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NSPA Scholarship Program Data Standards Initiative

This page provides information about the NSPA Exchange Data Standards Initiative, including background, a description of the initiative, and links to more information including how to get involved.


The NSPA Scholarship Program Exchange currently stores data aligned to a data model and accompanying technical specifications, collectively referred to as the NSPA Exchange standard.

During initial outreach to the scholarship community, prospective NSPA Exchange clients expressed interest in providing input to guide future versions of the NSPA Exchange standard.

Initiative Description

The NSPA is exploring an initiative with the scholarship community to foster the development of a data standard for defining and sharing scholarship program information. Success here could simplify life for scholarship providers and their technology partners, support reporting and research, and improve the scholarship search and application process for students.

The initiative itself will leverage expertise from NSPA members to:

  • Shape the scholarship data points available.
  • Make it easier to exchange scholarship data.
  • Simplify implementations of scholarship information systems, particularly searching, matching, and reporting systems.

Participation & Time Commitment

The NSPA is seeking feedback from member organizations. Participants in the initiative can help by providing input on the technical and nontechnical aspects of scholarship data exchange. NSPA is committed to minimizing the time expected of participants. A time commitment measured in person-hours, not person-days, will be appropriate for many organizations. We are, of course, happy to accept additional time.

Current Status

As of Q3-2020, there exists confirmed interest among NSPA members. The NSPA Exchange project team is actively defining the processes for input and feedback, scheduling initial meetings with partners, and planning for a virtual-group convening of charter members in the fall of 2020.

More Information & Getting Involved
The NSPA Data Standard Initiative is supported by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support!

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