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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.



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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   

Colleges & Universities Learning Circle
Topic: Evaluating and Sharing Need-Based Criteria in Scholarship Awarding
Date: Monday, March 12, 12pm-1pm MT
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Description: We will discuss how institutions evaluate and determine “financial need” as it relates to scholarship awarding criteria. What methods are you using to identify unmet financial need, and/or demonstration of a need for financial assistance. How are you sharing this information with other units within your institution? How do you identify financial need for applicants who do not submit a FAFSA?
Facilitators: JoLynn Noe, Planning and Financial Operations Director at the University of Kentucky Office of Enrollment Management and Brenda Holcombe, Director of University Scholarships at the Western Carolina University Financial Aid Office

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