school and a top site in the Monster Worldwide Network. NSPA and Fastweb have collaborated on this award for 16 years.


Applications must be submitted by August 8, 2016 in the Independent Scholarship Providers category and by August 15, 2016 in the Colleges and Universities category. NSPA members are encouraged to apply on behalf of their own organization at one of the following links:


● Independent Scholarship Providers

● Colleges and Universities


Nominations must be submitted by July 29, 2016. We encourage NSPA members to recognize the achievements of their colleagues by nominating other member organizations. If you'd like to nominate an organization, please do so at this link:


● Nominate an Organization


The winners will be announced at the NSPA 2016 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Monday, October 10th at the Welcome Reception. Applicants/nominees do not need to be present to win.



● Organizations must be current members of the National Scholarship Providers Association and in good standing.
● Previous winners and current NSPA Board Members are not eligible.



● $2,500 cash prize donated by Fastweb to the general scholarship fund of the winning organization
● Recognition at the 2016 NSPA Annual Conference
● Recognition on the conference schedule and program
● Recognition on the NSPA website
● A plaque for display
● An invitation to present a session at the 2017 NSPA Annual Conference
● Opportunity to select future SPOY winners


For further information please contact Maggie Brubaker at or 303-442-2524.



2015 Scholarship Provider of the Year winners

George snow scholarship foundation  
northern illinois university

BOULDER, CO. (October 29, 2015) – National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) awarded 2015 Scholarship Provider of the Year (SPOY) Awards in two categories, recognizing outstanding scholarship practices in higher education. This year’s recipients, George Snow Scholarship Fund in the Independent Scholarship Providers category and Northern Illinois University in the Colleges and Universities category, were recognized at the NSPA Annual Conference in Charleston, SC.

"Scholarship Provider of the Year Award winners are chosen by a committee of their peers and exemplify innovative and effective scholarship practices that have positively impacted the ability of their scholars to access and be successful in higher education,” commented Amy Weinstein, Executive Director of NSPA. “NSPA members work to design their scholarship programs and student support services in strategic ways. This year’s winners have proven their programs to be exceptional at helping students achieve their educational goals.”

Two scholarship providers selected for the annual honor receive a $2500 cash prize sponsored by Fastweb, the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school and a top site in the Monster Worldwide network. Organizations must be current members of NSPA to be considered for the award.

Weinstein said, “These prestigious awards have been supported by for 16 years, and the NSPA is grateful for their contributions to quality scholarship programming." 

The George Snow Scholarship Fund honors George Snow, a man who always remembered the importance of education and during his lifetime was active in trying to help individuals who were trying to help themselves. What began as a memorial to one man has grown into a community of individuals and companies who share the belief that education is the key to a better life, a better community and a better country.

Since its inception the Fund has awarded over 7.3 million dollars in educational grants. In the year 2015 alone, the Scholarship Fund awarded $615,791.15 in scholarships and scholar support services to 67 students. This level of support places the Fund as one of Palm Beach County’s largest sources of educational grants. The Fund aims to grant at least one award to each public high school in Palm Beach County.

Northern Illinois University has many merit, talent, need, and service based scholarship programs and has decentralized units that are responsible for scholarship administration of each program. One specific program called "Huskie Service Scholars" is run out of the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning. Huskie Service Scholars (HSS) is a program that strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables first year students to engage in service work on campus and in the community. The program aims to provide support to first generation or low income students through mentoring, training, and funding. A total of 24 students are assigned to one of six internal NIU offices in teams of four, consisting of one Peer Mentor and three incoming first generation or low income students. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, each student completes 300 hours of community service to NIU and the wider community based on the interests and needs of their campus partner office.

About Fastweb:

Fastweb, a top site in the Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW) career network, is the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school, by providing scholarship and financial aid information, as well as information on jobs and internships. One out of three college-bound seniors use the site, and more than 50 million users have benefited from Fastweb’s information and services. Fastweb lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against its expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. As the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service, the database has more than 1.5 million scholarships totaling over $3.4 billion. To learn more about Fastweb, visit and follow on Twitter at @PayingForSchool.


 Past winners

Scholarship Provider Winner
Institutional Winner
2015   George Snow Scholarship Fund   Northern Illinois University
2014   Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund   Red Rocks Community College Foundation
2013   WGA's Evans Scholars Foundation   CU Boulder Guardian Scholars
2012   Center for Student Opportunity/I'm First   Magic Johnson Foundation - Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program
2011   10,000 Degrees
University of Michigan - Scholarship Program Office of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
2010   Terry Foundation   University of Southern Mississippi - Luckyday Foundation Citizen Scholars Program
2009   Simon Scholars Program   Auburn University - Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) Retention Program
2008   Dell Scholars Program (Michael and Susan Dell Foundation)   Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
2007   Point Foundation   The Ford Family Foundation
2006   Orphan Foundation of America (now Foster Care to Success (FC2S))   Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
2005   American Indian Graduate Center   Robert Morris College
2004   Jack Kent Cooke Foundation   University of Texas, Austin
2003   TELACU Education Foundation   N/A
2002   American Indian College Fund   Kent State University
2001   Oregon Student Assistance Commission   Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America (now Scholarship America)
2000   American Cancer Society, Florida Division, Inc.   The Fremont Area Foundation

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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