Conferences & Training
Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship Program

Through the Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship program, CASE grants scholarships each year to cover registration fees at selected CASE conferences for individuals who demonstrate considerable promise and potential as an educationalal advancement professional. 


Application Deadline

Applications for the 2019-2020 Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship will be accepted starting in May 2019. 


Who Should Apply?

This program is for CASE members who have three or fewer years of advancement experience. Preference goes to professionals who are minorities and those who work at campuses with extremely limited resources. Scholarships are also available to those who have changed advancement disciplines (for example, moving from alumni relations to fundraising) in the last three years.

Scholarships are awarded based on:

  • The career potential and experience of the candidate,
  • The candidate's statement about the resources available for career development at his or her institution and
  • The candidate's ability to express himself or herself.

Entry Requirements

Nominations should come from direct supervisors. Once logged into the nomination process, nominators will be asked to upload the following:

  • Letter of recommendation from the nominee's supervisor
  • Current résumé for the nominee
  • Document with the nominee's responses to the following questions (each response should be 250 words or less)
      • The value you will get from attending a conference
      • The value your institution will get from your attending a conference
      • Your institutional resources and limitations on ability to attend

What the Scholarship Covers

Scholarships cover only the cost of one conference registration, and do not include pre-conferences or adjoining events for which there are separate registration fees. The recipient or the institution is responsible for travel, meals and hotel costs.

Note: Scholarships are not available for select CASE programs, including the CASE Summer Institutes, the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement, the CASE Management Institute, New Vice Presidents Bootcamp and CASE district conferences.

About Virginia Carter Smith

This Award is named for a legendary CASE employee, Virginia "Ginny" Carter Smith, who served CASE and its members with unwavering passion and dedication from 1975 until retiring in 1991. Among her many roles, Smith oversaw books, publications, commuications conferences the Annual Assembly, the Reference Center, membership, district and board relations, and the committee to advance minorities and women. She also served as acting president twice and was founder and editor of CASE Currents Magazine. Smith passed away in 1995.

For more information, contact awards@case.org