NACADA Region 3 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. Scroll to the bottom for more detailed information about each award/scholarship. 

Nominations for the following awards are currently closed. The nomination process will reopen in summer 2022. See descriptions of R3 Awards below. 

  • Excellence in Advising - New Advisor  |  Selection Rubric NA
  • Excellence in Advising - Primary Role  |  Selection Rubric PR
  • Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor  |  Selection Rubric FA
  • Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator  |  Selection Rubric AA
  • Region 3 Harriett Hurt Travel Scholarship
  • Region 3 Grant for Underrepresented Professionals and Institutions
  • Region 3 Professional Development Grant
  • Region 3 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship


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. To be eligible to receive the following awards - Excellence in Advising Award for Advisor Primary, Faculty Advisor and New Advisor, the nominee must be a current member of NACADA. If assistance with verification in needed, email the NACADA Executive Office at

Excellence in Advising award recipients will receive:

  • An award plaque with framed certificate
  • $600 Professional Development stipend for the purpose of funding the following:
    • One-Year NACADA general membership
    • Early region conference registration fee
    • Remaining funds are provided to the recipient to be used towards travel, lodging, and/or other approved cost associated with attending the region conference.

*It is ideal if the nominee has the support of their office/department/college/institution in attending the region conference as the recipient will be recognized and presented their award plaque with framed certificate during the Region Conference Awards and Scholarships Ceremony.


Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role  

Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. Nominee must be a current member of NACADA.

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. Nominee must be a current member of NACADA.

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. Nominee must be a current member of NACADA.

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 three (3) years or more in that role. Nominees for this award are not required to be a current member of NACADA.


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 3 Harriett Hurt Memorial Travel Scholarship

The Harriett Hurt Memorial Travel Scholarship is presented to a Region 3 NACADA member for volunteer service to Region 3 and NACADA. The Travel Scholarship is dedicated to Harriett in memory of her dedication to NACADA and her legacy of leadership in Region 3. Nominees must be a current Region 3 NACADA member and have a history of involvement and membership in the organization, as well as have a financial need of support to travel to and attend the NACADA Region 3 conference not met through their institution. The winner(s) will receive complimentary registration to the upcoming region conference in the Spring.

Harriett Hurt was a role model and inspiration to many. Harriett graduated from Greenville High School (SC) in 1962 and went directly to work. Over the next 35 years she had a colorful life as a singer. Harriett traveled, sang in a band, got married and raised a son. After the tragic death of her son during a robbery, Harriett went to work in a doughnut shop in Columbia, SC. It was during this time that Harriett befriended a customer who was also a USC professor. This professor saw something great in Harriett and kept encouraging her to attend college. Eventually she applied to USC as a 40-year-old freshman where she completed a BA in English and graduated with Honors. Harriett then earned a Masters in English and was hired to work at USC in Adult Student Services. Harriett found her life’s calling. Over the years Harriett counseled, encouraged, and sometimes pushed when necessary, many adult students to complete their degrees. She also had an impact on hundreds of traditional aged students by teaching Univ 101 and American Lit for many years. Harriett was a recipient of the USC Ada B. Thomas Staff Academic Advisor Award. She was involved in NACADA as Region 3 Steering Committee Member, South Carolina State Rep, and Region 3 Conference Planning Committee.

Harriett was dedicated to NACADA and often traveled to conferences at her own expense. Harriett passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Her loss was a blow to both USC and the Region 3 families. This award is meant to keep her spirit alive for future Region 3 members. 

The award includes early registration for the Region 3 Conference being paid by the region. Remaining award funds can be used for approved travel expenses (airfare, hotel, food, transportation etc.).

Submission Procedures: Nominations must contain factual or descriptive material including:

  • A supporting letter from the nominator, providing evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to NACADA, Region 3, 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 the regional level.
  • Two to four total letters of support from colleagues, staff, or students. 
  • Evidence of submission of a conference presentation (poster or concurrent session) to the NACADA Region 3 conference in the year of the scholarship request.
  • Statement from candidate regarding financial need for travel funding including an estimated budget of expenditures to travel to Region 3 conference.
  • Additional materials that support candidate's nomination.
Region 3 Professional Development Grant 

This grant award is designed to provide opportunities for Region 3 NACADA members to improve advising skills or knowledge with the
intention of sharing information with peers in their advising centers and/or on their campuses. Examples of possible activities include, but
are not limited to: travel to or organization of on- and off-campus advising-focused conferences, NACADA webinars, tutorials, institutes,
workshops, and seminars, or training directly related to the advisor’s position. Grant funding must be specifically linked to enhancing
academic advising quality or service to the recipient’s institutional community. Individual grants may be partially or fully funded up to
$500 per submission. Matching funding from the applicant’s home institution is encouraged. Priority is given to applicants presenting
through NACADA as a part of their participation. Grant funds are only available during the upcoming calendar year, January 1-December
31, and must be completed during the same calendar year. Funding requests after the event has occurred will not be accepted. Grant
exclusions include: NACADA or other professional association memberships, associated expenses or meals to attend not covered by event
fees. Grant recipient(s) are expected to make a scholarly contribution (i.e. Region newsletter, Academic Advising today submission, blog
post, submit a program proposal to a Region 3 conference, etc.) within 30 business days after the completed professional development

Submission Procedures:

  • Funding Proposal - Submit no longer than a two-page funding proposal to include (this document must be submitted in PDF format):
    • Role in attending (learner, presenter, other)
    • Budget for event attendance including total cost of you participation and specific funds requested
    • What the funds will be used for?
    • Is there institutional/department in-kind financial support?
  • Supervisor Endorsement
    • ​Supervisor completes and submits a statement of endorsement. Nominee must be currently serving in
      an advising-related role. This document must be submitted in PDF format.
Region 3 Grant for Underrepresented Professionals and Institutions 

This grant award is available for advisors in Region 3 for the upcoming Region 3 NACADA conference being held this spring, and is limited to individuals from community colleges, private institutions, HBCUs, or institutions in Region 3 that are under resourced and/or underrepresented in NACADA and/or at the Region 3 conference to participate. This grant award supports individual conference participation in support their developing advising skills or knowledge, as well as promoting NACADA Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals. The grant funding includes early registration fee for the Region 3 conference and a one year individual NACADA membership.

Submission Procedures:

  • A current resume covering advising related experience. This document must be submitted in PDF format.
  • A current position description or job responsibilities. This document must be submitted in PDF format.
  • A type-written statement no longer than two pages to include (This document must be submitted in PDF format):  
    • List and describe your goals/learning outcomes as a result of your participation in the Region 3 conference.
    • Describe how your participation contributes to your professional growth.
    • Describe how you intend to impact your campus’s advising culture/practices.
    • Indicate your understanding and willingness to participate in a regional conference roundtable discussion and submit a 1-page summary within 30 days of the conference’s completion to the Region Chair and Awards Coordinator.

Additional considerations that will be given in evaluating the nomination for this award:

  • Applicant agrees to actively participate in a Roundtable discussion with other regional scholarship
    and/or grant recipients at the Region 3 Conference during a concurrent session that is facilitated by the
    Region 3 Steering Committee members. The purpose of this standing session will be to serve to foster
    professional relationships in the region and to serve as a sounding board to region leaders in an effort to
    continue to expand representation at the regional conferences.
  • Applicant agrees to submit a 1-page summary within 30 days of the conference’s completion to the
    Region Chair and Awards Coordinator outlining whether or not their goals/learning outcomes were met
    and their next steps on their campus in the advising arena as a result of their participation. An endorsement is submitted by the nominee's supervisor. .
  • Priority is given to applicants that have submitted a NACADA Region 3 concurrent or poster session
    proposal and/or has not presented at a prior NACADA regional conference. Program acceptance is a
    plus but not required for consideration.


Region 3 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship 

NACADA Region 3 is excited to offer up to five graduate student conference scholarships. We want to show our support of our graduate students by encouraging attendance at the Region 3 Conference. Graduate Student Conference recipients will receive a one-year NACADA student membership and student registration for the upcoming Region 3 Conference in the Spring.


Student nominees must be currently enrolled in either a masters or doctoral program and must be involved in some aspect of academic advising on their campuses. Cannot be a full-time employee at a higher education institution. Must be enrolled in a least 6 credits in the spring semester or add a letter from nominee's department stating the nominee is actively working on the dissertation. This scholarship is not transferable to another person or another year. This is a one-time only award (recipients are not eligible to apply again.)


  • Applicants/Nominees must attend the spring Region 3 conference, attend the Awards Luncheon, and have financial support from their office/department or be willing to pay the remaining travel expenses.
  • Applicants/Nominees will write a reflection summarizing their conference experiences. This reflection may be used by the Awards Committee to market future scholarships. It must be submitted no later than May 31, 2022.
  • Applicants will volunteer at the conference if they are not presenting at the conference.

Scholarship applications will be accepted from the graduate student or a direct supervisor or the student and should be submitted through the NACADA Awards online system. All scholarship applications must include the following documents, uploaded in PDF format.

  1. Current Resume
  2. Scholarship Statement - one page description of what you hope to learn, accomplish, and/or achieve by attending the conference as well as your future career goals
  3. Advising Statement - no more than 250 words
  4. Copy of current unofficial transcript - (in PDF form)
  5. Recommendation Letter - written by direct supervisor, must highlight advising experience and confirm willingness to financially support the remainder of your travel costs (transportation, lodging, and food) or that you are willing to pay out-of-pocket for the remaining costs