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National Scholarship Providers Association Appoints Scholarship America CEO Robert C. Ballard to Board

By Matt Konrad

The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), the nation’s largest network and resource specifically designed to support the needs of professionals in the scholarship industry, announces the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors. Robert C. Ballard, President and CEO of Scholarship America, begins his first term this January, 2019.

“We are so delighted to have Bob join our Board of Directors. Almost twenty years ago, Scholarship America was one of the founding members of NSPA and continues to be a leader in the scholarship industry,” notes Jackie Bright, Executive Director of NSPA. “Bob brings a wealth of business savvy to the board. His entrepreneurial pluck and business background will be a great addition to the NSPA leadership.”

Along with over 30 years of experience in higher education financing, Mr. Ballard also brings a career-long passion for helping students access, succeed, and complete their college education. Prior to joining Scholarship America, Bob served in leadership roles at USA Funds, Sallie Mae, Citibank, and EDULINX Canada Corporation.

“It is an honor to be elected to the Board of Directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association,” said Bob. “Scholarship America is proud to be one of NSPA’s founding members and we look forward to supporting and helping advance the mission of this critical and valuable organization. NSPA is a leader in facilitating industry collaboration on best practices for scholarship administration, advocacy and professional development, and encourages the development of scholarship programs to help more students achieve their higher education goals.”

About NSPA

Founded in 1999, NSPA is a diverse network of scholarship providers and student support professionals across North America and beyond, that exists to increase the collective impact of its members. The heart and soul of this active and engaged community are the opportunities to create meaningful collaborations, develop professionally, and share best practices. NSPA builds leaders by providing tools for excellence.

About Scholarship America®

Scholarship America is a non-profit organization that helps students fulfill their college dreams. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.2 billion to more than 2.5 million students. The organization works with partners to lower barriers to a college education and give students the support needed to succeed. Learn more at

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