AACRAO scholarships

Professional development often requires funds, whether it be to travel to an AACRAO meeting, or funds to pursue research and projects. AACRAO is constantly seeking to enrich opportunities for our members. Apply to one of our scholarships today. 

The Conner Scholarship

One of the top reasons our members can't attend our Annual Meeting is due to lack of institutional financial support. But it doesn't have to be that way - apply for the Conner Fund for a chance to receive complimentary registration to our largest event of the year, gaining the chance to learn, network and develop. 

With up to only ten slots available out of 11,000 members, the Conner Scholarship is highly selective.

Conner Scholarship recipients must be:
  • employed by an AACRAO member institution, or
  • a student studying/working at a member institution

Evaluation Process
The Awards Committee will review applications for:
  • strength of personal statement
  • strength of references
  • engagement with AACRAO
  • diversity as defined by geographic region, institutional size and type, and gender, race, ethnicity, and demonstrated leadership characteristics of applicant
the Awards committee will give preference to first time attendees
Application Process
Applicants must submit:
  • a personal statement up to 300 words describing:
    • why you have chosen enrollment and academic services as your profession as well as
    • the personal and professional benefits of the scholarship to your position, department, and institution
  • at least one letter of reference from an active AACRAO member, preferably a supervisor
  • a resume/CV highlighting work done in the enrollment and academic services field



John Douglas Conner was named the first Executive Director of AACRAO in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1988. Prior to AACRAO he served as the Admissions Director and Registrar at Southern Methodist University from 1953 to 1966.

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The LEAD Fund

The demand is real. The LEAD Initiative takes a multi-pronged approach at identifying and preparing a diverse group of enrollment leaders to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management in North America and across the globe.
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Gloria R. Nathanson Research Fund for International Education​

The Nathanson Fund supports country or education system research conducted by AACRAO members in order to further the body of knowledge in the field of comparative international education and credential evaluation.
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