Breakouts and Workshops - Wednesday
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Breakouts and Workshop Sessions - Wednesday

4.6 - Emergency Aid Programs: Small Grants. Right Time. Big Impact.
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45pm-11am

Description: Does your organization or school provide an emergency aid program to help students when they are faced with unforeseen financial emergencies? More and more emergency aid programs are being offered as an additional tool to provide the necessary support to students so they persist and complete their degree programs. In this session we will talk about how “just-in-time” small grants can make a big impact for student success. Research supports there is a need for emergency aid programs and that they are effective; however, there are challenges that come with them. We’ll also discuss lessons learned and best practices for offering an emergency aid program.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. understand the need and impact of emergency aid programs, and how they are a critical piece of creating more effective scholarship and educational support programs, 2. learn some best practices for emergency aid programs, and 3. see how emergency aid programs complement, not replace the other assistance students receive (scholarships, financial aid, etc.).

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Mimi Daly Larson, Scholarship America

8.1 - Demystifying Award Displacement
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: This session will illustrate key differences between federal regulations and institutional policies regarding award displacement. Reviewing standard financial aid terminology, understanding how institutions determine financial need, and discussing different packaging philosophies will provide the foundation for constructive solutions. Learning more about award displacement and why it occurs can also increase collaboration between providers and institutions in order to maximize award benefits for students. We will provide tangible takeaways that enhance the scholarship awarding and payment process in order to help students receive the maximum benefit of their scholarship awards.

Takeaways:  The presentation will offer concrete tips and tricks for audience members to apply at their respective organizations and institutions. Creative solutions and suggestions involving flexibility within established guidelines will provide ways to ultimately maximize the value of scholarship dollars for students.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Sharon Beers, UNC-Chapel Hill
Tammy Dozier, UNC-Chapel Hill

8.2 - Picking and Prepping the Pickers
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: The success of scholar selection hinges on the assessments of thoughtfully selected and properly trained readers and interviewers. It is vital first to select “pickers” who appreciate your program’s mission and understand the selection criteria and process, and then to “prep” them to rate applications appropriately and to craft discerning interviews. These presenters have administered 7 scholars programs at 6 organizations, and will present best practices and lessons learned for “picking” and “prepping” the alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders we entrust with the important responsibility of selecting the next generation of scholars.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. learn best practices for developing selection criteria and processes and 2. learn best practices for recruiting and training readers and interviewers. If time allows, we can brainstorm strong application and interview questions. We will spend considerable time generating additional ideas from participants to further enhance these best practices.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Eva Feucht, Park Scholarships, NC State University
Chaffee Viets, Stamps President's Scholars Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jamie Williams, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

8.3 - Award Packaging – Scholarships and Financial Aid
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: You’ve got the money; you’ve got your scholarship recipient. How do you ensure that your award and the student’s financial aid package are in the same vein? Join us for lively conversation, packaging/scholarship combination tips, and the occasional witty banter around the policies and best practices of financial aid and external financial resources.

Takeaways:  Participants will understand how external scholarships fit into financial aid award packages.

Track: Scholarship Program Basics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Sharon Harper, The Denver Foundation

8.4 - More Than Just a Check
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11am
Sponsored by the Elks National Foundation
Description: As an office in Chicago attempting to connect with a national network of scholars, the Elks National Foundation offers a variety of opportunities to engage its national network of thousands of current scholarship recipients and alumni. Join us to hear about how we strive to make our scholarship “more than just a check” by welcoming Elks scholars into the Elks family and promoting a culture of service and connection through our scholar engagement efforts. Hear about what we’ve found to be successful, unsuccessful, and enjoy some time to brainstorm how our programming could be adapted for your organization. From meet-ups on scholars' campuses, to service trips that bring recipients from across the country together, to social media campaigns that highlight our network of scholars, we offer big and small opportunities for scholars to get involved.

Takeaways:  Participants will leave this session with an understanding of 1. the ENF's scholar engagement efforts, 2. the struggles and success of our programming, and 3. how our programming benefits scholarship recipients as well as our Foundation. We will also field questions about our programs and hope to help other organizations to understand ways that they could implement similar social media campaigns or programming that we have implemented.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Ashley Brown, Elks National Foundation
Jenna Johnson, Elks National Foundation
Maryann Slater, Elks National Foundation

8.5 - Creative Ways to Engage Your Alumni
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11am

Description: Our panel will focus on specific alumni programming and engagement strategies across the scholarship organizations. We will look at ways to utilize alumni volunteers and expertise in areas of recruitment, outreach, mentorship, and selection. Each panelist will present some of their best practice programs and strategies and then give “next step” suggestions and simple ways for attendees to start similar programs/initiatives.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. learn example ways to engage alumni as volunteers and 2. Learn next steps to starting some of these specific alumni program initiatives.

Track: Scholarship Program Enhancements and Advanced Topics

Format: Breakout Session - Panel - presentation is lead primarily by a group of presenters with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Tiffany Anderson, Boettcher Foundation
Michael Maher, Western Golf/Evans Scholars

Bonnie Williams, The Ford Family Foundation

8.7 - Delivering on Your Promise: A Guide to Building a Personal Brand for Success
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 9:45am-11:15am

Description: Reputation is the cornerstone of leadership and impacts every aspect of your life and career-- the key is to lead “on purpose”. Aligning your talent, skill and passion with opportunity is the sure path to a fulfilling and rewarding career. Discover your authentic self and begin the process of building your own personal brand. In this dynamic and engaging session, we’ll explore the importance of strategically building your own personal brand to support your career goals and propel you to success. You'll establish a clear vision of where you’re headed and develop strategies that will help you get there.

Takeaways:  Participants will 1. clearly identify their own unique talents and skills to establish the foundation of their personal brand, 2. align their goals and objectives with their passion, and 3. employ personal branding strategies that enhance their professional presence and power. The presenter will share a few key tools from the Paterson LifePlan process during this workshop - so participants will walk away with ability to apply the learning quickly beyond the actual workshop. This will be an active workshop with a good balance of learning and hands on application of principles using a variety of tools.

Track: Professional Development

Format: Workshop, This will be an active workshop with a good balance of learning and hands on application of principles using a variety of tools. - Lecture - presentation is lead primarily by the presenter with some audience participation.

Presenter(s):
Diane Zile, JERA Partnerships, LLC

9.1 - Private Foundations Learning Circle
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 11:30am-12:45 pm
Sponsored by: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Description: Reconnect with your private foundation colleagues to highlight best practices and lessons learned during the conference, as well as identify topics of interest that need a deeper dive. This session will provide the basis for the Private Foundations Learning Circle’s ongoing sessions, so bring your thoughts and ideas.

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Tiffany Anderson, Boettcher Foundation
Diane SchorrThe Suder Foundation

9.2 - Public Charities Learning Circle
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 11:30am-12:45 pm
Sponsored by: Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion
Description: Building a Framework. - How do you communicate with your scholarship recipients? If you have a renewable scholarship program, how do you notify students each year regarding their scholarship? We will also discuss other policies regarding the framework of scholarship programs - please bring any and all questions that you have!

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Maryann Slater, Elks National Foundation
Ashley BrownElks National Foundation

9.3 - Colleges and Universities Learning Circle
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 11:30am-12:45 pm

Description: Reconnect with your colleagues to highlight best practices and lessons learned during the conference, as well as identify topics of interest that need a deeper dive. This session will provide the basis for the Colleges and Universities Learning Circle’s ongoing sessions, so bring your thoughts and ideas.

The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Cynthia Fails, UMKC Coaching Program
Joy Scourey, Washington State University

9.4 - Community Foundations Learning Circle
Wednesday, 10.12.16 - 11:30am-12:45 pm
Sponsored by: Horatio Alger Association
Description: The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among scholarship professionals who are working in similar organizations or have common interests and/or challenges. These groups contribute to a body of knowledge ​for​ the wider NSPA community.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Facilitator(s):
Patricia Macdonald, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Sylvia SpiveyThe Philadelphia Foundation

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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