NACADA Region 7 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. 

Applications will be open August 3, 2020 - November 1, 2020

  • Excellence in Advising - Primary Role
  • Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - New Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator

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

  • Region 7 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship  (see requirements at the end of this page)

Applications will be open May 4 - June 30, 2020

  • Region 7 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship

Submission Instructions


  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.

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.

Submission timeline: August 3 - November 1 each year

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 7 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship

Graduate Student Scholarship recipients will receive a one-year NACADA student membership and student registration for the upcoming Region 7 Conference in the Spring.


To be eligible, 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 3 credit hours in the spring semester or add a letter from nominee's department stating s/he is actively working on the dissertation. This scholarship is not transferable to another person or another year. This is a one-time only award (previous Region 7 Graduate Scholarship recipients are not eligible).


Applicants/Nominees must attend the spring Region 7 conference, attend the Awards Luncheon, and have financial support from their office/department or be willing to pay the remaining travel expenses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to 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 and should be submitted through the NACADA Awards online system. All scholarship applications must include the following documents, uploaded in PDF format:

  • Current Resume
  • 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. (in PDF format)
  • Advising Statement - no more than 250 words. (in PDF format)
  • Copy of current unofficial transcript - (in PDF format)
  • Recommendation Letter - written by direct supervisor or faculty member, 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. (in PDF format)