The Fellowships Advisor assists the student in all stages of the application process for competitive, merit-based national fellowships. The advisor provides information and advice on available programs, opportunities for strategic planning and reflection, and guidance for completing a competitive application. The advisor also reads and comments upon scholarship essays.
Through outreach to the campus community, the Fellowships Advisor seeks to develop a campus culture that identifies and encourages motivated students to pursue these enriching educational opportunities.
- Early identification/recruitment of the student is very important. Students can be identified as early as the freshman year, requiring support by individual faculty, departments, and colleges BEFORE any application begins.
- Talented students should be encouraged to apply for experiences and opportunities, such as undergraduate research and internships that will help them in the application down the road. There is also great educational value in the application process itself whether a student wins a scholarship or not.
- Please contact Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships, if you would like to schedule a presentation for a class, department meeting, student club, or other gatherings. More focused workshops on personal statements can also be scheduled.
NAFA CORE Values
- Integrity. We agree to conduct ourselves responsibly and ethically in our relationships with students, colleagues at our institutions, and each other. We will approach all candidates and scholarships with the goal to maintain integrity in both our relationships and our approach to the scholarship process.
- Collaboration. The effectiveness of all individual members and organizations is enhanced when we work together to promote our programs and protect our candidates’ best interests.
- Respect. The profession and practice of advising for and administering competitive scholarships and fellowships are based on mutual respect and trust for each other and our candidates.
- Fairness. We have an obligation to treat candidates and each other fairly, equitably, and in a non-discriminatory manner.
- * Taken directly from the NAFA Advisor website (https://www.nafadvisors.org )
Foundation Advisor Code of Ethics
The following are the Core Values to which all members of NAFA should subscribe, along with our expectations of all Fellowship Advisors and Scholarship Applicants. In addition, we framed Guidelines for Colleges and Universities as well as for foundations that administer scholarship and fellowships programs.
These values, expectations, and guidelines were adopted in July 2009 by a vote of the NAFA Membership.