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20 Years of Impact

2020 marks 20 years for NSPA and to commemorate this milestone, we are taking the opportunity to look at the meaningful contributions scholarship providers have made since the inception of the scholarship in 1643. We hope the content on this page inspires awareness and pride in the work of the scholarship provider community - and motivates everyone to improve society through the power of scholarship for the next 20 years and beyond.

Over the coming year, we’ll celebrate by launching new and enhanced benefits for you, our members, plus share stories, testimonials and photographs. All this will culminate at the 2020 NSPA Conference in Chicago, IL – the birthplace of NSPA – with a special awards dinner. Thank you for supporting the scholarship community and making college dreams a reality for students across the globe!


The History of College Scholarships

To learn more about the history of scholarships and financial aid, visit


Share Your Story

NSPA would not exist without you, our members. Our 20th Anniversary allows us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our members and the larger scholarship community to society. We want to hear how your organization has had an impact, or how scholarships have had a personal impact on your life. Please email your story to If chosen, it will be shared on the interactive timeline above.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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