Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

In July 2015, the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) gathered for our eighth biennial conference, “The Road Less Traveled,” a meeting designed to encourage members to think past the norms of fellowships advising. From expanding the range of awards institutions support, to recruiting underrepresented candidates for fellowship programs, to thinking beyond the traditional institutions and countries students seek to experience, advisors were challenged to explore creative ways to elevate...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. x-xvi

The National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) held its eighth biennial conference in July 2015 in Oakland, California. That conference directly resulted in many of the essays included in this volume. Many people contributed to the conference’s success. Joanne Brzinski (Emory University) was the president of NAFA at the time of the conference and provided tireless leadership for the two years that preceded it. Dana Kuchem (The Ohio State University) served as vice president prior to the...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Universities and colleges across the country continue to expand their support for students applying for national and international scholarships. That the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) has grown to almost 1,000 individual members is a reflection of this increased focus. Awards remain limited, however, even with the addition of scholarships like the Schwarzman, and so universities have an ever increasing interest in making sure their students have access to accurate information, receive...

I. Foundations

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pp. 9-10

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1. Public Service, Power, and the Challenges Facing Millennials

Andrew Rich

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pp. 11-18

Awell-functioning society requires effective public servants. They are the people who teach our children and keep our children healthy. They build our roads and our spacecraft. They protect our people and our planet. They are scientists and soldiers, social workers and city planners, grassroots activists and elected officials. They are first responders in emergencies and the last people defending our rights. Public service is tough; it is often unglamorous. But it is essential.1...

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2. The Goldwater Scholarship Program: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

John Mateja

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pp. 19-30

On the occasion of his retirement from the Senate in 1986, Congress created the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation as a tribute to the leadership and vision of Senator Goldwater. The purpose of the foundation and its scholarship program is to ensure the nation has a continuing supply of well-prepared individuals who are pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. College undergraduates who are in either their...

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3. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Transforming Outstanding Undergraduates into Teachers of the Constitution

Claire McCaffery Griffin

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pp. 31-40

These comments from Matthew Burgoyne, a 2015 Madison Fellow from Washington, D.C., currently pursuing graduate studies at American University, eloquently summarize the purpose, value, and prestige of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship.1 The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools. These fellowships honor the legacy of James Madison by...

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4. Suspenders and a Belt: Overpreparation and the Overachiever

Tara Yglesias

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pp. 41-50

Little is more prized among the Truman community than the privilege of sitting on a Regional Review Panel. These are the panels that select our scholars and thereby identify tomorrow’s public service leaders. These spots are jealously guarded and turnover is infrequent. We have several panelists whose service began in the 1990s. Both Dr. Andy Rich (chapter 1 in this volume) and I have served on Truman panels since the early 2000s. So those of us who participate in Truman interview panels tend to take the long view of history....

II. Serving Students

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pp. 51-52

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5. Student Engagement: A Road to Travel More

Karna Walter

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pp. 53-64

What is the purpose of higher education in the United States?1 A simple question with a simple answer, right? No, actually. Ask a cross section of fellow Americans and responses will vary greatly. I posed this question to a diverse group that included current high school and college students. Those responding represent a wide spectrum of life experiences and characteristics, and their answers reflected some of this range. Although the seventy responses I received covered a wide...

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6. Scholarships as a Pathway to Government Service

Gihan Fernando

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pp. 65-74

As executive director of the Career Center at American University (AU), one of the most interesting parts of my job is overseeing our Office of Merit Awards, under the leadership of Paula Warrick, a former NAFA president. When I joined American University in 2012, I already had twenty years of career services experience under my belt and was now working closely with scholarship and fellowships advising for the first time. The value of the connection between scholarship advising and...

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7. Advising Students on the Many Roads of Study Abroad

Richard Montauk

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pp. 75-90

Many students study abroad for one or more terms. Doing so offers exciting and rare opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and self-understanding. This makes study abroad a highly appropriate focus for those who are seeking or who may seek a fellowship. This essay examines study abroad opportunities for undergraduates considering the possibility of going abroad for one or several terms. Much of this examination is also equally relevant to a graduate student considering studying abroad—or to someone applying for an international fellowship....

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8. Bela Karolyi’s Handstand: The Whys and Hows of Letters of Endorsement

Doug Cutchins, David Schug, and Mary Denyer

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pp. 91-106

Conjure up an image of a gymnastics coach on the sidelines of the Olympics, watching a top athlete on the uneven parallel bars. Think about the hours of practice that coach has put in with the gymnast, discussing possibilities, helping the athlete think through difficult transitions, giving encouragement in the tough moments. The coach knows the gymnast’s routine by heart and anticipates where each twist and turn is leading next....

III. Expanding Opportunity

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pp. 107-108

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9. Widening the Pool: Assessing Campus Diversity and Making Fellowship Recruitment More Inclusive

Jennifer Gerz-Escandón

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pp. 109-120

Thinking of diversity as an American fixation is tempting, but a growing chorus of voices is raising awareness of inclusion—or the dangers of exclusion—globally. This concern is also driving discussions in the fellowships community, a group rarely found on the sidelines of issues having an impact on higher education. In 2016, NAFA hosted regional conferences on diversity in Claremont, California, and Evanston, Illinois. Presentations, workshops, and facilitated discussions on fellowship diversity initiatives covered race, class, and gender; social justice frameworks;...

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10. Belonging, Impostor Phenomenon, and Advising Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds

Brandy Simula

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pp. 121-134

Trained as a sociologist of inequalities, I came to fellowships advising with a deep curiosity about the role of fellowships advisors in dismantling or maintaining the structures of inequality that pervade our social world.1 In this essay, I draw on the social psychological literature on sense of belonging and impostor phenomenon2 among students from historically underrepresented backgrounds,3 as well as my own experience as a fellowships advisor, to describe some of the challenges for fellowships...

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11. “Thank Goodness for Gilman”: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Balance of Resources for Merit- and Need-Based Scholarships

Barbara Stedman

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pp. 135-142

In conversation last year, a fellow scholarship advisor shared that hers had been a year of finalists, alternates, and honorable mentions, but very few recipients—a fact that had been noticed by her superiors. “But thank goodness for Gilman! It saved my year!” she said. For her, it was one bright spot in an otherwise frustrating year of amazing applicants whose strengths and interests did not quite align with the goals of other scholarship competitions....

IV. On the Profession

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pp. 143-144

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12. Writing Self-Efficacy in Postsecondary Fellowship Applicants: The Relationship between Two Types of Feedforward Treatments

Lauren Tuckley

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pp. 145-160

In the fall of 2016 a pilot study was designed to examine how the advising process affects fellowship applicants’ writing self-efficacy. The purpose of the study was to contribute to the development of a set of scholarship and fellowships advising practices, grounded in an extensive literature review, that allows for the testing of two different advising approaches to determine if there are significant differences in these approaches as manifest in fellowship applicants’ self-beliefs about their writing ability. While...

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13. Reflections on the Value of Being in the Room Where It Happens

Elizabeth Vardaman

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pp. 161-170

Drawing on the Broadway musical Hamilton to establish my credentials for this musing, let me begin by saying, incredibly and without any merit, experience, or rap on offer, I found myself in 1999, 2000, and 2001 “in the rooms where it happens” over and over again. Those experiences gave me access to an important national conversation and established me as a credible purveyor of scholarship knowledge within my university. Revisiting that journey and reassessing those insights are pleasurable...

Appendix A: Survey of the Profession 2017

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pp. 171-182

Appendix B: The National Association of Fellowships Advisors Executive Board and Foundation Members

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pp. 183-192

Index

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pp. 193-199