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. 

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

Awards

  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - New Advisor
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advisor Primary Role
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator
  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Two-Year College/Institution Advisor

Scholarships

  • Region 8 Conference Tribal College Advisor Scholarship
  • Region 8 Conference Scholarship

Nominations for the following awards are currently closed. 
  • Region 8 Annual Conference Scholarship

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.

Excellence in Advising - Two-Year College/Institution Advisor

Recognizes individuals working at a two-year college/institution who have qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising and whos primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising service to students.

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 receive $600.00 that will be used for a one-year renewal of their NACADA membership, early registration fee for the region conference, and support for travel expenses to the conference.

• Award recipients' early 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 Conference Indigenous Advisor/Tribal College Advisor Scholarship

This scholarship is for Indigenous, Tribal College, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution advisors who are responsible for advising Aboriginal [First Nations, 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. Nominees winning this award in the last five years are ineligible for nomination. 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 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. Nominees winning this award in the last five years are ineligible for nomination. Nominees winning this award in the last five years are ineligible for nomination. 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.