REGION 2 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
 

NACADA Region 2 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for academic advisors and administrators. Applications are due through the online submission portal.  

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2017

Applications are due Jan. 31, 2018

REGION EXCELLENCE IN ADVISING AWARDS
 

Excellence in Advising Awards are selected within each region. These awards recognize individuals who demonstrate qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Winners will receive complimentary registration to their region conference.

Submission timeline: July 1 - November 1 each year

Region Awards committees review applications/nominations and winners will be announced in December or early January. The awards are presented at region conferences in the spring.

Categories:

Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role  

Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.

Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor

Recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  

Excellence in Advising – New Advisor

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.

Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator

Recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program. 

 

Several regions offer additional Excellence in Advising awards as well as scholarships and grants. – Please see below for more information.

 

Criteria: The Selection Committee will evaluate applications/nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:

  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Professional practices
  • Documented success
  • Documented advisor development

Eligibility: Applicants/Nominees must be members of NACADA (except Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrators applicants) and may apply only in their own region.

  • Individuals may self-nominate.
  • Award recipients' early conference registration fee is covered by the region account and they will be recognized during the conference. Therefore, it is ideal if applicants have the support of their office/department/college in attending the region conference.
  • Applicants must have worked in the advising profession for a minimum of one year.

Submission is via the NACADA Awards online nomination system which includes the following documents, uploaded in PDF form:

  • Nomination/Application Letter: This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award. This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent performance. Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support: Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.
  • Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vita- Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising, presenting relevant information from the nominees overall resume/vita. Please include your current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
  • Personal Philosophy Statement (optional but encouraged)  Please provide a personal philosophy statement regarding their (nominees) approach to advising and/or advising administration. This document SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced

All documents will be submitted in pdf format, including letters.

MORE NACADA REGION 2 AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 

Region 2 Outstanding Advocate for Academic Advising Award
This award is to recognize an individual serving in a capacity not directly involved with advising, but who supports academic advising and who is employed by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  Winner receives complementary one year NACADA membership and complementary registration to the Region 2 conference.

  • Nomination/Application Letter:  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award.  This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent performance.  Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support:  Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.

Service to Region 2 Award
This award recognizes a current member of Region 2 of NACADA who has made significant contributions to NACADA's Region 2, the profession of academic advising, leadership in the field of advising, as well as related professional areas, and a commitment to the importance of academic advising at a regional level.  Previous winners or current members of the Steering Committee are not eligible for consideration for this award. After the member's term is over s/he may be eligible for consideration.  Winner will receive complementary registration to the Region 2 conference.

  • Nomination/Application Letter:  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award.  This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent service to Region 2.  Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support:  Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.

Region 2 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award
This award will annually recognize one individual who has contributed meaningful scholarship in academic advising.  During the evaluation and selection process, nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their contributions with particular attention to his/her scholarship's potential impact on future research and discussion.  This may be represented by a history of continued influential scholarship or a single, innovative contribution.  Region 2 seeks to recognize well-published as well as novice scholars in the region.  The winner will receive complementary registration to the NACADA Region 2 conference, complementary one year NACADA membership, recognition at the Region 2 conference luncheon and an invitation to share their research during the region conference.

  • Nomination/Application Letter:  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award.  This document should provide the evidence and specific examples demonstrate scholarly contributions with particular attention to his/her scholarship's potential impact on future research and discussion.  This may be represented by a history of continued influential scholarship or a single, innovative contribution.  Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support:  Include one or two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.

Region 2 Jeff Gardner Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to a NACADA member of Region 2 who demonstrates involvement in the overall Association, region, state, local advising organizations and exhibits the potential for region and association leadership roles.  Winner receives a complementary registraiton to a NACADA Summer Institute. The applicant will submit.

  • Current Position Decripition: Please include a position description or a list of job responsibilities
  • Professional Development Summary:  List NACADA Association level, State and/or Region activities and positions held (including conferences attended, presentations, committees, commissions and others.)  Also cite participation in other professional organizations.
  • Goals for participation:  This document should summarize the applicant’s goals for participation in the Institute as well as a list of ways you would like to extend your involvement in NACADA.   The letter SHOULD NOT exceed 2 pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support:  Include up to two additional letters of support. One of which must include a statement of financial support from your institution for your travel if you are awarded a scholarship for the registration fee (approximately $800).   Letter(s) SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced and should be on institutional letterhead.

Region 2 Conference Student Scholarship
This scholarship is open to students who plan to attend the Region 2 conference in the spring.  Winners receive complementary registration to the Region 2 Conference. The applicant will submit:

  • Resume/vita:  Document which includes your current resume or vita, limited to 3 pages or less.
  • Goals for participation:  In 250 words or less, describe what you hope to gain/learn from attending the regional conference?
  • Topics of interest:  In 250 words or less, describe a topic you are currently researching and the relationship to advising OR a topic you would be interested in presenting at an academic conference in the future OR a presentation you have submitted or has been accepted for this year's conference.  

Region 2 Ambassador Scholarship
Up to three scholarships will be awarded to those who embody and embrace the values of NACADA. The scholarship will cover Region 2 conference registration, an annual membership, and up to $500 in travel expenses. After the conference, awardees will be encouraged to work with their state liaison to serve as an ambassador to NACADA at their institution and possibly the surrounding area, encouraging membership and participation in the organization.

  • Nomination/Application Letter (self-nominations are encouraged):  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant's qualifications and why the individual is being nominated. This letter may also include goals for participation.
  • Letter of Support:  Include a letter of support from your institution stating that conference attendance and serving as an ambassador would be supported and encouraged.

Region 2 Webinar Scholarship
This scholarship will provide the awardee access to one NACADA webinar. As a part of winning this scholarship, the awardee would need to commit to arranging for others on their campus to participate in the webinar as well.

  • Nomination/Application Letter (self-nominations are encouraged):  This letter should explain what you hope to gain by viewing NACADA webinars, and how participation will help you in achieving a professional goal.

Region 2 Research Seminar Scholarship
A scholarship will be awarded for an individual to attend the 2018 NACADA Research Seminar. The scholarship will cover a one-year general membership to NACADA, registration fee to the symposium, and up to $500 in travel expenses. After the seminar, awardees will be encouraged to present about their experience at the Region 2 Conference and/or seek to publish in the NACADA journal. 

  • Nomination/Application Letter (self-nominations are encouraged):  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant's qualifications and why the individual is being nominated. This letter may also include goals for participation.
  • Letter of Support: Include a letter of support from your institution stating that attendance to the Research Symposium, and possibly the Region 2 Conference, will be supported and encouraged.