National Association of Campus Activities Foundation

NACA ScholarshipsThe NACA Foundation was established in 1982 to develop and provide educational programs and services for college and university students, professional staff and others who work in the field of student activities. The NACA Foundation offers numerous scholarships that are available to graduate students, undergraduate student leaders and associate members on an annual basis. Scholarship nominations are solicited each year.

Note:

  • Only ELECTRONIC applications and supporting documents submitted through the online scholarship application will be accepted.
  • We will not accept any materials via mail, email or fax. Any materials received through these methods will be disregarded.
  • Online applications will NOT be accepted if all of the supporting documents are not attached.
  • Transcripts and letters of support do NOT need to be officially sealed.
  • Only the first 75 applications for each scholarship will be considered.
  • High school students (including graduating seniors) and international students who are not US Citizens are NOT eligible for these scholarships.

Wisconsin Region Student Leadership Scholarship

ONLY current graduate or undergraduate students in the former NACA Wisconsin Region [Michigan (area code 906) and Wisconsin] are eligible to apply.
The NACA Wisconsin Region Student Leadership Scholarship is designed to assist students pursuing graduate or undergraduate study leading toward a career in student activities or a related student services field. Scholarships are credited directly to the institution in which the student is enrolled to cover tuition, fees and related educational expenses, upon certification of enrollment by the institution’s registrar. The scholarship endowment provides for one annual award and is non-renewable. If a recipient does not need to make full use of the award for tuition, fees and related educational purposes, the student may use the remaining funds toward institutional expenses the following year, or may return the unused funds to the NACA Foundation.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated undergraduate or graduate students in good standing and enrolled in the equivalent of at least six semester credits at the time of the application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Be either currently enrolled in, or have received a degree from, a college or university within Wisconsin or Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Have demonstrated leadership skill and significant service to their campus community
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible

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NACA East Coast Undergraduate Scholarship for Student Leaders

ONLY current undergraduate students in the former NACA East Coast Region [Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania (area codes 215, 267, 484, 570, 610 and 717) and Washington, DC] are eligible to apply.

The NACA East Coast Undergraduate Scholarship for Student Leaders, establised in 1995, was created through an endowment by the former NACA East Coast Region to the NACA Foundation. The scholarship is intended to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees, books, etc. Scholarships are awarded in spring/summer, with checks mailed to recipients upon verification of enrollment.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated undergraduate students in good standing at the time of their application and during the semester in which the award is received;
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Demonstrate significant leadership skills and ability;
  • Hold a significant leadership position on campus or in the community;
  • Have made significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus; and,
  • Be enrolled in a college or university within the former NACA East Coast Region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY and Eastern PA).
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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NACA Southeast Student Leadership Scholarship



ONLY current undergraduate students within the former NACA Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible to apply.

The NACA Southeast Student Leadership Scholarship, endowed by the former NACA Southeast Region, was established in 1994 to recognize the achievements of undergraduate student leaders enrolled at colleges and universities in the former NACA Southeast Region. The fund provides up to four scholarships annually. Awards are intended to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books. are made in the summer; scholarships are mailed to recipients no later than Aug. 1.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be full-time, matriculated undergraduate students in good standing at the time of the application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Demonstrate significant leadership skills and ability
  • Hold a significant leadership position on campus
  • Have made significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus
  • Be enrolled in a college or university within the former NACA Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and the territory of Puerto Rico)
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Multicultural Scholarship Program

ONLY current undergraduate students, graduate students and school staff members are eligible to apply.

The Multicultural Scholarship Program is part of the NACA Foundation’s affirmative action effort to increase the participation of ethnic minority individuals in the field of campus activities. The program is designed to provide economic assistance to qualified under-represented programmers, allowing them to attend NACA-sponsored training workshops, regional conferences and National Conventions.

Up to four scholarships will be awarded annually. The awards are for registration only; travel is not included. One of the four scholarships is endowed by the former NACA New England Region and designated for a student or staff member at a college or university within that region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT).

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Applicants are to be identified as members of the African-American, Latina/Latino, Native American, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander ethnic minorities.
  • NACA membership is not a prerequisite for applicant consideration
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen. High school students are not eligible.

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NACA Regional Council Student Leader Scholarship

ONLY current undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

The Regional Council Scholarship fund was established in 1996 in order to provide scholarships to recipients from within each of NACA’s regions. The fund, administered by the NACA Foundation, is maintained by an annual contribution from each of the regions. The scholarships, which annually vary in amount, are to be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, fees or other related expenses. Scholarships are presented at individual NACA regional conferences.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated undergraduate students in good standing at the time of application and during the semester in which the awards are received;
  • Hold significant leadership positions on their campuses;
  • Have made significant contributions to their campus communities; and,
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
  • High school students are not eligible.

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NACA East Coast Graduate Student Scholarship

ONLY current graduate students in the former NACA East Coast Region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania [area codes 215, 267, 484, 570, 610 and 717] and Washington, DC) are eligible to apply.

The NACA East Coast Graduate Student Scholarship, established in 1995, was created through an endowment by the former NACA East Coast Region to the NACA Foundation. The fund provides for up to two scholarships annually, which are intended to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees, books, etc. Scholarships are awarded in spring/summer, with checks mailed to recipients upon verification of enrollment. Applications for the NACA East Coast Graduate Student Scholarship are solicited in the spring but are accepted year-round.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated in a master’s or doctorate degree program in student personnel services or a related area, and provide proof of acceptance and matriculation into an accredited graduate school within the former NACA East Coast Region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, and Eastern PA)
  • Have demonstrated experience and involvement in campus activities and be committed to pursuing a career as a campus activities professional.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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NACA Foundation Graduate Scholarships

ONLY current undergraduate students within the former NACA Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible to apply.

One means by which the NACA Foundation demonstrates its commitment to the development of professionals in the field of campus activities is through providing scholarships to individuals pursuing graduate work in preparation for, or to enhance, a career in campus activities. NACA offers four graduate scholarships—the Donald L. McCullough Memorial Scholarship Fund, the New England McCullough Memorial Scholarship Fund, the William E. Brattain Graduate Scholarship Fund and the Hayward M. “Skip” Daugherty, Jr. GraduateScholarship Fund. The Brattain and the Daugherty scholarships are for students in the former Illiana (IL, IN and MO [St. Louis only]) and Great Lakes (KY, MI [area codes 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 810 and 989], OH, WV and Western PA [area codes 412, 724 and 814]) regions, respectively, while the New England McCullough scholarship is designated for students in the former NACA New England Region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT).

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Have graduated from a four-year college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.5;
  • Be matriculated in a master’s or doctorate degree program in student personnel services or a related area, and provide proof of acceptance and matriculation into an accredited graduate school; and
  • Have demonstrated experience and involvement in campus activities and be committed to pursuing a career as a campus activities professional.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship

The NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship was established in 1995 by the former NACA East Coast Region. The scholarship provides funds for research projects designed to add to the college student personnel knowledge base, particularly those projects which focus on campus activities, address issues challenging student affairs practitioners and/or issues challenging higher education as they relate to campus activities. The fund provides up to $500 to be awarded annually. Scholarship selection is made in the summer with funds distributed to recipients in early fall.

Criteria:
Applicants for the NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship must show that their research will add to the college student personnel knowledge base, particularly campus activities, or address issues challenging student affairs practitioners or higher education as they relate to campus activities. NACA membership or involvement is not a criterion for selection. You must be a U.S. Citizen. High school students are not eligible.

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Lori Rhett Memorial Scholarship

ONLY current undergraduate students or graduate students in the former NACA Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) are eligible to apply.

The Lori Rhett Memorial Scholarship, endowed by the former NACA Pacific Northwest Region in 1996, was created to recognize the achievements of undergraduate or graduate student leaders enrolled in colleges and universities located in the former NACA Pacific Northwest Region. The fund will provide for one annual award. Awards are to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books. Selection is made in the summer and the recipient will be announced at the NACA West regional conference.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated undergraduate or graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Demonstrate significant leadership skills and abilities
  • Hold a significant leadership position on campus
  • Have made significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus; and,
  • Be enrolled in a college or university within the former NACA Pacific Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR and WA).
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Markley Scholarship

ONLY current students in the former NACA South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) are eligible to apply

The former NACA South Central Region established the Markley Scholarship in 1983. The scholarship is named for Larry Markley, the acknowledged founder of the former NACA South Central Region. The scholarship is to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and honor involved students who have made significant contributions to the NACA Central Region and are located in the former NACA South Central Region. Up to two scholarships may be awarded annually.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Are strongly involved in and contribute to NACA Central
  • Demonstrate continued potential in the field of student activities
  • Are involved in and contribute to the field of student activities and/or student activities employment
  • Are involved in and contribute to other organizations
  • Are classified as a junior, senior or graduate student at a four-year school in the former NACA South Central Region (AR, LA, NM, OK and TX), or are classified as a sophomore at a two-year school in the former NACA South Central Region
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Ross Fahey Scholarships

ONLY current graduate students and new professionals in the former NACA New England Region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are eligible to apply.

The Ross-Fahey Scholarships were established by the former NACA New England Region to provide financial assistance to graduate student leaders enrolled in, and new professionals employed at, colleges and universities in the former NACA New England Region. The scholarships are to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books or for professional development purposes, such as conference fees. The amount of the scholarships will be determined annually based on the activity of the fund. Up to two scholarships will be given annually.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Are matriculated graduate students or staff members employed at a member school
  • Demonstrate significant leadership skills and abilities
  • Make significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Scholarships for Student Leaders

ONLY current undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

One means by which the NACA Foundation demonstrates its commitment to the development of professionals in the field of campus activities is through providing scholarships to undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and made significant contributions to their campus communities. The Scholarships for Student Leaders Program, established in 1985, was created through donations to the 25 For 25 Drive, a silver anniversary fund-raising project of the NACA Foundation. Scholarships are to be used for educational expenses, including tuition, books, fees or other related expenses.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be matriculated undergraduate students in good standing at the time of the application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Hold significant leadership positions on their campuses
  • Have made significant contributions to their campus communities
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills and ability
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Zagunis Student Leader Scholarship

ONLY current undergraduate or graduate students in the former NACA Great Lakes Region (Kentucky, Michigan [area codes 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810 and 989], Ohio, Western Pennsylvania [area codes 412, 724 and 814] and West Virginia) are eligible to apply.

John Zagunis, a good friend to NACA, died of cancer on Dec. 3, 2005. John was the Regional Coordinator for the former NACA Great Lakes Region from 1993-1997. He received the NACA Great Lakes New Professional Award in 1990. The Zagunis Student Leader Scholarship was established in 1999 to honor John for his many contributions to NACA and to the field of campus activities.

The Zagunis Student Leader Scholarship was established by the former NACA Great Lakes Region to provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate student leaders enrolled in colleges and universities located in the former NACA Great Lakes region. Current undergraduate or graduate students attending a school in the former NACA Great Lakes region are eligible to apply. The scholarship is to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Be a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of the application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Demonstrates significant leadership skills and abilities
  • Holds a significant leadership position on campus
  • Makes significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus; and
  • Is enrolled in a college or university within the former NACA Great Lakes region (KY, MI, OH, WV and Western PA).
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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Tese Caldarelli Memorial Scholarship

ONLY current undergraduate or graduate students in the former NACA Great Lakes Region [Kentucky, Michigan (area codes 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810 and 989), Ohio, Western Pennsylvania (areas codes 412, 724 and 814) and West Virginia] are eligible to apply

The Tese Caldarelli Memorial Scholarship was established by the former NACA Great Lakes Region to provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate student leaders enrolled in colleges and universities in the former NACA Great Lakes Region. The scholarship is to be used for educational purposes, such as tuition, fees and books or for professional development purposes, such as conference fees.

Criteria: Applicants must

  • Is a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of the application and during the semester in which the award is received
  • Demonstrates significant leadership skills and abilities
  • Holds a significant leadership position on campus
  • Makes significant contributions via volunteer involvement, either on or off campus
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • High school students are not eligible.

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