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To do our part to assist the scholarship community during these challenging times,
we are offering this webinar recording free of charge to both members and nonmembers.

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COVID Response Conversations


How can we best support our scholars as campuses around the country are closing? How are your colleagues handling in-person interviews? Are you canceling events and travel? Should your team work from home? Difficult times lead to difficult questions and we need our community now more than ever. Join us for a facilitated roundtable to share and learn how other providers are navigating the pandemic. In preparation for this conversation, post your questions and share how your organization is responding in the Member Q&A Forum.


Traci Lanier
Vice President
10,000 Degrees

Jane Thompson
Executive Director
TD Scholarships
Jamie Williams
Director of Scholarships
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Carrie Zimmerman
Uncommon Programs and Consulting

Jackie Bright
Executive Director
National Scholarship Providers Association

Traci Lanier joined 10,000 Degrees®️ in 2003 and developed the organization’s first organizational advancement plan. She also co-founded Marin Educational Equity Week. In 2007, she was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was made Vice President and Deputy Director in 2013. Traci is responsible for organizational operations, including personnel, scholarship allocation, and budget. Previously, Traci served as Annual Giving Manager at the Colorado School of Mines, Account Manager for ProSavvy, an international business-to-business start-up, and Development Manager at the University of Phoenix. She earned her master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University.

Traci played an instrumental role in the formation of Marin Promise and currently co-chairs their College Enrollment Action Team. She served the Advisory Council for COMPASS, (College of Marin Dual Enrollment Partnership) and as Special Advisor on projects for The College Board. She is also active in her children’s school.

Jane Thompson has been the Executive Director of the TD Scholarship program for the last fifteen years, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and an MA and PhD in Women’s History. She serves on the Board of NSPA, lives in Toronto with her husband and son, and recently published “Resilient Woman: Weaving Together Work, Family; and Self.”

Jamie Williams' role as Director of Scholarships for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is to develop meaningful engagement and enrichment opportunities that hone Scholars' leadership skills and help them develop their professional purposes in college. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jamie was director of the National Scholars Program at Clemson (S.C.) University from 2002-2015, in addition to serving as associate director of the Clemson Honors College from 2009-2015. In 2006, Jamie led the effort to create USPAA, the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators Association, a professional body supporting the work of campus-based scholars programs, and served as president and a board member from 2009-2013.

Carrie Zimmerman is the founder of Uncommon Programs and Consulting, whose purpose is to develop creative learning experiences for students and administrators. She collaborates with colleges and university partners to help guide difficult conversations and build community on campuses. Her goal is to help empower students, faculty, and administrators to be courageous in the face of injustice and hate. In addition to her work in Higher Education, she has run a resource center for the homeless and summer camps for teenagers. She has led hundreds of camps and retreats, guided college trips to four continents, and has spoken to tens of thousands of students and administrators in her career. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Theology from TCU.

Jackie Bright came to NSPA in 2017 as a former Pell Grant and scholarship recipient who has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector and helping underserved communities. She has an extensive background leading direct-service nonprofits, including Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge and Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Public Discourse, from the University of Montana, as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Aside from Bright’s commitment to nonprofit excellence, she loves chasing after her young son Dash, wrangling her dogs, antiquing, and sheet cake (in that order).

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