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About the NSPA Conference

NSPA’s Annual Conference is a convergence of our profession: the intersection of diverse organizations in the scholarship industry, including foundations, public charities, educational institutions, and corporations. This event unites nearly 600 attendees from across North America, U.S. Territories, and beyond for two and a half days of learning, networking, and sharing. This year's Conference theme is:

Making an Impact! Funding, Supporting, & Connecting Students through Scholarships

This year, our Conference focus is on IMPACT and will feature sessions on program models that make an impact not only on the lives of scholarship recipients, but also on local communities and society as a whole. We would like to explore how we, as scholarship providers, can make the most impact by funding, supporting, and connecting students through our programs.

How do we measure our impact and what outcomes are we striving to achieve?

Our scholarship community has an opportunity to change the world, one student at a time. We already make an impact by providing financial assistance through scholarships, as well as support services for college access and completion.

Can we do more?

This year, we will explore the ways to permanently connect our scholars to each other, to our organizations, to careers, and to service. Let's leverage our relationships to build stronger communities and increase exponentially our impact on society. Join us October 1-3 in Minneapolis to learn how you can making an impact on access to higher education, getting students through college, and connecting students to opportunities for social change and individual success after graduation.


Who Should Attend?

This Conference is a must-attend for professionals working in the scholarship industry. It’s appropriate for staff and trustees of all types of scholarship providers and those who support them, including:


What to Expect at the NSPA Conference

Each conference registration includes:

  • Keynote and general sessions; recent speakers include Soledad O'Brien, John O'Leary, Chana Joffe-Walt, Sam Kaner, William Strickland, Jonathan Brennan, and Sarah Goldrick-Rab
  • More than 60 workshops on industry trends, scholarship program administration, and student support services
  • Learning Circles where scholarship professionals can share effective practices with peers from similar organizations
  • Numerous arranged and informal networking opportunities
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, afternoon coffee breaks, and the Welcome Reception
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Past Attendee Comments


Before attending the NSPA conference I felt somewhat isolated and alone in my administrative work. Attending the conference opened my eyes to that fact that a community of scholarship administrators exists and that many of my college and university counterparts are grappling with the very same kinds of issues that I face. While these connections with other administrators were very impactful, the most important connection I made at the conference was with NSPA as an organization. NSPA values students, and programming at the conference constantly reminded attendees to see scholarship recipients as unique individuals with complex needs, circumstances and goals.
-Nicole Martinez, Assistant Director of Scholarship Development, Western Michigan University


NSPA is my favorite conference of the year, I get more done than any other conference and it's great fun! I get to see how amazing the other providers are, from the public to the private funders, you have to see these folks!
-Nancy Sanchez, Executive Director, Kaplan Educational Foundation