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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
Student Supports: Career Readiness and Alumni Involvement

Date: Thursday, September 20, 12pm-1pm MT
Description: Many scholarships seek to provide recipients with more than “just” a college degree and as scholarship providers our hope is that our recipients are able to launch from college into meaningful and rewarding careers. Join your colleagues in a discussion of how you can best support that launch through career readiness programming and tools, including engaging your scholarship alumni in supporting current students. This is a conversation, so please bring your ideas and questions to the group.
Facilitators: Bonnie Williams, Manager at the Ford Family Foundation and Ninfa Murillo, Retention Officer at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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