WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2019 – The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) recognized the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) for exceptional leadership and impact with its Scholarship Provider of the Year Award in the Small Scholarship Category. This award recognizes scholarship providers unaffiliated with a specific college or university that award up to $500,000 in scholarships annually and demonstrate exceptional leadership and impact promoting college access and success through scholarships and support services.
“It is an honor to be recognized as Scholarship Provider of the Year by NSPA, the leading association for scholarship management,” said FEA Board of Trustees Chair Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean, Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota. “We are committed to responsibly and sustainably advancing access for students who are least likely to experience the high-impact practice of education abroad, and supporting their international education and career interests after they return.” Johnson accepted the award with FEA Program Manager and 2015 FEA Scholar Lucía Villarruel last week during NSPA’s annual conference.
In addition to national recognition, the award provides a $2,000 donation to FEA’s programming, sponsored by Fastweb.com. FEA’s nomination underscores nearly a decade of consistent growth and expansion of FEA alumni programming. The University of Michigan was recognized with the award in the Institutional Category. Past recipients include the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, theDream.US and the University of Maryland University College.
NSPA is a non-profit association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. Founding members include the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Fastweb.com, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Scholarship America to establish best practices, further professional development, and build cooperative relationships among scholarship providers. NSPA’s members give over 825,000 scholarships totaling over $4 billion annually. In 2016, NSPA was awarded the Alliance for Education Excellence Award by Phi Theta Kappa, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in the field of education.
About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA Access Partners participate on the FEA Access Advisory Board (AAB), establish best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission to increase the number of Americans studying abroad. FEA is a Guidestar Platinum participant, and has won the 2019 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award from the National Scholarship Providers Association, the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award and GoAbroad.com’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. Follow FEA at www.fundforeducationabroad.org, on Facebook and LinkedIn at Fund for Education Abroad, and on Twitter and Instagram: @FEAScholarships.
National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit, member association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. It was established in 1999 by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Fastweb.com, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Scholarship America to facilitate the creation of scholarship effective practices, encourage professional development, and establish cooperative relationships among scholarship providers. The mission of NSPA is to advance the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award.