The NEAT wants to invest in you and the alumni relations field by helping you pursue professional development in a variety of ways: in-person or virtual conferences, software or skills training, books, evaluations, or even team-building activities.

Past scholarship winners experienced first-hand the benefits of traditional conferences such as talking with alumni relations workers from around the world, meeting thought-leaders in the industry, learning new skills and returning to their alumni offices with a renewed sense of purpose. As times change, we encourage you to find new opportunities to grow. Here are a few suggestions:

  • A course in Microsoft Office for Excel, Word, or Power Point to strengthen your skills
  • Learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign
  • Take a class in Accounting or Finance
  • Virtual team building training classes or certifications
  • Enneagram or StrengthsFinder evaluations and corresponding books for staff members

Scholarships will be awarded three times per year.


Individual recipients will be awarded up to $1,500 each, and groups may receive up to $3,000.


A scholarship application may be submitted at any time.

“I’ve been in alumni relations for more than 22 years, but just recently took on an added role of the Touring Tigers program director for the Mizzou Alumni Association. With the support of the NEAT scholarship, I was able to attend the Educational Travel Consortium (ETC) Symposium to explore how to turn a good travel program into a great program and to discuss current issues facing the travel industry. List serves and Zoom calls are great, but to really get to know and learn from your business partners and colleagues from across the country, nothing beats interacting in-person. Symposium presentations and conversations with national experts on Travel marketing, risk management, transformational learning, COVID/Post-COVID issues, insurance, sustainability, and diversity/equity in travel gave me a much better understanding of the industry, the challenges we face, and many great ideas for growing our program.”

Scott Dahl, Director of Travel and Business Development
Mizzou Alumni Association
2021 Scholarship Recipient

“The NEAT scholarship provided tuition assistance so I could attend Leadership Manhattan. This program is designed to identify potential business and community leaders in the Manhattan, Kansas area and provide these leaders with an awareness of the issues and opportunities facing the community.

As a graduate of Leadership Manhattan, I’ve improved my communications network among civic, business, social and educational leaders, which is essential to keeping the K-State Alumni Association connected with the local influencers. Leadership Manhattan also provided refinement in my manger skills to help cultivate a high-performing team, ultimately benefitting the K-State Alumni Association. I’m grateful the NEAT scholarship has been expanded to professional development and helped develop me as a motivated leader for higher education.”

Salena Sauber, Director of Communications
K-State Alumni Association
2022 Scholarship Recipient

“I used my NEAT Scholarship award to attend the 2022 Association of Louisiana Alumni Executives (ALAE) Conference held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LSU Alumni Association was the conference host this year, creating a perfect opportunity to connect with our flagship institution. I was able to establish meaningful relationships with other alumni development professionals from across the state of Louisiana, while also getting insight into how to handle common challenges faced by a transitioning association. Conference participants not only got exclusive tours of the LSU campus, but we also learned strategies of how to market the assets of our individual campuses. I was able to walk away from this conference with fresh ideas on growing our association and having added to my skillset.”

Jazmin Jernigan, Director of Alumni Development
LSU Shreveport
2022 Scholarship Recipient

“Having moved into Alumni Relations after over five years in Academic Affairs, the Summer Institute provided the opportunity to network with other new Alumni and Advancement professionals. I left the week with many new tools I know I will use to develop new goals for my office, measure alumni engagement, and tell our story. One area I was most interested in learning about was building affinity networks. I now have a better understanding of the work that goes into developing these groups and have set a goal of beginning at least one new affinity network within this fiscal year.”

Ryan F. Meersman , Associate Director, Alumni Relations
Westfield State University
2022 Scholarship Recipient

“The opportunity to attend The Leadership Challenge Workshop was one that has shaped my leadership curriculum development for Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. I went into the workshop feeling as though it would assist me in gathering information on myself, but I completed the workshop with a toolbox of resources that I can pass along to the membership of Alpha Gamma Rho. Our alumni are looking for ways to help coach and guide our collegiate men and this workshop will help me create training programs to engage more of our men. It was a unique experience where I met a variety of other professionals who are seeking to develop leadership programs for their constituents as well, so it allowed me to talk through several ideas that I have, while also receiving feedback and suggestions from others. I feel the opportunity to attend this workshop will help me to create new initiatives for the continued development and growth of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this workshop through your scholarship program. I really appreciate the you help to acknowledge and support the work we do!”

Amanda Horvat, Director of Leadership& Education
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
2022 Scholarship Recipient