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NSA Foundation
Adobe Acrobat Reader FormatArt Berg Grant Application

Professional Speaker Benefit Fund Application (PSBF)

Academic Scholarship Application

Outstanding Professor Award Application

The NSA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NSA, is dedicated to helping members and students in need.

In 1983, the wife of a NSA member who was in his nineties and had outlived his assets, asked for some financial help from a few speaker friends. Several speakers responded immediately with checks. When the man died, his widow offered to repay the money with insurance proceeds.

Realizing that other members might one day be in a similar situation, Nido Qubein, CSP, CPAE, suggested using the funds to form a Foundation. Its mission is to aid those who may be indigent, face catastrophic health emergencies or losses, or outlive their assets. The Foundation has provided over $150,000 in assistance since its inception.

The Foundation, which is governed by the Foundation Board of Directors, has two branches: The Professional Speakers Benefit Fund (PSBF) and the Scholarship Fund.

The Art Berg Grant 
Many NSA members make the world a better place by getting involved in charities they care about. Are you an active volunteer with a charitable organization that could use some help with technology or communication-related projects? The Art Berg Grant can help!
The late NSA leader Art Berg had a passion for the innovative technology tools and their ability to facilitate communication. Art’s friends and colleagues established the Art Berg Fund to assure that his legacy would continue to help 501 (c3) groups implement technology for the benefit of their clients. 
Applications are now being accepted for the first $2,000 grant! 

Are you involved in a group that could use some new software or hardware? What about a wireless project, a “chat room,” audio for the blind, or an improved Web site? The possibilities are endless, but the time to get your application in is now.
The application deadline for this grant is April 30, 2005. 

Please click here for application and more information on the Art Berg Grant, including who may apply and what charities are eligible. 

Professional Speakers Benefit Fund (PSBF)
The Foundation Board of Directors determines how much of the available money will be distributed for each request. Members can request assistance themselves, or NSA members can make requests for someone they know who has an immediate need.

Contributions come from three basic sources:

  • Major gifts donated to establish various funds;
  • Memorial and other contributions from individual NSA members and chapters; and
  • Fundraising events such as seminars, receptions and parties at NSA conventions and workshops.

If you would like to apply for a PSBF grant, complete our online Benefit Fund Grant application.

Scholarship Fund
In 1985, NSA President Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE, established a ground plan for a scholarship program to encourage students in the field of professional speaking. After four years of designing, organizing and implementing, its founders distributed the first scholarships in 1989.

The fund provides four $4,000 scholarships to be given to college juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring or minoring in speech or a directly related field at an accredited four-year college or university. To date, over $250,000 has been awarded in scholarships.

2005 Scholarship Information
In 1989, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established a scholarship program that encourages and rewards juniors, seniors or graduate students who major or minor in speech. In the 16 years the scholarship program has been in place, NSA has given scholarships totaling over $250,000.

In 2005, NSA will award four $4,000 scholarships. The 2005 deadline for receiving completed applications is June 1, 2005.

All 2005 applications will be reviewed by NSA's Scholarship Committee and final selections will be made in July at the 2005 Annual Convention. Recipients will be notified in early August. NSA Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 in early September and another $2,000 prior to the next term.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, choose from either WORD or PDF format options:

  • PDF Format -- scholarship application
    WORD Format -- scholarship application
    You can then print the application, complete it and submit it by mail to NSA Headquarters at the address listed below.
    Get Adobe Acrobat.

  • Call NSA Headquarters at (480) 968-2552, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, Mountain Standard Time, to request an application. We will send the application to you by mail. You can then complete the application and submit it by mail to NSA Headquarters at the address listed below.
The four scholarships are:
  • The Earl Nightengale Scholarship, which was endowed with a $12,500 trust by the Nightengale-Conant Corporation;
  • The Cavett Robert Scholarship, endowed with $1,000 donations from 13 NSA members;
  • The Bill Gove Scholarship, endowed with $1,000 donations from 11 NSA members; and
  • The Nido Qubein Scholarship, endowed with $1,000 donations from 23 NSA members.
In addition to offering these four scholarships, the fund has expanded to encourage research in oral communication and reward outstanding communication and persuasion instructors. Two $2,000 professor awards are offered annually: the Robert Henry Outstanding Professor Award and the Jeanne Robertson Outstanding Professor Award. A total of $26,000 has been awarded to professors around the country so far.
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