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Amy Weinstein, Executive Director


As executive director of the National Scholarship Providers Association, Amy Weinstein leads the effort to advance the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. She is the strategist and driving force behind NSPA’s initiatives to support professionals in scholarships and college completion. Amy is passionate about working toward equity in access to and funding of higher education and supporting students to complete their academic goals. Higher education changed Ms. Weinstein’s life in many positive ways.

Ms. Weinstein’s served in many capacities throughout her career in higher education. Prior to her role at the National Scholarship Providers Association, she served as the assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her tenure there, Ms. Weinstein proudly served as the vice president of the campus chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Previously, Ms. Weinstein worked at the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado, as the scholarship coordinator and assistant director of public education. 

Ms. Weinstein holds an M.A. in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Colorado at Denver and a B.A. in Native American studies at the University of California at Davis. 

Ms. Weinstein is a native of Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys the spending time in the mountains with her husband and their two dogs Delilah and Maceo. 



Maggie Brubaker, Membership and Programs Manager 


Maggie brings a diverse background to NSPA. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit and education institutions throughout her career. Her experiences include working as a Director of Community Initiatives at Pikes Peak United Way, a Resident Manager for CU Boulder, a university instructor, and an elementary school teacher. 

Maggie completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Geography at Penn State University. She also spent a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar researching energy policy.

Maggie enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband and two children. Her family loves all types of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, biking, and hiking. Originally from Poland, Maggie continues to enjoy exploring new places.



Erika Orsulak, Communications Coordinator


Erika has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 16 years. Most recently she was the Program Director, then Deputy Director, at NSPA Member organization Washington Women in Need (WWIN), where she helped to provide grant funding to hundreds of low-income women in Washington state each year. At WWIN, Erika consistently looked to NSPA as a trusted and valuable resource in helping to improve programs and services. Erika is thrilled to be at NSPA and looking forward to creating and sharing compelling and relevant communications with Members. 

Erika has a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree from Macalester College. 

Erika loves to spend time outside and is an avid skier, hiker, and cyclist. She also enjoys cooking, knitting, and practicing yoga.



Amanda Benson, Office and Operations Coordinator 


Amanda is an enthusiastic and resourceful individual.  She has worked in the Customer Service and Administrative Field for 10+ years.  She is currently attending Red Rocks Community College and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology. 


Amanda has gained a wealth of knowledge about Non-Profits, Project Development, Communications, and Event Planning through her volunteer work and holding office in various organizations including the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, the Jefferson County Parent Teacher Association, the Jefferson County Special Education Advisory Committee and Boy Scouts of America.


Amanda was born and raised in Colorado but has traveled much of the United States. She enjoys spending time reading, camping, swimming and spending time with with her sons and dog.




National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit, member association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. It was established in 1999 by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Fastweb.com, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Scholarship America to facilitate the creation of scholarship best practices, encourage professional development, and establish cooperative relationships among scholarship providers.

NSPA grew out of a need Fastweb observed after launching its scholarship matching site in 1995. As the Fastweb database grew, it became apparent the scholarship industry was lacking a forum for scholarship providers to collaborate and network with each other, as well as a cohesive voice for the industry. Fastweb hosted a small conference in Chicago, IL that brought together some of the country’s largest and most well-known scholarship providers, including the other three founding members, with the goal of sharing best practices. In 1999, Fastweb provided the finances to formally launch NSPA and hire a part-time consultant as its executive director. NSPA continued to hold annual conferences, and in 2004 its founding members came together to hire a full-time executive director and moved the organization from Chicago, IL to Denver, CO, where a board member offered office space at the Daniels Fund. NSPA moved to its own offices in Boulder, CO in 2009 and currently employs three full-time staff, who work to grow NSPA membership, programming, and national presence.

Today, NSPA is dedicated to supporting the needs of professionals administering scholarships in post-secondary institutions, private and community foundations, public charities, as well as corporate and government programs. NSPA's 370+ member organizations from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas give over 350,000 scholarships amounting to over a billion dollars each year. Along with the 850+ scholarship professionals in its membership network, NSPA works to develop standards for scholarship administration, conduct research to understand the depth and breadth of the scholarship industry, create professional resources for its members, encourage the development of scholarship programs, and advocate changes in policy. These programs assist students in paying for college, as well as improve college access and completion rates. The NSPA Annual Conference is the convergence of the scholarship industry bringing over 375 diverse scholarship funders together for three days of networking and learning.

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