Global Awards

Our awards are designed to honor individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising within higher education.  The program goals are to:
  • Recognize outstanding advising throughout higher education
  • Offer a global advising rewards system 
  • Encourage wider support of advising personnel and programs
  • Ultimately improve advising services for students

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Award Categories

Global Awards Program: NACADA's "Big Four" Awards

Bobbie Flaherty Service to NACADA Award
Leading Light Award
Michael C. Holen Pacesetter Award
Virgina N. Gordan Award

Global Awards Program: Outstanding Advising Awards

Outstanding Advising Award - Academic Advising Primary Category
Outstanding Advising Award - Faculty Academic Advising Category
Outstanding Advising Administrator Award
Outstanding Advising Program Awards
Outstanding New Advisor Awards - Academic Advising Primary Role
Outstanding New Advisor Awards - Faculty Academic Advising

Global Awards Program: Publications & Research Awards

Leigh S. Shaffer Award
Student Research Awards
Excellence in Scholarly Inquiry Award

Global Awards Program: Event Associated Scholarships

Graduate Student Annual Conference Scholarships
NACADA Scholarships
New Advisor Annual Conference Scholarships
International Conference Scholarships
Wesley R. Habley Summer Institute Scholarships
Winter Institute Scholarships: Administrators' Institute & Assessment Institute
Research Institute Scholarship

Global Awards Program: Advising Community Division Awards

ACD Service Awards

Global Awards Program: Advising Innovation Awards

Advising Innovation Awards


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Award Questions

How do I find an award or scholarship?
  1. Click on the individual award links in the left column to read the criteria
  2. View Scholarships where you will find descriptions and criteria
What are the deadlines to apply?
  1. Upcoming deadlines for both scholarships and awards are listed here.
How do I nominate someone for an award or how can I apply?

 Please visit Submission Instructions before starting your nomination.  Information and tips for nominators are included there.

When is the presentation of awards?

Most awards are presented at the Annual Conference held each fall in various locations. Recipients are honored with an evening ceremony and presentation of Awards by the current NACADA President and the Global Global Awards Committee Chair and hosted by the NACADA Board of Directors.


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