New Advisors Annual Conference Scholarship

Deadline to apply - June 17, 2018 Midnight CST

Presented to selected new advising professionals with at least one (1) year of experience (12 months calendar year), but three (3) or fewer years of experience in a position where advising comprises at least 50% of their job duties.  This scholarship provides those selected with an opportunity to experience the Annual Conference.  The scholarship waives the member registration fee to attend the annual conference.  Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.  The provision of this type of support upholds one of the primary goals of the Association, which is to offer comprehensive professional development opportunities.

These scholarships are made possible due to the success of the NACADA Silent Auction held during the Annual Conference and your donations.


  • Previous New Advisor Annual Conference Scholarship recipients are not eligible. 
  • Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible.
  • Only one nominee per category per institution will be considered

COMMITMENT of Scholarship Recipients:
If you are chosen as a recipient, part of your responsibility will be to document your experiences so that we may promote the benefits of attendance to others.  You can opt to document your experiences in the following ways:

  • via social media using the Annual Conference hashtag        
  • create a blog post for the NACADA blog here:
  • write an article for possible publication by Academic Advising Today
  • craft a digital story of some type with photos/slides from your conference experiences


  • New professional - any individual serving as an academic advisor or faculty academic advisor:
    • For at least one (1) year (12 months) but for less than three (3) years 
      (36 months)
    • Employed by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
    • All positions held with at least 50% of the duties in direct advisement to students.
      • The minimum of experience is one year and is calculated as 12 calendar months in a position with at least 50% of the duties in direct advisement to students.  Less than three years of experience is calculated as a maximum of 36 months from the nominee's start date in an advising position in relation to the due date of the application (July). The applicants experience in advising cannot exceed a total of 36 months and specific dates (to the month and not just the years) must be included on resume.  Positions do not have to be consecutive but if multiple jobs are involved, then the months will be calculated to ensure a minimum of 12 months experience and a maximum of 36 months.  If such dates are not easily identifiable on resume, the application will be disqualified.
  • NACADA membership is not required at the time of application.
  • Please keep in mind that if a position has 50% or more of direct advising duties with students, then it does count as a professional advising position.  For example, if you are a Student Success Coach and 50% of your job duties comprise advising students, then you would count this position, in addition to any others with a more specific advising job title. Applicants must ensure that their resume is clearly marked with the percentages specified for each of their job duties. 

Application Components

  1. Completed application in the Nomination Submission Portal
  2. Advising Resume/Vitae.  Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising. Resume/vitae must include dates of your employment down to the month/year and evidence of at least 50% of the applicant's duties spent on direct advising of students.  Adding percentages along with job duties is highly recommended.  
  3. Annual Conference Participation Statement that includes:
    1. List and describe some specific goals you hope to accomplish by attending the Annual Conference.
    2. How do you anticipate that the information you gain at the Annual Conference could be utilized on your campus?
    3. As a new advisor, how will this opportunity enhance your overall professional development?
    4. List any relevant presentations or other volunteer work you may be doing at Annual Conference.
  4. Letters of recommendation (2)
    1. A required component is two letters of recommendation from your institution's officials, at least one of which must be from your supervisor in support of your attendance at the Annual Conference.  These letters must be on institutional letterhead.  Please upload these letters and other application requirements no later than the specified deadline(s).