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Facebook Live: Hear from a NACAC Essay Contest Winner

Nasim Mohammadzadeh is ahead of the game when it comes to financing her college education.

The Kentucky teen’s entry in NACAC’s 2019 Video Essay Contest earned her a $1,000 scholarship — money that will soon come in handy as she works to pursue an undergraduate degree in neuroscience or biology.

“It really lifts a burden off of me as a whole because, you know, looking at that big number, that tuition cost, for any college…it’s overwhelming,” Mohammadzadeh, a rising senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, said Tuesday during a Facebook Live broadcast.“…Having this scholarship gives me motivation that even if I get into some place that’s extremely expensive and out of my price range, this little scholarship is going to help me be able to achieve that dream and go to that university.”

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Call for Proposals: Submission Deadline Extended for National Conference

Looking for a meaningful way to share your expertise with college admission professionals from across the country? Want to facilitate deeper conversations with your colleagues?

The deadline for 2019 National Conference session proposals and facilitators has been extended to Jan. 14.

The conference format is changing for this year’s event. Session proposals are still open for the following:

  • Educational Session (75-minute presentation)
  • Interactive Tech Lab (45-minute presentation)
  • Learning Lounge (30-minute presentation)
  • Career and Global Hubs (60-min presentation)
  • Preconference Seminars (Three-hour session)
  • Ignite Session (20 slides at 15 seconds each)

The conference will run Sept. 26-28 in Louisville.

Learn more.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at

#NACAC19: Call for Proposals and Facilitators is Open Through Jan. 7

Share your expertise and give back to your professional community next September in Louisville.

NACAC’s 2019 National Conference call for proposals and facilitators is open until Jan. 7 and the format for this conference will be different from years past, with a larger array of presentation types sought.

Check out the changes and submit your proposal. You can also apply to be a reviewer, a position where you’ll help determine the educational offerings selected for next year’s conference.

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Tune In: Join Us for a #nacac18 Recap with NACAC’s President

Missing the 2018 National Conference already? We’ve got you covered.

Join PlatformQ Education and NACAC on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET for an exclusive conversation and #nacac18 round-up with new NACAC President Stefanie Niles.

We’ll be discussing goals for Niles’ presidential term, key takeaways from the conference, and ways college admission professionals can take what they learned and use it back home.

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Kristof: Education ‘Escalator’ Broken for Too Many Students

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof believes in the power of education.

From early childhood through adulthood, few other institutions hold the power to transform lives so completely. Yet as the gap between the haves and have-nots grows wider in America, more and more families struggle to tap into those benefits, Kristof told attendees Friday during the keynote address at NACAC’s 74th National Conference in Salt Lake City.

“Colleges are a great public good, and yet too often, that public good is largely reserved for kids of the modern educational aristocracy,” Kristoff told the roughly 6,000 attendees at this year’s annual gathering of college admission professionals. “…At 25 institutions around the country, including five Ivy League institutions, more kids come from families in the top 1 percent than from the bottom 60 percent — that is a failure of that public good. We can do better.”

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