How Your Gift Makes a Difference
Hear first-hand how your donations are making an impact within the lives of those previously awarded Access scholarships to assist with membership dues:
Transitioning out of graduate school and into the field during a pandemic is no small feat, especially as a new professional. Having experienced the benefit and joy of a NASPA student membership the year prior, I was excited to begin a new chapter of my professional life during which I could seek further engagement with our association. Unfortunately, COVID-19 created many barriers for me, including losing my ability to retain my membership. The NASPA Foundation Membership Access Scholarship dismantled those barriers, and allowed me to engage with NASPA as a new professional in ways that are invaluable. After receiving the scholarship, I was able to learn more about my First-Generation identity and its intersection with my professional career. I was also able to work as a program reviewer for upcoming conferences. Simply put, I was able to invest in myself and in turn, invest in the field of higher education.
-Morgan Carroll, First Year Area Coordinator, Columbia College SC
Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to continue being involved with NASPA, both in contributing to the organization’s initiatives through my volunteer roles and in finding community within its diverse network of student affairs professionals, despite my financial barriers. During this unstable period in higher education and the world at large, I have come to value the professional community I have gained from NASPA now more than ever. I have also greatly appreciated the opportunity to continue learning from my peers and colleagues through the organization, especially as I’ve been searching for research-based strategies and best practices for adapting my student affairs practice to the “new normal” of the pandemic. These opportunities for connection are truly invaluable, and I am thankful to the NASPA Foundation for continuing to foster these connections by supporting members during this tumultuous time.
-Anonymous, New Professional
First and foremost, NASPA membership would have not been possible without Dr. Lorie Kittendorf. She is my professional mentor and the reason I joined NASPA to start. Within my first year, I joined the Community College Division board, and soon after co-chaired the community college division symposium. Currently, I am the Region III FL State and Community College Coordinator and truly enjoy being surrounded by peers who are as ambitious as I am, if not more so. Being involved with such a great group of people pushes me to succeed personally and professionally and I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of NASPA for as long as I have. The NASPA membership felt a little tough to afford; especially now at a community college where it is not covered and we pay out of pocket. However, it has always proven to be beneficial for my professional development and to connect with others that share the love of our field. Thankfully, this scholarship will allow me to continue this work to help myself and others to move forward. Thank you so much to the NASPA Foundation; it is greatly appreciated.
-Yovan Reyes, Project Manager/Advising Transfer Specialist, Hillsborough Community College
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to be involved in NASPA, and I have been so grateful for how much this organization has contributed to my success as a student and future professional. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented all of us with unique challenges, and I (along with many other college students) found myself struggling to make ends meet. Being awarded this scholarship took some weight off my shoulders and allowed me to continue my membership in this wonderful organization. I am extremely appreciative of this support and the donations that made this possible.
Ann Landreville, Peer Educator Program Manager, University of North Dakota
What do my gifts support?
- Scholarships – Access scholarships to assist with membership dues and conference registrations for members
- Grants – Innovation grants to promote new ideas and learning on campuses
- Awards – Hardee Dissertation of the Year highlighting innovate and relevant research in the field
Can I designate my gift to support a particular cause or mission?
Absolutely! You can select from a variety of restricted funds to support a cause that is close to your heart.
- Research: Excellence fund, Melvene Hardee fund, Research fund, Ruth Strang Research
- Undergraduate / Graduate Students: BACCHUS fund, James Rhatigan fund, NUFP Scholarship fund
- Women in Higher Education: Zenobia Hikes Scholarship for Alice Manicur Symposium, WISA KC Special Interest fund, Ruth Strang Research fund
- Leadership in the field: George Kuh Award, Melvene Hardee fund, Robert Shaffer fund
- Various Affinity Groups within NASPA: Special Interest funds
What amount should I give?
- Any amount you are comfortable giving! Every dollar helps support the mission of the Foundation and ensuring NASPA members are supported.
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