NACADA Awards and Scholarships Available

Annually, NACADA awards multiple scholarships in the following categories. Scholarships are only available for Masters/PhD level students.

Global Awards and Scholarships application season continues! We would like to encourage you to seek a nomination from a supervisor, colleague, mentor, advisor, or self-nominate for the following scholarships:

Deadline: April 30, 2021 – 11:59 PM CST
Graduate Student Research Institute Scholarships

Deadline: May 3, 2021 – 11:59 PM CST
International Conference Scholarships

Deadline: June 1, 2021 – 11:59 PM CST
Summer Institute Scholarships

Deadline: July 1, 2021 – 11:59 PM CST
NACADA Scholarships: Master’s Level

Deadline: August 18, 2021 – 11:59 PM CST
New Advisor Annual Conference Scholarships
Graduate Student Annual Conference Scholarships

Annually, NACADA awards multiple scholarships in each of these categories and the pool of applicants is normally low. We offer monetary awards to support your professional development needs as well as event registrations to NACADA events that can enhance and compliment your educational endeavors.

Deadlines are upcoming this spring and summer so get started now to submit a quality application! Visit the links above to understand eligibility and submission requirements for each category. 

Kind Regards,  

Brandan Lowden
Chair, Global Awards Committee

Liz Alcántara
Content Program Coordinator

NACADA Names Melinda Anderson as Executive Director

MANHATTAN — NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising has selected Melinda Anderson as executive director of the 15,000-member association hosted by the Kansas State University College of Education. Her tenure begins in June.   

“Dr. Anderson is phenomenal — so much so it bears repeating: phenomenal,” said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. “What stands out about Melinda is her intense focus on student success. She’s a systems thinker, true collaborator, data driven, energetic and has a strategic vision about NACADA’s global orientation. She is absolutely the dynamic, well-rounded scholar we were searching for.”  

Anderson’s leadership was clearly valued as she had just been elected by the association’s global membership to a one-year term as board of directors president, a position she will step away from as executive director.

“I am so honored and thrilled to be offered an opportunity to work with very talented colleagues at Kansas State University and in the association,” Anderson said. “I am looking forward to joining the executive office for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and continuing to raise the profile of our work focused on student success through excellence in academic advising.”  

Anderson currently serves as the interim associate vice chancellor for student success at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. She previously served as associate dean of undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, director of pre-health and pre-law advising at Virginia Commonwealth University and associate director of academic advising at the College of William and Mary.  

An active NACADA member since 2009, Anderson was a regular presenter at regional, national and international conferences and served as NACADA Region 2 chair, emerging leader mentor and Inclusion and Engagement Committee member. 

NACADA is a nonprofit association of higher education professionals that promotes student success by advancing the field of academic advising globally, with membership in 35 countries. The association provides opportunities for professional development and networking through its conferences, institutes, communities of practice, research, journals and publications.

NACADA’s Charlie Nutt Inspires International Award

Submitted by Patrice Scott

After traveling the world and dedicating his career to promoting academic advising as the cornerstone of student success, Charlie Nutt, executive director of NACADA: The Global Community of Academic Advising, has inspired an international award named in his honor.   

The Charlie Nutt Award was established by two European associations, UK Advising and Tutoring, or UKAT, and the Netherlands’ Landelijke Vereniging van Studieadviseurs, or LVSA. Announced during the associations’ joint conference on March 31, the award is in “recognition of the magnificent work Charlie has done for advising globally and the emergence of a global community of academic advisors.”  

Nutt was stunned by the announcement.  

“I cannot fully express my deep gratitude for this thoughtful and amazing award,” Nutt said. “I am very proud of the work that NACADA and the board of directors have undertaken to promote and expand opportunities for professional development, research and networking in the field of academic advising and student success across the globe. Thank you from my heart to Oscar van den Wijngaard, David Grey, and the UKAT and LVSA leadership for this honor.”  

It was especially meaningful to Nutt when the name of the recipient was announced. The inaugural Charlie Nutt Award was presented to Gavin Farber, academic advisor in the Fox School of Business at Temple University, because he “exemplifies the purpose of the award in promoting and supporting international collaboration.”  

“I am so proud of Gavin and am honored that he was selected,” Nutt said. “He has made many international contributions through advisor mentoring, connecting advisors around the world and contributions to UKAT. Gavin is definitely impacting our field globally.”

Dodge City Community College Seeks Advising Specialist

Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas is looking for a Advising Specialist. The Academic Specialist advises students and assists them in making informed college major and career choices by collaborating with college faculty and community college/university counselors to remain current with transferability of courses, majors, and admissions requirements, and the employment trends for career pathways.  The Advising Specialist will provide activities to increase retention rates, course completion rates, graduation rates, and transfer rates for program participants at the Connection Center and Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC). 

For More information and to apply, please visit

Title V Advising Specialist

The University of Missouri – Learning Specialist Position

The University of Missouri is seeking to fill a Learning Specialist Position that will work with Olympic sport teams. 

This position will implement comprehensive educational programming specifically targeting those student –athletes deemed most at-risk, including those diagnosed with education impacting disabilities. Additionally this position is responsible for providing academic counseling and support for a caseload of student-athletes to ensure that they make satisfactory/appropriate academic progress towards graduation and meet all university, conference, and NCAA eligibility requirements. This includes counseling student-athletes concerning the institution’s academic requirements and student support structure. Essential duties of this position will include; 1) Mentoring and tutoring student-athletes with education impacting disabilities; 2) Monitoring and developing success plans to assist student-athletes in fulfilling educational deficiencies;  3) Collaborate with staff on the development of short and long range goals, and the coordination of the recruiting, training, continued education and evaluation of the Enhanced Learning Program; 4) Liaison with Office of Disability Services; 5) Work together with Student-athlete Academic Services staff members to ensure transparency and develop a holistic approach for student-athlete academic development through orientation sessions, facilitating/recommending tutoring for students, monitoring class attendance, and preparing periodic reports; participating in on-campus recruiting activities and other duties as assigned by the Director.

Qualified applicants will have a Master’s degree and 2-4 years’ experience as a learning specialist for student-athletes or related experience working with individuals with educational impacting disabilities. Knowledge of NCAA and SEC rules and regulations, experience in developing and implementing successful programs for at risk students and/or student-athletes, excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail is critical. The candidate should possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills. An ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds as well as faculty, coaches and administrators is a necessity. Ability to work nights and weekends as required is essential.

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To apply please visit the following website:

Job Opening ID: 36093     

Posting Title: Student Service Coordinator – Mizzou Made

To apply, send resume and cover letter to:

Tami Chievous, 

Executive Athletic Director of Academic Services

University of Missouri

100 MATC

Columbia, MO  65211

NC State Seeking a Learning Specialist

NC State currently has an opening for a full-time learning specialist at the coordinator level. Applications will be accepted until approximately April 2nd, with the expectation of a June 1st start date. Candidates should have experience working with underprepared students (preferably student-athletes), knowledge of learning techniques and study skills, and the ability to work with a diverse group of learners (including those with educationally-impacting disabilities). To apply:

Master’s Degree Graded Work Requirements

Edit – The Academic Advising Graduate Programs do not allow pass/fail or credit/no credit options. All courses must be taken for a grade.

E. Grade Requirements

E.1 Graded Work

Graduate work is graded A, B, C, D, F, incomplete, or withdrawn. For graduate credit, the grade in a course must be C or higher. To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To be awarded a graduate degree, the student (a) must not be on probation (see Section F.2), (b) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on graduate coursework and on coursework on the program of study, (c) must meet all the requirements of the Graduate School, the student’s academic program area, and the student’s supervisory committee, and (d) must be enrolled during the semester in which the degree requirements are completed.

E.3 Incomplete Policy

The grade of Incomplete (I) is given in regular courses (except for theses and directed research courses) upon request of the student for personal emergencies that are verifiable. The faculty member has the responsibility to provide written notification to the student of the work required to remove the incomplete. The student has the responsibility to take the initiative in completing the work and is expected to make up the I during the next semester (Fall or Spring) after receiving the grade (except for theses and directed research courses). If the student does not make up the I during the next semester after receiving it, a grade may be given by the faculty member without further consultation with the student.

If after the end of the next semester the I remains on the record, it will be designated as F (previously IX) for record keeping and will be computed in the student’s GPA, weighted at 0 points per credit. A grade of NR will be treated in a like manner.

E.4 Retake Policy

If the student received less than 3.0 in a course, the student may retake the course with approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee. If the course is retaken by the direction of the major professor and the supervisory committee, the original grade is noted as retaken and removed from the grade point average. The retake grade will always be used in computing the grade point average regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the original grade. A student may retake a course with subsequent removal of the prior grade only once for each course and for a total of two courses in the program of study. An approved program of study must be on file in the Graduate School at the time the retake request is submitted. Retake requests must be made prior to enrolling in the course.

Summer and Fall Enrollment Begins March 29

Enrollment for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 will begin March 29, 2021.

Course Offerings for Summer 2021
EDCEP 816 Research Methods
EDCEP 829 Learning Principles
EDCEP 835 Foundations of Academic Advising
EDCEP 836  Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising
EDCEP 838  Student Development Theory
EDCEP 854 College Student Athlete
EDCEP 863 Trends in Career Development
EDCEP 864 Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
EDSP 853 College Students with Special Needs

Enrollment for Summer 2021 is March 29 – June 7, 2021

Course Offerings for Fall 2021
EDCEP 812 History and Philosophy of Higher Education
EDCEP 816 Research Methods
EDCEP 829 Learning Principles
EDCEP 835 Foundations of Academic Advising
EDCEP 836 Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising
EDCEP 838 Student Development Theory
EDCEP 851 Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising
EDCEP 854 College Student Athlete
EDCEP 863 Trends in Career Development

Fall enrollment is March 29– August 17, 2021.

Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Planning is underway for the spring 2021 commencement ceremonies. Because it is impossible to predict the status of the pandemic in May and we plan to host ceremonies for spring, summer, and fall 2020 as well as spring 2021 graduates, we will hold commencement in an outdoor venue. 

Spring 2021 Ceremonies will be hosted on the below dates.
*Details about overall schedules will be forthcoming. 

Manhattan Ceremonies:
Friday, May 14, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Information regarding ceremony schedules, location, and details for participation by graduates will be posted throughout the spring semester. Updates will be made available on the website and will be sent to graduates via their K-State email. 

K-State Scholarship Network Application Deadline is March 15

The K-State Scholarship Network (KSN) is an online application portal that will connect you to additional scholarship opportunities.

You will create a profile in the system that will help match you to specific scholarship opportunities provided by K-State donors and offered through university departments, potentially including your own academic college and/or department.

Make sure to submit your K-State Scholarship Network application by the March 15 priority date!