NSPA Scholarship Providers Conference
NSHSS is a member of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) and participated in the annual conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, October 18-21. The conference featured an exchange of information on topics critical to scholarship providers, ranging from federal financial aid updates to practical strategies for administering scholarships and addressing current needs. The mission of NSPA is to advance the collective impact of scholarships by informing policy, and to provide opportunities for professional development and the exchange of best practices among scholarship providers. In 2011, NSPA scholarship providers awarded more than one billion dollars in college scholarships. The NSPA conference also hosted a scholarship fair for area high school college guidance counselors.
This year’s keynote conference speaker was Stedman Graham, Chairman & CEO of S. Graham & Associates, author of ten books, who conducts leadership seminars and founded AAD Education, Health and Sports, a nonprofit organization with over 500 professional athletes and other civic leaders which has served over 15,000 students through scholarships and education.
We look forward to participating in next year’s conference in Austin, Texas.
Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships and National Scholar Awards
Deadline: December 15, 2011
There is one application for both scholarships. To complete the online application, log in to the member area of the website and select the “scholarship application” tab once you are logged in. The application is the first step in the process. This preliminary application is tied to your member record, so make sure that your member profile in the member area is accurate, particularly, your contact information, graduation date, and grade point average. Semifinalists will be selected from the applications submitted after the deadline and notified by mail. Those selected will be requested to submit additional material, including transcript, personal statement, and educator recommendation. The scholarship committee will award both Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships of $5,000 and National Scholar Awards of $1,000 from the pool of semifinalists. Winners are selected based on the strength of their academic record, demonstrated leadership, service activities, personal statement, and educator recommendation.
Our other scholarships are described on the website at http://www.nshss.org/benefits/scholarships.
NEW NSHSS SCHOLARSHIP!
NSHSS has partnered with Belgium's Vesalius College in Brussels who is sponsoring an academic competition exclusively for NSHSS members, providing cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 to the top three winners.
All NSHSS members worldwide with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply for the Vesalius College Academic Competition awards. Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school.
Applications are due by December 9, 2011
Download the application and submit along with the required essay which should be no more than 800 words. The application must be signed by a high school counselor. Essays must be in English.
Selected Scholarship Search Sources
Be sure to apply for other scholarships. Excellent sites for free customized scholarship searches include www.Zinch.com, FastWeb http://www.fastweb.com and Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com.