NACADA Region 6 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 will close at 11:59 p.m. central Monday, November 2, 2020. 

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


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.


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 6 Indigenous Advising Scholarship

To recognize advisors from Tribal Colleges and other post secondary institutions who are responsible for advising Indigenous [First Nation, Metis Nation, and Inuit] students in Region 6. Each winner will receive complimentary region conference registration, NACADA general membership, and travel when funds are available.


You may be eligible for one of two scholarships we are able to offer through the NACADA North Central Region 6 Steering Committee. Each winner will receive complimentary region conference registration, NACADA general membership, and travel when funds are available. To be eligible, you must be an advisor or have as your primary work assignment in Tribal Colleges or other post secondary institutions where you are  responsible for advising Indigenous [First Nation, Metis Nation, and Inuit] students in Region 6, which includes: the Northwest Territories (Canada), Manitoba (Canada), Saskatchewan (Canada), North Dakota (US), South Dakota (US), Nebraska (US), Iowa (US), and Minnesota (US).

Submission Procedures:

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit your resume which includes your present employment information.
  • Submit a brief essay (200 words maximum) describing your interest in the NACADA Region 6 Conference and your experience in developing programming for your office or campus based on your conference experiences.
Region 6 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship

To recognize current students who are members of NACADA and plan to attend the Region 6 Conference in the spring. Students will receive complimentary region conference registration, NACADA student membership, and travel when funds are available. If you receive this scholarship, please work with either the region chair, the conference chair, or the awards chair to ensure you are registered in a timely manner.  

  • You must be a current graduate student (or have completed a recent graduate program, and not currently employed full-time in an advising field).
  • You must be a current student member of NACADA.
  • You must attend the Region 6 Conference.

Submission Procedures:

Please provide the following information, in pdf format, using no more than 1-page typed::

  1. The goals you hope to accomplish by attending the Region 6 Conference.
  2. Ways you would like to become involved with NACADA, especially Region 6.
  3. Future career goals after you complete your current degree program.
Service to Region 6 Award

This award annually recognizes the importance of volunteer service to Region 6 by a NACADA member through outstanding service to the organization and the Region. The recipient receives a framed award certificate, a one year NACADA general membership, and is honored at the awards ceremony held during the Region Conference in the Spring.


  1. A nominee must be a current member of NACADA and must also have a history of involvement and membership in the organization.
  2. Previous recipients are not eligible
  3. Current members of the Region 6 Steering Committee are not eligible for consideration for this award. After the member's term of office is over, s/he may then be eligible for consideration

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain adequate factual or descriptive material for the selection Committee to evaluate the nomination, including:

  1. A supporting letter from the nominator, providing evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to Region 6, 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 or national level.
  2. Letters of support from colleagues, students or staff not to exceed two letters in any category.
  3. Nominee resume or vita.
  4. Additional materials that support the candidate's nomination.

*Nominations must include only original documentation prepared specifically for the NACADA Region 6 Awards Program. Materials intended for other award programs will not be considered.

The award recipient receives a framed certificate, a one year NACADA general membership, and is honored at the awards ceremony held during the Region Conference in the Spring.