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The purpose of NSPA Learning Circles is to facilitate dialog and exchange of good practices among NSPA members 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. Learning circles meet virtually as a group each quarter.



To listen to recordings and view materials from past learning circles, please click on the learning circle that is of interest to you.

Colleges and Universities Recordings & Resources

  • Recent topics include: Centralized or De-centralized Scholarship Administration, Selection Committee Best Practices, Scholarship Office Nuts and Bolts, and Resources and Advocacy for Undocumented Students

Community Foundations Recordings & Resources

  • Recent topics include: Scholarship Donors: Establishing & Maintaining Positive, Trust-Based Relationships, Marketing Your Scholarship Program, Managing Committees, and Corporate Scholarship Policy and Programs

Private Foundations Recordings & Resources

  • Recent topics include: Student Support Services, Recruitment and Selection, Building an Inclusive Scholarship Program, and Wraparound Services for Scholars

Public Charities Recordings & Resources

  • Recent topics include: Deadline Day Dos and Don't, Promotion, Structure, and Deadlines, The Good and the Bad: Merit Based Scholarships, and Two Different Paths: Merit vs. Need Based Scholarships

Upcoming Learning Circles   

Private Foundations Learning Circle
Topic: Scholarship Renewal/Probation Policies and Alumni Engagement
Date: August 17, 2017 from 12PM-1PM (MT) Click HERE to Register!
Facilitators: Tiffany Anderson, Scholarship Program Director, Boettcher Foundation and Diane Schorr, Executive Director, The Suder Foundation
Description: In the last discussion centered on our theme of the "Scholarship Life Cycle," the Private Foundation Learning Circle will focus on two important aspects near the end of the cycle - scholarship renewal/probation policies and alumni engagement efforts. Please join us ready to share your strategies and questions in a robust discussion of the why and how behind members' approaches.


Colleges & Universities Learning Circle
Topic: Promoting External Scholarship Opportunities
Date: August 31, 2017 from 12PM-1PM (MT) Click HERE to Register!
Facilitators: Brenda Holcombe, Director of University Scholarships, Western Carolina University
Description: Although many of us have primary responsibility for administering campus-based scholarship programs, our offices can also serve as an important resource to students who are trying to find money from other sources to pay for college.  How can we in higher education be proactive in helping our students find scholarship opportunities beyond our campus programs?  Please join us ready to share ideas and initiatives that have been successful with students on your campus. 

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