National Scholarship Providers Association Announces Scholarship America’s Robert C. Ballard As New Board Member

As NSPA’s 20th Anniversary Approaches, Leadership Comes Full Circle for Scholarship Industry Leader

Scholarship America President Bob Ballard, NSPA Board MemberThe 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.”

Ballard photo © 2018 Kim Jackson


Nick Safko, Communications Coordinator
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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®
We make students’ dreams possible.  From our very beginning, Scholarship America has invested in student success. Celebrating its 60th anniversary milestone, Scholarship America has built programs that have distributed over $4 billion to more than 2.4 million students.  The nation’s largest private scholarship provider, we are driven to ensure all students pursuing higher education have the support they need to succeed.  Supporting the dreams and aspirations of bright minds is in our organization DNA.   More information is available at or by following @scholamerica.

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