NAGAP is an association of about 2,000 individuals and is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the concerns of individuals working in the graduate enrollment management environment.  NAGAP is committed to serving the needs and interests of graduate enrollment management professionals. For more information, visit:

Nominations for NAGAP awards are due on or before January 31.  Nominate an outstanding colleague online

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Descriptions of Awards and Criteria for Nomination

Future Leader Award

  • Please describe why you believe this individual is a future leader within NAGAP and the graduate enrollment management (GEM) profession. Please identify particular leadership qualities that the individual has exhibited and, if possible, cite specific examples when they were demonstrated.
  • In addition to the award, the winner of the Future Leader Award will receive a registration to a Professional Development Institute of his or her preference, two nights hotel for attendance at the Professional Development Institute, and a check for $500.

Promotion of Excellence Award

  • This award is in recognition of new or existing methodology. Examples of recent past topics include:  Excellence in GEM: Integrating Stakeholders in All Areas of the Student Life Cycle; Best Implementation of an Idea That Developed as a Result of Your Participation in a NAGAP Educational Offering; Advancement of Graduate Enrollment Management Through Strategic Interdepartmental Collaboration; Defining Value Beyond the Classroom: Unifying the Academic and Extracurricular Experience; Best Use of Social Media; Branding a Graduate School or Program; Best Admitted Student Event; Promotion of a New Graduate Level Program; and Winning Strategies for Effective Web Design. The winning entry will most clearly demonstrate best practices for other graduate enrollment management (GEM) professionals.
  • There is no specific topic for 2017 submissions. Instead, we encourage applicants to refer to past topics as you think through areas (e.g., processes, policies, events, technologies, etc.) in which you and your colleagues are promoting excellence in the field of graduate enrollment management. 
  • In addition to the award, the recipient(s) will receive a certificate for $500 to use toward dinner for the winning team members celebration. Also, the team leader will be invited to present and discuss the winning entry in a session at the 2018 Annual Conference. Conference registration and hotel will be waived by the NAGAP Board.

NAGAP Visionary Award

  • The Visionary Award was instituted in 2008. The award is presented to an individual in the higher education community who has demonstrated unique and innovative vision in the graduate enrollment management (GEM) profession, the field of higher education, and/or in NAGAP. The individual should personify outside of the box thinking and be someone who has led bold, cutting-edge, and successful initiatives that have benefited the GEM community. Please provide a brief description highlighting the particular vision that the individual has demonstrated or continues to demonstrate. Nominees are not required to be members of NAGAP.
  • In addition to the award, the winner will receive a check for $1,000.

Distinguished Service Award

  • This is the most prestigious award for NAGAP.  Please provide a brief description that highlights how this individual has contributed significantly to graduate enrollment management (GEM) and to NAGAP. In your description, please make specific reference to his or her service within GEM and to NAGAP.
  • In addition to the award, the winner of the Distinguished Service Award will receive a lifetime membership to NAGAP. The Distinguished Service Award Recipient will receive a check for $1,000.

Graduate Student Enrollment Management Research Grant

The Graduate Student Enrollment Management Research Grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of graduate enrollment management including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation in higher education. Visit the Research website page for more information.