Member Testimonials

My institution’s membership in NSPA has provided an incredible network of scholarship providers. Most higher education institutions have many academic researchers, many admissions professionals, many financial aid professionals, many fundraising professionals, but only one or two scholarship professionals. It is often difficult to find scholarship peers or professional development education targeting scholarship professionals. Connecting to my scholarship colleagues through NSPA keeps me informed of how other institutions address and solve challenges that we all face. NSPA’s conference is the only conference I’m aware of that annually offers three days of learning and sharing exclusively on relevant scholarship topics. Plus it helps me keep up with what the competition is doing! I take away ideas on technology use, funds management or communication techniques from each conference and colleague discussion. Thanks NSPA! 

Helen Carter, M.Ed.

Associate Director TTU Scholarships & Financial Aid

Texas Tech University Scholarship Office


Being a member of NSPA provides our organization with the opportunity to collaborate and interact with other scholarship providers, ensuring our program remains current and relevant. I have met so many great people through our membership with NSPA—all of who are more than willing to share insights, experiences, and best practices. Our program would not be where it is today without the support of the NSPA staff and its members. Membership cost is low and the value is significant.

 Jeanna Adams

Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

We find our membership in NSPA to be a valuable asset and are pleased to support your ongoing work.
 Thank you for the work you do on behalf of scholarship providers, and for the benefit of students. We are pleased to be a part of your good work.

 Yvonne Moody

Executive Director

The Terry Foundation

  We’ve been members of NSPA since our program started in 2004. As members, we have benefited greatly from our regular attendance at the yearly national conference and recent regional conferences. The staff at NSPA has been a tremendous help in providing us guidance and support as our program strategy has evolved over time. NSPA has also facilitated the strong connections we have made with our peers across the scholarship industry. NSPA is an invaluable resource for new and established scholarship programs looking to stay on top of the latest research and trends in college financing and completion.   

Oscar Sweeten-Lopez

Portfolio Director, Scholars

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation


The greatest benefit of the NSPA is in the sharing of information and ideas. It is exponentially helpful to see things from a 360 degree field of view; from the provider point of view, the student, and the schools perspective. Secondary in benefit would be the networking aspect of NSPA. Having a framework of professionals that one can communicate with on various topics and to bounce ideas off of and garner opinions and feedback from, is priceless.

Joe Wilcox
Scholarship Coordinator
University of Texas, Austin

My membership with the NSPA provides opportunities to enhance my abilities to serve in my capacity as an administrator of a scholarship program. I continue to learn and share best practices with colleagues and I am kept abreast of technical and legal issues in the industry. The NSPA's value is proven by its commitment to improve access to higher education.

Dawn LaPierre
Education Officer
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts


The 2015 NSPA Conference was the best professional conference I've ever attended. I received enormous value from the sessions and from the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country. I left inspired and with a new level of engagement in my work, particularly with regard to the role that scholarships play in social and racial justice.


I benefited so much from  attending the conference. I have enjoyed coming back to the  office and implementing new ideas generated from NSPA which will better serve our Scholars! 

I learned so much from the  presenters,  the breakout sessions, and in speaking with other  scholarship providers and schools.

I’ve attended NSPA conferences  for nearly 10 years and I learn something new and exciting each time to improve our scholarship program. The wonderful connections I make with others working toward the same goal of an educated  society is an additional bonus.

Although this was my first NSPA conference, I thought it was put on very well and the lectures and workshops were incredibly useful.

NSPA is my favorite conference of the year and each year I learn so much to take back to my organization and program.

Great job on this conference! This was my first time attending the NSPA conference and I found it very valuable and enjoyable. Thank you!

I am very impressed with the staff of NSPA.  They are professional, responsive, informed and committed to providing the best information available on facilitating scholarships.  I heartily congratulate them for a conference that was worth my time and the Foundation's resources on my behalf.

I greatly enjoyed the conference, meeting colleagues, attending inspiring and informative sessions, and working to equalize education. The amount of hard work, consideration, and effort the NSPA staff put in to the conference was evident and outstanding. Thank you for all of your hard work!

The keynotes were excellent and the conference provided a great opportunity to network.


Wonderful 1st time experience! Great learning and great connections.


The sessions were awesome! I walked away from each one with an action item or new perspective on my own work. 


Great sessions and experience. My favorite conference!

Great to speak with fellow scholarship providers. Everyone was there to learn or help. Great atmosphere.

Great to be with a positive group of people and the sessions and variety of topics were outstanding!


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