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Jackie Bright, Executive Director
jbright@scholarshipproviders.org

Jackie is an innovative and celebrated leader with over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA where she managed a multi-million budget, a staff of 60, and provided guidance and support for over 500 volunteers. She has been recognized by the Virginia Daily Progress as a “Charlottesville Woman We Love” and by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for developing and maintaining a “Gold Standard” program. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Public Discourse, as well as a Certificate in Leadership from UVA’s Darden School of Business. Aside from Bright’s commitment to nonprofit excellence, she loves wrangling her three dogs, antiquing, the outdoors, and sheet cake (in that order).

 

 

Maggie Brubaker, Membership and Programs Manager 
mbrubaker@scholarshipproviders.org

Maggie brings a diverse background to NSPA. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit and education institutions throughout her career. Her experiences include working as a Director of Community Initiatives at Pikes Peak United Way, a Resident Manager for CU Boulder, a university instructor, and an elementary school teacher. 

Maggie completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Geography at Penn State University. She also spent a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar researching energy policy.

Maggie enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband and two children. Her family loves all types of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, biking, and hiking. Originally from Poland, Maggie continues to enjoy exploring new places.



 

Nick Safko, Communications Coordinator
nsafko@scholarshipproviders.org

Nick comes to NSPA with a wide range of skills and experience from working at various Non-Profits and educational institutions.  Some of his experience includes working for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Programs and Retention, and Ojai Valley School in Communications and Marketing.  Most recently, he worked in Development and Marketing for Hale Kau Kau, a small community Non-Profit on Maui.  
 
Nick's background and education is in film, photography, and writing.  He is an advocate for the arts and education.  This passion has led him to a career sharing his talents with Non-Profit Organizations to promote positive change in the world.  
 
Nick was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and has lived in California and Hawaii before making his move to Colorado.  In his free time, Nick enjoys the outdoors, cooking and baking, knitting, and all types of cultural events. 

 

 

Amanda Benson, Office and Operations Coordinator 
abenson@scholarshipproviders.org

Amanda is an enthusiastic and resourceful individual.  10+ years of her professional career thus far has focused on Customer Service and Administrative work. Amanda comes to NSPA having years of continued experience with Non-Profits, Project Development, Bylaws & Parliamentary Procedure, Systems Management, Web Design, and Organizational Processes & Procedures. Her passion for Advocacy, Special Education & Inclusion, and Public Education motivates her to volunteer for and serve on a number of Non-Profit Boards such as the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, the Jefferson County Parent Teacher Association, and the Jefferson County Special Education Advisory Committee.

 

Amanda was born and raised in Colorado but has traveled much of the United States. She enjoys spending time reading, listening to music, camping, swimming, binge watching anything Sci-Fi and spending time with with her two sons, dog, and cat.

 

 

 

National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit, member association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. It was established in 1999 by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Fastweb.com, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Scholarship America to facilitate the creation of scholarship best practices, encourage professional development, and establish cooperative relationships among scholarship providers.

NSPA grew out of a need Fastweb observed after launching its scholarship matching site in 1995. As the Fastweb database grew, it became apparent the scholarship industry was lacking a forum for scholarship providers to collaborate and network with each other, as well as a cohesive voice for the industry. Fastweb hosted a small conference in Chicago, IL that brought together some of the country’s largest and most well-known scholarship providers, including the other three founding members, with the goal of sharing best practices. In 1999, Fastweb provided the finances to formally launch NSPA and hire a part-time consultant as its executive director. NSPA continued to hold annual conferences, and in 2004 its founding members came together to hire a full-time executive director and moved the organization from Chicago, IL to Denver, CO, where a board member offered office space at the Daniels Fund. NSPA moved to its own offices in Boulder, CO in 2009 and currently employs three full-time staff, who work to grow NSPA membership, programming, and national presence.

Today, NSPA is dedicated to supporting the needs of professionals administering scholarships in post-secondary institutions, private and community foundations, public charities, as well as corporate and government programs. NSPA's 370+ member organizations from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas give over 350,000 scholarships amounting to over a billion dollars each year. Along with the 850+ scholarship professionals in its membership network, NSPA works to develop standards for scholarship administration, conduct research to understand the depth and breadth of the scholarship industry, create professional resources for its members, encourage the development of scholarship programs, and advocate changes in policy. These programs assist students in paying for college, as well as improve college access and completion rates. The NSPA Annual Conference is the convergence of the scholarship industry bringing over 375 diverse scholarship funders together for three days of networking and learning.

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