REGION 5 AWARDS & GRANTS PROGRAMS
 

NACADA Region 5 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/grant. 

Nominations for the following awards will close at 11:59 p.m. central Monday, November 1, 2021. 

  • Excellence in Advising - New Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - Primary Role
  • Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator
  • Service to Region 5 Award
  • Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award
  • Region 5 Professional Development Grant
  • Region 5 Crossing Borders Grant

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.

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. 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 rawards@ksu.edu.

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.

Categories:

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.

Service to Region 5 Award 
  1. Any individual who is currently a NACADA member in Region 5 and has a history of involvement in our region.
  2. Current members of the Region 5 Steering Committee are not eligible for consideration for this award.  After the member’s term of office is over, the nominee may then be eligible for consideration.
  3. Previous Service to Region 5 Award winners are not eligible.

Submission Procedures:

Nominations must contain adequate factual or narrative material that describes the extent to which an individual meets the awards criteria. Include the following items listed below. Use of objective data to support the nomination is encouraged.

  1. Nomination Letter - this letter should provide evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to the NACADA Region 5 and 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.
  2. Letters of Support - You may 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.

Award recipient 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.

Region 5 Professional Development Grant 

The purpose of the grant is intended to support an individual or group (professional, faculty, or peer) who is engaging, or seeking to engage, in activities intended to further one's role, function or responsibility within the field of Academic Advising. Examples include costs related to graduate coursework, attendance at training institutes or leadership seminars. The NACADA Great Lakes Region 5 steering committee may grant up to $500.00 for this award. Preference will be given to applicants who will be submitting proposals for presentation at the professional development event for which they are applying.

  1. Provide a description of the academic training/course/program for which this scholarship will be used.
  2. Provide a description of the academic plan or intent for this activity.
  3. Provide a list of budget/costs as well as other sources of financial support for this endeavor.
  4. Provide a description of how the activity (academic training/course/program) relates to academic advising and how this will benefit you, your department, and the students with whom you work.
  5. Provide a timeline for completion of the proposed activity.
  6. Applicant MUST be a member in good standing of NACADA and Great Lakes Region 5.
  7. Please note: Selected recipients must submit for reimbursement by December 1 of the calendar year the grant is awarded or they will forfeit the funds. 
Region 5 Crossing Borders Grant

The purpose of the grant is to support an individual (professional, faculty, or NACADA Region 5 Member) who is seeking to engage in scholarship, research or professional development activities within Region 5, but in a different state/province than where they live and work. It is intended to foster the collaboration and collegiality that exists in Region 5 by encouraging members to attend conferences, workshops, and professional development opportunities in areas outside one’s own geographical location of the region (i.e., in a different state or province from where they live and work). Funding will be considered for those who demonstrate that participation in the events in other states, province, or allied groups will further one's role, function or responsibility within the field of Academic Advising. Funding will not be offered for members to attend the annual Region 5 conference. The NACADA Great Lakes Region 5 steering committee may grant up to $500.00 for this award. Preference will be given to applicants who will be submitting proposals for presentation at the professional development event for which they are applying.

In order to apply for this award, the individual must include all of the following items in the grant proposals to be given full consideration:

  1. Provide a description of the scholarship, research or professional development activity for which this grant will be used.
  2. Provide a description of how this activity will foster the collaboration and collegiality within Region 5. 
  3. Provide a list of budget/costs as well as other sources of financial support for this endeavor.
  4. Provide a description of how the activity (scholarship, research or professional development activity) relates to academic advising and how this will benefit you (the individual), your department, and the students with whom you work.
  5. List other professional activities you have completed in the last two years.
  6. Provide a timeline for completion of the proposed activity.
  7. Full disclosure of the member's home address and the full address of the institution(s) where they are currently employed.
  8. Applicant MUST be a member in good standing of NACADA and Great Lakes Region 5.
  9. Confirmation of acceptance for scholarship, research or professional development activity must be submitted prior to the funding being awarded.
  10. Please note: Selected recipients must submit for reimbursement by December 1 of the calendar year the grant is awarded or they will forfeit the funds. 
Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award

The purpose of this award is to support an advising professional (i.e., advisor, faculty advisor, or advising administrator) or advising team who has creatively improved advising practices at their institution by successfully proposing and executing an “outside-of-the-box” innovative advising strategy. Because advising organizational structures, advising technologies, processes/policies/systems, and student needs constantly change, Region 5 acknowledges the importance for advising professionals to think of and experiment with new ways of doing business to improve advising effectiveness, advising efficiency, and student success. Both unit-specific innovations and institutional-wide advising innovations will be considered equally for this award to encourage advising professionals at all levels to apply. This award may recognize innovative advising programs, models, approaches, initiatives, research, assessment, training, and/or technology. 

Submissions can be made by an individual or a team and is via the NACADA Awards online nomination system. If you are completing an individual submission, you must be a current NACADA member at the time of applying (learn how to become a member here: https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Member-Services/Become-a-Member.aspx). If you are completing a submission on behalf of a team, provide the names of all your team members. 

This award is for $400 which will include early registration to the Region 5 Conference. The remaining funds will be used for some approved Region 5 Conference travel expenses (travel/hotel/food).

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Advising innovation must be implemented for at least 1 year at time of submission (may include pilot period)
  • Clear evidence of effectiveness is required

Additional Submission Requirements (uploaded in PDF format):

  • Statement (2 pages maximum) which includes:
    • Name(s) and institution
    • Rationale for innovation (why, how, and when did the innovation occur?)
    • Description of innovation (what did the innovation consist of?)
    • Description of the problems/issues the innovation was intended to fix/improve
       
  • Evidence and Results (1 page maximum) which includes:
    • Demonstrated success of innovation in terms of improving advising effectiveness, advising efficiency, and/or student success (when possible, please include any data, before/after comparisons, etc.)
    • Impact of innovation on students, advisors, and/or institution