April 23, 2017
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), a partner with NASPA, is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities.
NSCS created the Amy Shopkorn Student Affairs Award to recognize excellence in student involvement, leadership and academics. The 2017 Amy Shopkorn Award recently closed, but you can read more about the scholarship and last year’s recipients here.
The student experience on campus is essential to the success and impact of the overall collegiate experience at an institution.
Mindful of the importance of engagement in student life, we created The Amy Shopkorn Student Affairs Award in honor of a former NSCS employee. Amy has over 15 years of experience in higher education, and she’s impacted student affairs at all levels, from working directly with students on campus to managing operations and policy nationally for nearly a decade at NSCS and now with NASPA. Amy has created a positive impact on campus life as a collegian and in her professional career; to honor her dedication to and passion for higher education, NSCS will grant five (5) $1,000 awards to NSCS members who demonstrate excellence in student involvement, leadership, and academics.
Here are comments from last year’s recipients:
Atalie Klumpp (Ball State University) $1,000
Being involved in student affairs allows a student to get the most out of his or her education. There are many benefits to being involved in campus organizations. Clubs can be supplemental to classroom instruction as well as great tools for networking. They can also teach students valuable skills that are transferable to their chosen careers.
Grant Bigman (Alumni-James Madison University) $1,000
Student Affairs is about student growth and development- not only inside the classroom, but outside as well. The greatest piece of advice I could share with an incoming college student is: get involved. By contributing and collaborating with others, you learn more about yourself and where your passions lie. Student affairs professionals serve as a resource and guide as students exercise their rights to discover what campus initiatives will help them develop socially, academically, and professionally.
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