Biennial Conferences

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8th Biennial NAFA Conference

7th Biennial NAFA Conference

6th Biennial NAFA Conference

5th Biennial NAFA Conference

4th Biennial NAFA Conference

3rd Biennial NAFA Conference

2nd Biennial NAFA Conference

1st Biennial NAFA Conference

 

 

8th Biennial NAFA Conference

The Road Less Traveled
July 15, 2015 - July 18, 2015
Oakland Convention Center & Marriott City Center, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Our conference theme, The Road Less Traveled, explored ways to think past the norm of fellowship advising.  From expanding the range of awards on which we advise, to recruiting underrepresented candidates for fellowship programs and thinking beyond the traditional institutions and countries students seek to experience, NAFAns were challenged to explore creative ways to elevate fellowship advising to the next level.

 

7th Biennial NAFA Conference

Focusing on the Scholar in the Scholarship Process
July 24, 2013 - July 27, 2013
Intercontinental Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

The 7th Biennial NAFA Conference: "Focusing on the Scholar in the Scholarship Process." The conference theme highlights the central role of academic preparation and academic goals in the scholarship process. Topics related to the theme include undergraduate research, developing study and research proposals, and fellowships for graduate students. The conference will officially begin on Thursday, July 25, 2013 with an array of plenary and concurrent sessions. Pre-Conference activities starting Wednesday July 24, 2013 include: New Advisors Workshop, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation reading session, and Fulbright Information session.
 
 

6th Biennial NAFA Conference

Broadening Opportunities, Encouraging Diversity
July 13, 2011 - July 16, 2011

Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

The 6th Biennial NAFA Conference: "Broadening Opportunities, Encouraging Diversity" is the theme of the sixth conference. Our theme reflected the importance of identifying diverse candidates and diverse scholarship opportunities while fostering relationships on our campuses, in our communities, and internationally. The conference officially began on Thursday, July 14, 2011 with an array of plenary and concurrent sessions. Pre-Conference activities started July 13, 2011 include: New Advisors, Mitchell Scholars Program and Fulbright Workshops.

Preliminary Conference Schedule:

July 13, 2011    
  8:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mitchell Scholars Program Workshop
Mitchell Scholars Program Reception
  1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Advisors' Workshop
Fulbright Workshop with Walter Jackson
July 14, 2011 Diversity Focus Day  
  8:30 am - 4:50 pm Plenary and Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  8:15 pm - 9:30 pm Dessert Rountable Reception with National Fellowship Foundations       
July 15, 2011 7:30 am - 8:40 am Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
  8:45 am - 3:30 pm Pleanary and Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  3:30 pm - 6:00 pm Optional Group Outing: Chicago Line Architectual Cruise
July 16, 2011 UK Scholarship Day  
  8:00 am - 4:25 pm Plenary and Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  12:00 pm - 1:50 pm International Graduate Study Fair
  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Reception and Closing Banquet.  Conference Speaker Debbie Bial

 

5th Biennial NAFA Conference

Building Foundations, Building Partnerships: Paving Avenues for Success
July 15, 2009 - July 18, 2009
Grand Hyatt Seattle, WA

The 5th Biennial NAFA Conference: "Building Foundations, Building Partnerships: Paving Avenues for Success" was the theme of the fifth conference. Our theme reflected the role of scholarship advising in providing opportunities for our students through fostering relationships on our campuses, in our communities, and internationally. Capitalizing on our location in Seattle and our theme of building partnerships, we highlighted West Coast foundations and speakers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Udall Foundation.  Gordon Johnson, Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, who has been involved in NAFA since it started in 2000, was given a lunch in his honor. Several of the NAFA leadership recounted how Gordon's role had been foundational in the organization.

In addition to the traditional program of foundation presentations, panels, and breakout sessions, the conference provided:

Pre-Conference Events
July 15, 2019    
  Morning
Afternoon
Workshop for New Advisors
Professional Development Workshop
July 16, 2009
 
Conference
Speaker
Ann Udall, Executive Director for the Lee Institute and the Vice Chair of the Udall Foundation
 
July 18, 2009
 
Conference
Speaker

William Gates Sr, Co-Chair for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, trustee for the Gates Cambridge
Trust, Board of Regents at the University of Washington, Co-Founder of K&L Gates, LLP

  • Pre-Conference workshops on July 14, Wednesday afternoon for new advisors and a professional development workshop for experienced advisors; · The outcome of NAFA’s strategic planning process and the development of a code of ethics; · Alternative and complementary post-graduate opportunities;
     
  • New scholarship initiatives in the Marshall Scholarship program; and · Exciting new programs and opportunities from Foundations. Foundations and Universities who are presenting will have the option of registering in the following ways: · Full Conference Registration -- which would include registration materials and sessions,
     
  • Day Registration -- which would include the registration materials and sessions, meals, and reception for that day, or · Register as a presenter with no charge --This is only appropriate if your attendance at the conference is limited to presenting at the Dessert Roundtable on Thursday, July 16 and/or the noon Opportunities and Networking Fair on Friday, July 17 or Saturday, July 18. This status would exclude involvement with any other parts of the conference, sessions and all meals. The 5th Biennial NAFA Conference will culminate with a gala celebration of NAFA’s tenth birthday and will feature a presentation on the history of NAFA’s efforts to provide access and opportunity to students through the scholarship advising process.

 

 

4th Biennial NAFA Conference

Scholarships in a National Context
July 25, 2007 - July 28, 2007
Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC

The 4th Biennial NAFA Conference: "Scholarships in a National Context" is the theme of the fourth conference. Capitalizing on our location in Washington, DC, we presented programming on the political institutions that created and defined scholarship programs (such as embassies, Congress, and the State Department). 

The conference addressed:    

  1. New scholarship initiatives within the federal government;
  2. The political context surrounding national scholarships (trends in the appropriations process and scholarship initiatives under the Bush administration);
  3. Alternatives and complements to prestigious scholarships (Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.).

    In addition, two optional pre-conference programs will be offered in the early afternoon of Wednesday, July 25th:

  1. A "boot camp" for new advisors
  2. A session for veteran advisors (most likely, a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with staffers and/or legislators involved in scholarships appropriations processes).

    This new programming supplemented our traditional foundation presentations, panels, and advisors' break-out sessions.

July 25, 2007
 
Early Afternoon
 
Pre-Conference book campfor new advisors
Pre-Conference for veteran advisors for a Capitol Hill Visit
  Late Afternoon Embassy Workshop and Reception
July 26, 2007
 
Noon
 
Speak one-on-one with representatives of non-US scholarship foundation, embassies,
and hight education systems on opportunities for American students abroad
July 27, 2007

 

Noon

7:00 pm

Scholarship and Internship Fair. Provide in-depth knowledge of programs for high
achieving undergraduate and graduate students in a diverse range of disciplines.
Banquet at National Museum of Women in the Arts
July 28, 2007 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Conference Sessions with an opening meeing with new NAFA Officers

 

3rd Biennial NAFA Conference

Serving Students and the Public Good: Contexts for Fellowship Advising
July 28, 2005 - July 31, 2005
Camberly Brown, Louisville, KY

The 3rd Biennial NAFA Conference: "Serving Students and the Public Good: Contexts for Fellowship Advising" is the theme of this third conference.

New scholarship initiatives within the federal government;

  1. The political context surrounding national scholarships (trends in the appropriations process and scholarship initiatives under the Bush administration);
  2. Alternatives and complements to prestigious scholarships (Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.)

In addition, two optional pre-conference programs were offered in the early afternoon of Wednesday, July 25th:

  1. A "boot camp" for new advisor
  2. A session for veteran advisors (most likely, a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with staffers and/or legislators involved in scholarships appropriations processes).
  3. This new programming will supplement our traditional foundation presentations, panels, and advisors' break-out sessions.

 

 

2nd Biennial NAFA Conference

Celebrating Traditions, Creating Strong Foundations
July 30, 2003 - August 2, 2003
Adams Mark, Denver, CO

The 2nd Biennial NAFA Conference: "Celebrating Traditions, Creating Strong Foundations" is the theme  of the second conference. Once again NAFA was excited to offer a program to inspire and help new and veteran advisers dedicated to helping their students competing for nationally competitive scholarships. Our presenters discussed popular topics from past conferences, along with new topics that have arisen in dialogues with members, all with the goal of making your advising more effective. We  also provided the opportunity to interact with several Foundation representatives who gave added insights into specific application procedures and the "process" we value as our ultimate goal. All of this combined with Denver’s usual wonderful August weather made summer planning/learning delightful and profitable. 

The conference featured a series of twelve half-hour information sessions by individual, nationally competitive scholarship programs such as the Truman, Marshall and Rhodes. We also hosted a Fulbright FPA workshop on the first day. Over the three days, NAFA created opportunities to address professional concerns in plenary sessions and in small break out groups focusing on such issues as institutional support, concerns for new advisors, ethics of the profession, student perspectives on the process and awards for international students. The conference closed with a special celebration of the Marshall 50th and Rhodes 100th anniversaries.

 

1st Biennial NAFA Conference

Organizing the Process, Enriching Our Students
June 22, 2001 - June 24, 2001
Red Lion Hotel, Tulsa, OK

The 1st Biennial NAFA Conference: "Organizing the Process, Enriching Our Students" was the theme of this inaugural conference of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors held in Tulsa, OK, June 2001. More than 230 advisors and foundation representatives turned out to attend packed sessions and swapped strategies. Highlights of the conference were an evening at the Gilcrease Museum, sponsored by the Gates Cambridge Trust, and an Ethics Panel that addressed many of the ethical dilemmas, large and small, that advisors face daily.  Ethical advising was also the focus of the Chronicle of Education’s Sept. 14, 2001 cover story, “Ambitious Colleges End the Ivy Lock on Prestigious Fellowships”, by Andrew Brownstein. The next NAFA national conference was scheduled for late June, 2003, in Colorado.