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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   

Public Charities Learning Circle
Topic: Data Management and Program Evaluation
Date: Thursday, May 10, 1pm-2pm MT
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Looking to breathe new life into your data management and program evaluation? Join us as we discuss data management methods and techniques to use data in program evaluation. We all need to share program success with everyone from potential applicants to donors to board members, so how do you measure that and what data/benchmarks are most important to measure? How can you use that to better tell your organization’s story? Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from fellow NSPA Public Charity professionals.
Facilitators: Maryann Slater Dernlan, Programs Relationship Associate at the Elks National Foundation and Carolyn Norton, Alumni Relations Manager at the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Colleges & Universities Learning Circle
Topic: Data Driven Scholarship Programs
Date: Monday, May 14, 12pm-1pm MT
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In this Learning Circle, we will talk about dashboards, reporting, and other data-related topics. Please come ready to discuss the following questions: How are you using and/or sharing scholarship data on your campus? What types of data do you collect? Are you using any data-driven awarding strategies? How are you measuring the impact of scholarships on your campus? If you don’t have a microphone on your computer, be sure to call in and enter your unique pin so that we can all learn from each other!
Facilitators: Brenda Holcombe, Director of University Scholarships at the Western Carolina University Financial Aid Office and JoLynn Noe, Planning and Financial Operations Director at the University of Kentucky Office of Enrollment Management

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