REGION 8 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

NACADA Region 8 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. 

Application period will be open from July 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019.

Awards

  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advisor Primary Role
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - New Advisor
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator
  • Region 8 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship/Research Award
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advising Equity Champion
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Two-Year College Advising
  • Region 8 Innovation in Advising Award

Scholarships

  • Region 8 Conference First-Time Attendee Scholarship
  • Region 8 Conference First-Time Presenter Scholarship
  • Region 8 Conference Tribal College Advisor Scholarship
  • Region 8 Two-Year College Advisor Scholarship
  • Region 8 Conference Scholarship

Submission Instructions

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL

  1. Enter a password - keep it simple
  2. Select your Region
  3. Select the award from the drop down box
  4. RECORD your Award/Scholarship Nomination Number and your password 
  5. Enter all information
  6. All uploaded documents must be in pdf form
  7. You can leave and come back as long as you have not hit 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.

Submission timeline: July 1 - 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.

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 8 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship/Research Award

This award will annually recognize one individual who has contributed meaningful scholarship in academic advising. 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 8 seeks to recognize well-published as well as novice scholars in the region. 

  • 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 demonstrate scholarly 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. 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 one or 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.
Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advising Equity Champion Award

This award recognizes an individual who is making advising more inclusive, equitable, and responsive to the needs of historically marginalized and/or non-traditional student populations. During the evaluation and selection process, nominees will be evaluated on the work they have done that helps address inequities experienced by students during their college careers. This may be represented by the development of advising competency trainings or research that promotes educational equity, advising programs or initiatives that target inequities, and advising professional development opportunities for advisors who have identified as historically marginalized and/or non-traditional students. Region 8 seeks to recognize both outstanding one time efforts and/or high quality work sustained over time .

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 work focused on addressing inequalities experienced by college students. 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 and should include:

Statement (2 pages maximum) which includes:

  • Institution
  • Program development (why, how, and when the program was developed)
  • Results overview (impact on students, advisors, and the institution)
  • Potential for adaptation by other institutions 

    Evidence (1 page maximum) that clearly demonstrates program effectiveness and its impact on the students, advisors, and institution.

Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Two-Year College Advising Award

This award recognizes an individual who has the qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising at a higher education institution that primarily awards two-year degrees or certificates and whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of academic advising services to students. During the evaluation and selection process, nominees will be evaluated on the work they have done that helps improve academic advising at a two-year college. This may be represented by the development of advising trainings or research that focuses on working with students at two-year colleges, advising programs or initiatives that target two-year college students, and advising professional development opportunities for two-year college advisors. Region 8 seeks to recognize both outstanding one time efforts and/or high quality work sustained over time.

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 work focused on advising students at two-year colleges. 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 and should include:

Statement (2 pages maximum) which includes:
  • Institution
  • Program development (why, how, and when the program was developed)
  • Results overview (impact on students, advisors, and the institution)
  • Potential for adaptation by other institutions

Evidence (1 page maximum) that clearly demonstrates program effectiveness and its impact on the students, advisors, and institution.

Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Innovation in Advising Award
 

This award recognizes an individual 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. During the evaluation and selection process, nominees will be evaluated on innovative approaches taken to improve advising effectiveness, advising efficiency, and student success. This may be represented by new advising programs, models, initiatives, research, assessment, training, and/or technology. Region 8 seeks to recognize both unit-specific innovations and institutional-wide advising innovations to encourage advising professionals at all levels to apply.

Submissions can be made by an individual or a team. If you are completing a submission on behalf of a team, provide the names of all your team members. For submissions involving more than two (2) team members, clearly identify the two main contributors as our Region 8 can only award up to two complimentary registrations to the NACADA Region 8 Regional Conference on behalf of an entire team. At least one of the two main contributors must be a current NACADA member at the time submission.

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.

Nomination/Application Letter  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual or team is being nominated for the award. This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate work focused on an innovative advising strategy. 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 and should include:

  • Statement (2 pages maximum)
    • 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
Region 8 Conference First-Time Attendee Scholarship

This scholarship is for advisors attending the Region 8 Conference for the first time. Each winner will receive $500 to use towards Region 8 conference expenses (registration, travel, and/or hotel).

Eligibility

You must be an advisor who works within Region 8 and plans to attend the Region 8 conference for the first time. Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria
Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and NACADA goals as evidenced through a short application. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization.

Submission Procedures

In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be applicants will be required to respond to the following four questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

  • NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."  Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.
  • How will attending this conference help you in your current position?
  • How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advising?
  • How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
  • How would a scholarship impact your attendance to the Region 8 conference? Please include your plan for covering expenses not paid for by the scholarship.
Region 8 Conference First-Time Presenter Scholarship

 

This scholarship is for individuals presenting at the Region 8 Conference for the first time. Each winner will receive $500 to use towards Region 8 conference expenses (registration, travel, and/or hotel).

Eligibility

You must be Region 8 member who has submitted a proposal to present at the Region 8 conference for the first time. (You will apply before you know if your presentation is accepted. We will choose from only those who are accepted). Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria
Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and NACADA goals as evidenced through a short application. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization. 

Submission Procedures

Apply through the NACADA online submission portal. In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be required to respond to the following four questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

  • NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."  Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.
  • How will attending this conference help you in your current position?
  • How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advising?
  • How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
  • How would a scholarship impact your attendance to the Region 8 conference? Please include your plan for covering expenses not paid for by the scholarship.
Region 8 Conference Tribal College Advisor Scholarship
 

This scholarship is for Tribal College, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution advisors who are responsible for advising Aboriginal [First Nation, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander] students in Region 8. Each winner will receive $500 to use towards Region 8 conference expenses (registration, travel, and/or hotel). 

Eligibility
You must be a Tribal College, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, or Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution advisor who is responsible for advising Aboriginal [First Nation, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander] students in Region 8. Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships. .

Scholarship Criteria
Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and NACADA goals as evidenced through a short application. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization. 

Submission Procedures

Apply through the NACADA online submission portal. In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be required to respond to the following four questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

  • NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."  Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.
  • How will attending this conference help you in your current position?
  • How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advising?
  • How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
  • How would a scholarship impact your attendance to the Region 8 conference? Please include your plan for covering expenses not paid for by the scholarship.
Region 8 Conference Two-Year College Advisor Scholarship

This scholarship is for advisors who work at a two-year college in Region 8. Each winner will receive $500 to use towards Region 8 conference expenses (registration, travel, and/or hotel).

Eligibility

You must be an advisor who works at a two-year college in Region 8. Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria
Apply through the NACADA online submission portal. Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and NACADA goals as evidenced through a short application. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization.

Submission Procedures

Apply through the NACADA online submission portal. In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be required to respond to the following four questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

  • NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."  Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.
  • How will attending this conference help you in your current position?
  • How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advising?
  • How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
  • How would a scholarship impact your attendance to the Region 8 conference? Please include your plan for covering expenses not paid for by the scholarship.
Region 8 Conference Scholarship
 
This scholarship is for advisors attending the Region 8 Conference who are in need of financial support. Each winner will receive $500 to use towards Region 8 conference expenses (registration, travel, and/or hotel). 

Scholarship Eligibility
You must be living/working in Region 8. Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships

Scholarship Criteria
Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and  NACADA goals  as evidenced through a short application. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

Scholarship Submission Procedure
Apply for Region 8 Scholarships through the NACADA online submission portal. In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be required to respond to the following five questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

  • NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."   Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.
  • How will attending this conference help you in your current position?
  • How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advising?
  • How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
  • How would a scholarship impact your attendance to the Region 8 conference? Please include your plan for covering expenses not paid for by the scholarship.