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2016 Region V Scholarships

Every year, Region V offers an opportunity for our members, undergraduate or graduate students and/or professional staff members, to apply for scholarship funding to cover the full registration fee of an ACUI affiliated program. Additionally, this year, Region V has dedicated additional money to support these opportunities by adding up to $500 per scholarship for travel/lodging expenses. Scholarships may be used for I-LEAD®, IPDS New Professionals Orientation, Women’s Leadership Institute, Student Organizations Institute, Essentials of Facilities Management Training Seminar, Building Manager Training Institute, the annual conference, or a regional conference. Five to 10 scholarships may be granted with at least two going toward I-LEAD®.

Brief program descriptions are listed below. Applications are due by April 22.

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Please contact Region V Awards and Scholarships Coordinator Paul Wraalstad with any questions.


The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®) is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change. I-LEAD® offers an opportunity for the college students to focus on personal growth and other issues facing our world. The institute prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment.

I-LEAD® 2016 will occur at July 24–29 at the University of Puget Sound.

Region V is offering a minimum of two scholarships for I-LEAD® covering the registration fee. Unfortunately, additional support for travel is not available.

IPDS: New Professional Orientation

IPDS: New Professionals Orientation has been refined over its more than 40-year existence. 

The program offers participants an opportunity to:

  • Enhance the specific skills identified as especially relevant for new professionals
  • Learn about new practical applications for theory and the role of the college union
  • Build a professional network of people with the same responsibilities as you
  • Gain informational resources to help you solve problems on campus

IPDS 2016 will be June 13–17 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Region V is offering one scholarship for IPDS: New Professionals Orientation covering the registration fee and up to $500 to support for travel/lodging.

Student Organizations Institute

Now in its seventh year, the Student Organizations Institute offers higher education professionals and student organization advisors the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the principles in training advisors, risk management, legal issues, student group conduct, and other topics related to working with student organizations.

SOI 2016 will occur at University of Denver, June 27–30.

Women's Leadership Institute

The Women's Leadership Institute is the premier program for women leaders across campus. The program is held at a resort-style location to maximize learning and minimize distractions, and is designed for women who aspire to new leadership positions on campus. The institute features a curriculum with an overall focus on building the next generation of leaders in higher education administration and student affairs. This is a wonderful program for women of all ages to come together to learn and network with one another, forming bonds that will last a lifetime.

The 2016 program will be Dec. 6–9 in Dana Point, Calif.

Preferred deadline for scholarship applications is April 22. Application deadline may be extended if funds are still available after the first round of awards.

Essentials of Facilities Management Training Seminar  

Essentials of Facilities Management Training Seminar is a foundational development program for college union professionals and other facility administrators. The program is designed for professionals who are new to facility management or are transitioning into responsibilities of overseeing facilities. Content will be centered on the four facility management learning domains (based on skill sets and learning domains from APPA and ACUI):

  • General Administration & Management
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Environmental & Energy/Utilities Management
  •  Building Design & Construction

This event will be June 6–9 at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Building Manager Training Institute 

The Building Managers Training Institute will be a new student program for the Association. The program will be designed to emphasize the key area concepts of leadership, conflict management, supervision, and most importantly the role of the college union. This program will offer an opportunity for those students who work in union operations or who serve as building managers to focus on further developing their skill set to perform tasks needed in their current role on their campus. The institute would prepare students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation.

The institute is Sept. 16–18 at Indiana University–Bloomington.

Regional and Annual Conferences

Scholarships covering registration fees for the Region V fall conference or the ACUI annual conference may be granted, depending on funds available. Deadlines for these applications are floating, depending on the date of the conference and money remaining. Preference will be given to applications received by April 22.

2016 Regional Conference – University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Oct. 14–16
2017 Annual Conference – Philadelphia, March 19–23

Updated April 14, 2016