#GivingTuesday – Your Gift’s Impact on Student Affairs

Gifts to the NASPA Foundation this #GivingTuesday support aspiring and practicing student affairs professionals from across the globe. Learn about the scholarships, grants and awards that you make possible through gifts to the NASPA Foundation. Last year, the support of NASPA members on this day enabled us to increase both our Innovation Grants and Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarship offerings.

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Jim Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarship

Meet Stacie Brodie, Jemilia S. Davis, Brianna Ramirez and Britt Spears, recipients of the 2017 NASPA Foundation Jim Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarship. Each year four graduate students pursuing a master's or doctoral program in higher education, student affairs, or a related field, are awarded a $500 scholarship to help defray the cost of attending the NASPA Annual Conference. In 2018 the NASPA Foundation will be doubling the scholarship to $1,000 per fellow.

Stacie Brodie, Master's candidate in Higher Education Leadership, University of Texas at Austin

Stacie Brodie's scholarship winning video, "Metal Health Support for Underrepresented Students of Color"

Jemilia S. Davis, Ph.D. student, North Carolina State University

Jemilia S. Davis' scholarship winning video, "Student Activism"

Brianna Ramirez, doctoral student, University of California, San Diego

Brianna Ramirez's scholarship winning video, "Undocumented Students in Higher Education"

Britt Spears, graduate student, Missouri State University

Britt Spears' scholarship winning video, "Race Relations on College Campuses: Then and Now"

NASPA Innovation Grant 

How often have you had a new and creative idea for your campus, but the funds are not there? Conferred twice a year and to be used immediately, the Innovation Grants provide awards to support innovation, exploration, and development for NASPA members, regardless of campus membership affiliation. With three levels of grants of application round, ranging from up to $1,000, $1,000 - $3,000, and $3,000 - $5,000, these funds are intended to provide the scaffolding for NASPA members to implement innovative ideas that lead to student learning and success. 

2017 NASPA Innovation Grant Winners

University of Texas, El Paso – “CapABLE Voices: The Photovoice of Students with Disabilities”

University of Houston – “Diversity and Inclusion Departmental Reviews”

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – “Assessing the Campus Climate for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence”

Newbury College – “EmpowerMENt”

Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year

The NASPA Foundation Hardee Award—named after student affairs and higher education pioneer Dr. Melvene D. Hardee of Florida State University—honors the best emergent scholarship in the field as demonstrated through a completed dissertation, in addition to the mentorship that shapes these scholars and the passion of the newly minted doctoral degree. 

For over 35 years, the NASPA Foundation has recognized scholars and administrators who have made their mark on the field. The honorees include associate or assistant vice presidents of Research-I institutions, former deans in private intuitions, chancellors, professors, assistant professors, and so on. Our NASPA Hardee honorees also work in community colleges, state education offices, and for university systems. They are a reminder that there is no one way to do student affairs work, but that our objective as scholars and practitioners remains the same: We all work towards the healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development of students. 

2017 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year winner

Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Associate Director of Inclusive Excellence, California State University, Monterey Bay

Ruth Strang Research Award

The Ruth Strang Research Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the body of literature concerning women in higher education. This award encourages high-quality research related to women in higher education and seeks to promote research by, for, and about women. Submissions may be published or unpublished articles, academic papers, book chapters, or portfolios that show strong scholarship and address topics relevant to the education of women and their personal and professional development.

2017 Ruth Strang Award Winner

Nina Daoud, Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Action

Applications are due Friday, December 1, 2017.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program GRE Scholarships

The NASPA Foundation supports the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) in awarding NUFP GRE Scholarships to NUFP Fellows.

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ. By mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, this semi-structured program diversifies and broadens the pipeline of our profession. Students and mentors apply as a pair. If accepted into the program, students are then known as Fellows and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events.

Supporting the NASPA Foundation 

Support the NASPA Foundation and these amazing scholarships, grants and awards in just five easy steps:

1.     Who inspires you – a colleague, a mentor, a student, a friend?

2.     Make a $10 donation in their honor here.

3.     Send a tweet to @NASPAtweets while using the hashtags #GivingTuesday #SAinspire #NASPAgives

4.     Post a video dedication on social media!

5.     Challenge your friends to do the same!