2019-2020: 55th Annual Conference

WSCA Conference Scholarship – Ascendium Fellowship Application

2019-2020 WSCA Conference Scholarship – Ascendium Fellowship

We applaud you, and to support the important work you do we’re pleased to offer 45 Practitioner Fellowships – Funded by Ascendium to school counselors and Academic and Career Planning (ACP) leaders working in Wisconsin schools who wish to attend the 2019-2020 WSCA Conference in Madison, WI, February 18-20, 2020.

Many thanks to Ascendium Education Group (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates) for the generous grant to WSCA to make this Fellowship Opportunity possible.

Preference for this Ascendium Practitioner Fellowships opportunity will be given to current WSCA members working in rural schools. Applicants will be selected based on several criteria including school location, description of how this opportunity will impact the programs and services offered to students in their schools, and enthusiasm for collaboration/networking with other Ascendium Practitioner Fellowships.

Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, December 6, 2019. WSCA will notify all applicants of their Ascendium Practitioner Fellowship status no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.

If you are a Wisconsin school counselor OR an ACP leader that can demonstrate you are impacting the development of rural education and workforce training programs, your conference fee, hotel, meals, and travel will all be subsidized if you are selected as an Ascendium Fellow.

Each Fellowship is worth over $800 and includes:

  • WSCA member registration fees for preconference and conference
  • $350 – Hotel Stipend for two nights Tuesday & Wednesday evening (Hilton Room Block available for Ascendium Fellows)
  • $56 Meal stipend (based on formula)
  • $125 Travel stipend (based on formula)

Complete the following online application by December 6, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: As a condition of receiving the Ascendium Practitioner Fellowship, recipients will be required to:

  • Submit all necessary paperwork by deadlines (including verification from administration on ability to attend WSCA conference and notice of stipend award).
  • The Administrator Verification Form can be found in the following link and must be submitted as part of the application in order to be considered as an Ascendium Fellow:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RYCPhfRbu5EYwfMsqCwDtmuvQqGDiR_lCrL4vZhBywc/edit?usp=sharing
    • If you are unable to have your administrator sign the verification form by December 6th, please submit your application and note the date you will be sending the verification form.  The form can be uploaded using the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/ivsfuJ2InhOsoOgUjzqA
  • Ascendium Fellows will be expected to participate in several conference sessions that are directly related to equity in post-secondary planning and workforce training.  Fellows will also attend a required networking reception to build community and discuss learning in this area. The Ascendium Fellowship not only allows counselors to attend conference but to also meet engaged peers from across the state and build support networks to sustain ongoing learning.
  • Submit an online reflection of their experience as a fellow at the 2019-2020 WSCA Conference and the impact on College & Career Readiness programming for all students in their school which will be shared with their administrator.

Stipends will be mailed to fellows after confirmation that all of the above requirements have been met.

Please direct questions to: Stacy Eslick, WSCA Executive Director at stacye@wscaweb.org



About Ascendium: Elevating opportunity through the power of high education since 1967

Ascendium Education Group (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates) is the nation’s largest student loan guarantor as well as a leading higher education philanthropy and provider of student success services for postsecondary institutions. Founded in 1967, Ascendium provides information, tools and counseling to millions of borrowers nationwide, helping them avoid the consequences of default and keeping the door to re-enrollment open. Since 2006, Ascendium’s philanthropy program has committed more than $325 million in grant funding aimed at exploring, validating and scaling evidence-based strategies for overcoming systemic obstacles to completion of postsecondary education, particularly for students from historically underserved populations. All of Ascendium’s operations are grounded in the belief that every individual has potential to contribute meaningfully to their community and society. We work to unleash that potential through the power of higher education, and to eliminate barriers that stand in the way of its fulfillment.

To learn more, visit ascendiumeducation.org.