REGION 2 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
 

NACADA Region 2 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development for academic advisors and administrators. We encourage all NACADA members in Region 2 to take part in both nominating and evaluating awards and scholarships. It is through these collective efforts that as a Region we can highlight and reward individuals making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising within higher education.

Click on each award or scholarship of interest for more detailed information, including eligibility.

Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. central Monday, November 2, 2020.

Awards

Scholarships

Applications will be open August 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021.

Submission Instructions

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL

  1. Enter a simple password.
  2. Select your Region.
  3. Select the award or scholarship from the drop down box.
  4. RECORD and save your Award/Scholarship Nomination Number and your password.
    *This step is extremely important so that you may leave the portal and return as needed as long as you have this information and have not hit the SUBMIT button.
  5. Upload all documents in pdf form.
  6. Once you are satisfied with your nomination and all documents have been uploaded, click the SUBMIT button.

Documentation Needed:

  • Nomination Letter 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two)
  • Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Nominee Personal Advising Philosophy Statement

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted through the online submission portal between August 1, 2020 - November 2, 2020 for all awards and scholarships except the Region 2 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship, which has an extended deadline of January 31, 2021. No additional documentation may be submitted or nomination packet changes made after the submission deadline.

Selection an Conferral Process

Award and scholarship nominations will be evaluated by the Region 2 Selection Committee made up of volunteer Region 2 Awards and Scholarships Evaluators. The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations per the corresponding scoring rubric for each award and scholarship. If you are interested in volunteering as a Region 2 Awards and Scholarships Nomination Evaluator, please complete this Interest Form.

Winners will be notified by email by January 15. The Region 2 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship winner(s) will be notified by email by February 15.

The Region 2 Awards and Scholarships Ceremony will be hosted during the spring Region 2 Conference, in which all award, certificate of merit, and scholarship winners will be recognized.

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.

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 for a minimum of 3 years in that role.. 

 

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.

Region 2 Outstanding Advising Advocate Award
 

This award recognizes an individual who is currently serving in an administrator role, and while not directly involved in academic advising, exemplifies commitment to the advising community and advocates for advising, students, and advisors on their campus.

Eligibility:

  • Both self nominations and nominations by others are encouraged. 
  • Previous winners are not eligible. 
  • Must currently be serving in an administrator role at time of the nomination submission.   

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Complimentary Region 2 Conference Registration
    *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference.
  • An Award Plaque with Framed Certificate 
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference
  • One-Year NACADA General Membership

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this award. 
    • Should provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s commitment and advocacy in the field of academic advising. 
    • Should include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education.
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.
Service to Region 2 Award


This award recognizes an individual 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 demonstrates their commitment to the importance of academic advising at a regional level.

Eligibility: 

  • Both self nominations and nominations by others are encouraged. 
  • Must be a member of NACADA Region 2.
  • Previous winners are not eligible. 
  • Current Steering Committee members are not eligible.   

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Complimentary Region 2 Conference Registration
    *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference.
  • An Award Plaque with Framed Certificate 
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this award. 
    • Should provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent service to Region 2 and the field of academic advising. 
    • Should include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education and current and past involvement in NACADA Region 2. 
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.
Region 2 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award


This award recognizes an individual who has contributed meaningful scholarship in academic advising and will allow the winner to share their research during the regional conference. During the evaluation and selection process, nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their contributions with particular attention to their 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.

Eligibility: 

  • Both self nominations and nominations by others are encouraged. 
  • Must be a member of NACADA Region 2.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.    

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Complimentary Region 2 Conference Registration
    *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference.
  • Region 2 Concurrent Session to Present their Research
  • An Award Plaque with Framed Certificate 
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference
  • One-Year NACADA General Membership

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this award. 
    • Should provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate scholarly contributions with particular attention to their scholarship's potential impact on future research and discussion.
    • Should include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education and scholarship in the field.  
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.
Region 2 Ambassador Scholarship


This scholarship recognizes an individual who embodies and embraces the values of NACADA and seeks to become more involved in NACADA leadership. The winner will be encouraged to work with their state liaison throughout the academic year following receiving this scholarship to serve as an ambassador to NACADA Region 2 at their institution and the surrounding area by promoting membership and participation in the organization.

Eligibility: 

  • Both self nominations and nominations by others are encouraged. 
  • Must be a member of NACADA Region 2.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.    
  • Members currently holding an elected position within NACADA are not eligible.

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Complimentary Region 2 Conference Registration
    *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference.
  • Up to $500 in Travel Expenses (per diem is based on the federal regulations at gsa.gov/travel-resources)
  • Certificate of Recognition
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference
  • One-Year NACADA General Membership

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this scholarship and goals of involvement in the association and in Region 2.
    • Should speak to the nominee's desire to serve as an ambassador for the region and how they will encourage membership and participation. 
    • Should include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Must include a statement of support from the nominee’s institution for the nominee's regional conference attendance and serving as an ambassador for the following academic year. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education.
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
Region 2 Webinar Scholarship


This scholarship recognizes an individual who seeks professional development through the use of a NACADA webinar and is committed to arranging for others from their institution to participate in the webinar as well. The nominee should speak to the webinar of interest or if a webinar with the topic of interest is not yet available, speak to the topic they are seeking a future webinar in, and how it pertains to a professional goal.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a self nomination.
  • Must be a member of NACADA Region 2.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.    

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Region 2 Webinar
    *Webinar information and upcoming events can be found on the Web Events and Digital Recordings webpage: https://nacada.ksu.edu/Events/Web-Events.aspx
  • Certificate of Recognition
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this scholarship and explain what the nominee hopes to gain by viewing the NACADA webinar (listing specifically which webinar the nominee would like to participate in or if a webinar with the topic of interest is not yet available, speak to the topic they are seeking a future webinar in), as well as how participation will help the nominee in achieving a professional goal.
    • Should speak to the nominee's commitment to arranging for others on their campus to participate in viewing the webinar. 
    • May include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education.
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.
Region 2 Jeff Gardner Memorial Summer Institute Scholarship


This scholarship recognizes an individual who demonstrates involvement in the overall association, region, state, local, and institutional advising organizations, and exhibits the potential for moving into region and association leadership roles.

Eligibility: 

  • Must be a self nomination.
  • Must be a member of NACADA Region 2.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Certificate of Recognition
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference
  • Complimentary Registration to a NACADA Summer Institute
  • *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending a NACADA Summer Institute.

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this scholarship, the nominee’s goals for participation in a Summer Institute (listing specifically which Summer Institute the nominee would like to participate in), and the ways in which the nominee would like to extend their involvement in NACADA.
    • Should provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate involvement and potential for leadership within the association.
    • May include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Must include a statement of financial support from your institution for your travel to the Summer Institute if you are awarded this scholarship.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education and scholarship in the field.  
    • Should include current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • List NACADA association level, state and/or region activities and positions held (including conferences attended, presentations, committees, commissions/advising communities, and others.), as well as list participation in other professional organizations.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.
Region 2 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship


This scholarship recognizes graduate students pursuing new or continued careers in the field of academic advising and are seeking to become involved or further involved in NACADA Region 2.

Eligibility: 

  • Must be a self nomination.
  • Not required to be a member of NACADA but does need to live, work, or attend a graduate institution within Region 2. 
  • Must be in a graduate program through the time of the NACADA Region 2 conference.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.    

Award Winner Will Receive: 

  • Complimentary Region 2 Conference Registration
    *Ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference.
  • Certificate of Recognition
    *Presented at the Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Region 2 Conference.
  • One-Year NACADA Student Membership

Documentation:

  • Nomination Letter 
    • Should summarize the nominee’s qualifications for this scholarship and describe what the nominee hopes to gain and learn from attending the regional conference.
    • Should include the nominee’s career goals, new or related to their current position?
    • Should describe a topic the nominee is currently researching or intending to research and the relationship to advising OR a topic that the nominee would be interested in presenting at an academic conference in the future OR a presentation that the nominee has submitted for this year's conference.
    • May include input from others, such as quotes or comments from Region 2 members, colleagues, employees, supervisors, and/or students.
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Letters of Support (at maximum two): 
    • Should augment the Nomination Letter to provide a greater understanding of the nominee’s qualifications. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vita:
    • Should present relevant information that pertains directly to academic advising in higher education.
    • Should include current job (if applicable) with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
    • Must be submitted in pdf format. 
  • Nominee’s Personal Advising Philosophy Statement: 
    • Should speak to the nominee’s approach to advising and/or advising administration. 
    • Should not exceed two pages, single spaced, and must be submitted in pdf format.