National Transfer Student Ambassadors

Transfer students are the heart of our work, and NISTS prioritizes listening to students and learning from them.

 

The Transfer Student Ambassador Program invites up to four outstanding transfer students to add their voices to the national transfer conversation. Transfer Student Ambassadors will play an active role in the NISTS annual conference, as well as facilitate a transfer-related program in partnership with their home institutions. Nominees must submit a letter of recommendation, resume, and both a written and video narrative describing their transfer journey, how their personal interests match this opportunity, and why it’s important to advocate for transfer student needs. Winners are selected for their demonstrated excellence in leadership, public speaking skills, and potential for sharing meaningful information with transfer professionals at the local and national level.

 

The Transfer Student Ambassador Nomination form is currently closed and will reopen in summer 2020.

NEW!
Meet the 2020 National Transfer Student Ambassadors: Kaylee Cheng, Jahine Grady, Tania Nasrollahi, and Macia Outlaw.

Benefits

 

The students selected to participate in this program have the opportunity to share their stories and insights with transfer professionals at the NISTS annual conference and through our website and social media channels. In addition, Ambassadors will begin or continue working with staff or faculty at their home campus to advance transfer-affirming programs and advocacy efforts.

Specific benefits include:

 

  • A $500 scholarship in recognition of your personal and academic achievements

  • A $500 transfer program grant to be used in collaboration with a faculty or staff member at your previous or current campus 

  • Complimentary registration and lodging for the NISTS annual conference, plus up to $500 in travel expense reimbursement

  • Recognition on the NISTS website and at the NISTS annual conference awards ceremony

  • Valuable, resume-building experience for career and/or graduate school preparation

  • Opportunity to publish a brief article on the NISTS website  

  • Extended involvement opportunities with NISTS, if desired 
     

     

Participation Requirements
 

Annual Conference Duties

 

Students selected to participate in the Ambassador program must attend the NISTS 2020 annual conference held February 5th-7th, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

  • Prior to the conference, Ambassadors will contribute to conference planning, promotion, and blogging via 2-3 video conference calls with NISTS staff.

  • During the conference, Ambassadors will participate in a variety of conference activities, including but not limited to: the annual awards ceremony, a transfer student panel, meet-and-greet sessions with conference participants, and other special projects that are aligned with personal interests and professional development goals.

  • After the conference, Ambassadors will recap their experiences via the NISTS blog and will be asked to formally share their insights and lessons learned with the faculty and staff on their current or previous campus.

 

Transfer Program Grant Duties

 

  • In collaboration with a faculty or staff member at your previous or current campus, and with NISTS support, Ambassadors will design and execute a transfer-affirming program that fits the needs and context for their specific institution.

    • Don’t worry! If you aren’t already connected with someone at your school, we will introduce you to an appropriate contact who can help you develop your program.

  • The transfer program guidelines are highly flexible; however, final programs must serve transfer students directly and should highlight awareness, celebration, or advocacy for transfer student needs. Re-designing an existing program is permissible.

  • Program grant funds will be awarded directly to your school and can be used in fiscal year 2019-2020 or held until 2020-2021.

 

 

Submitting Your Application
 

Eligibility 
 

  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Please note that fall 2019 graduates are eligible to apply, provided they can commit to all the participation requirements outlined above.

  • Students must be able to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to receive scholarship funds.    

  • Previous dual enrollment does not meet the criteria for collegiate transfer in this context.

 

Required Application Materials

 

NOTE: Before uploading your materials, please save all your files in the following format:  “Last Name_First Name-Item.”
 

1.  Resume (1-2 pages)
 

2.  Personal Essay (2-3 pages)
 

  • Describe your transfer journey.

  • Questions you might want to answer include:

    • Where did you begin your college career? Where did you end up?

    • What drew you to your new campus?

    • What were your concerns about changing schools? What ended up being the most difficult part of acclimating to a new institution?

    • Where were you able to find support, either before or after transfer?

    • Why do you want to be a National Transfer Student Ambassador? Why is it important to advocate for transfer students? 

 

3.  Video (maximum 3 minutes)
 

  • Your video should provide a compelling summary of your transfer journey. Please do not read your personal essay.

  • Be sure to provide a glimpse of your personality and public speaking abilities. Feel free to showcase your creativity!

  • Applicants who submit videos that exceed the specified time limit will be automatically disqualified.

 

IMPORTANT:  To facilitate broad access for our award reviewers, your video must be posted online and made available to NISTS staff and affiliates via a web link (e.g. YouTube or Vimeo).

Students selected for the ambassador program will be asked to share their videos publically during National Transfer Student Week, October 21-25, 2019.

 

4.  Head Shot (JPEG or PNG)

  • Your headshot will be used for award publicity only. 

  • Please submit a high-quality image that is, at minimum, 500 px by 500 px and 300 ppi. (If you do not have a headshot, the University Relations or Career Service offices at your school might be able to help.)

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5.  Letter of Recommendation (1-2 pages)
 

  • Be sure to pick someone who can write about your fit for the award, according to the selection criteria outlined above. This person can be from your current or previous institution.

  • You’ll need their contact information to complete the application (name, title, department, email, phone, etc.).

 

6.  Media Relations Contact Info

 

  • Please provide the contact information for someone in your current institution’s media relations office. We want to share the good news if you win!

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