Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

Deadline: April 15, 2020




The National Association for Interpretation scholarship program is for college students who are studying natural, historical, and cultural interpretation or a closely related field with career aspirations in the field of interpretation. The goal of the scholarship program is to recognize students who have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of interpretation. Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, and may include conference registration, travel, lodging, and per diem.



Each award recipient must be able to attend the 2020 National Conference, November 10-14, in St Augustine, Florida. Students will be recognized at a scholarship meal, participate with the Auction Committee in the Scholarship Auction, assist in the Interpretive Career Fair as well as help where needed with conference operations. It is expected that they will submit for their regional or section newsletters an article outlining their experiences at the National Conference.



Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be members of NAI through December 31, 2020.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2020 National Conference, November 10-14 in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Previous national scholarship winners, NAI national, regional, and sectional officers, scholarship committee members, and members of their families are not eligible.
To Apply

Before April 15, 2020, submit a complete application to NAI Student Scholarship Committee c/o Tom Mullin, Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources at Unity College tmullin@unity.edu. Submit all the required materials (incomplete applications will not be considered). Please combine all documents into one pdf file and email it to tmullin@unity.edu with subject “[Your Name]: NAI scholarship.”

  • Cover page with the following information: Name, permanent mailing address, phone number, email, college or university, major or program area of study, undergraduate or graduate scholarship, advisor’s name and email address and your NAI membership expiration month and year
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a current professor or instructor). Letters of recommendations should be included in the combined PDF. However, if the author(s) of the recommendation(s) wish to send them under separate cover for privacy reasons, that is permitted. They should be sent to tmullin@unity.edu with subject line "[Your Name]: NAI Scholarship Recommendation"
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a current professor or instructor). Letters of recommendations should be included in the combined PDF. However, if the author(s) of the recommendation(s) wish to send them under separate cover for privacy reasons, that is permitted. They should be sent to tmullin@unity.edu with subject line "[Your Name]: NAI Scholarship Recommendation
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    A resume

    A copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A statement of why you are interested in the field of interpretation. Include how you will benefit from attending the workshop (500 word maximum)
  • A statement of your vision for the future of interpretation (500 word maximum)
  • A budget that includes travel costs (see template provided below)
  • For graduate students only: A statement of your graduate research/project goals and why you believe it is relevant to interpretation today (500 word maximum)

Budget Template

Cost Center Rate Total Explanation
Meals (pro-rated from federal per diem* $50/day  $250 Meals not included in registration
Lodging (five nights, including taxes) $161/2 = $81 $403 Based on shared room
Registration $310 $310 Student member rate
Travel $350 $350 Sample round-trip airfare 
TOTAL   $1313  

 

Registration and lodging reflect actual costs and will automatically be deducted from the award amount. Award recipients must stay at the designated host hotel and the NAI office will make those arrangements directly. Lodging is based on double occupancy; award recipients will be paired with roommates or may select a roommate from among the other recipients. Travel costs may include airfare, train, bus or mileage if less than a comparable airfare, plus parking, baggage fees, and transfers.



Selection Procedure & Timetable
Applications received by Scholarship Chair: April 15, 2020
Scholarship Committee screens applications: Through May 3, 2020

Students notified by Scholarship Coordinator: Approximately Second week of May 2020

Students attend National Conference: November 10-14 2020, in St Augustine, Florida

Review Criteria

Undergraduate and Graduate student applications are reviewed separately. Applications are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Creativity/Sparkle (20 points) - Reviewers are looking for people with "sparkle" who will become the future leaders in our field. (Remember that our field is quite broad and includes a wide diversity of areas and disciplines from front-line interpreters in a local park to international ecotourism, and more.)
  • Potential (20 points) – Reviewers make a subjective judgment on the likelihood the applicant will be a future leader in the field of interpretation.
  • Knowledge of interpretation (15 points) - Scholarship winners should know something about our profession.
  • Vision (10 points) - Reviewers determine if the application articulates a vision that demonstrates higher thinking skills and an understanding of our profession. They assess if the applicant has valid ideas on where our profession is going in the next ten years.
  • Professional experience (10 points) – Reviewers examine what applicants have done already. Recognizing that most students may only have had one or two "real" job experiences, reviewers assess the quality of their work in the field so far.
  • Scholarship (10 points) – Reviewers consider how applicants are doing academically. This is important but reviewers recognize that a very creative interpreter may not be a straight A student.
  • Research Potential (for graduate students only) (15 points) – Reviewers make a subjective judgment on the likelihood the applicant will be a future research leader based on the graduate research statement in the application.        
NAI Membership

To become a member of the National Association for Interpretation, please click here.

Professional Grants

Information for interpreters seeking financial assistance to attend NAI 2020 will be available here shortly. 

Other Scholarships


NAI Great Lakes Region
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Members are invited to apply for a $750 scholarship to support their attendance at the 2020 NAI National Conference in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Apply here.

NAI South Central Region
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Region VI of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is pleased to announce a scholarship program for professionals within the Region. These scholarships will be offered to professionals in the region on a quarterly basis to attend a training or pursue a certification. The recipient of each scholarship will be reimbursed after completion of the course or certification. One scholarship will be awarded each quarter.
Apply here.



NAI National Conference

November 10-14, 2020
St. Augustine, Florida
Renaissance World Golf Village
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