Presidential Scholarships

The 2017 application process is now closed

The Association for Institutional Research’s Data and Decisions Academy is committed to building capacity in institutional research and data use at two-year institutions. To help achieve that goal, AIR offers Data and Decisions Academy Presidential Scholarships. Scholarships are specially designed for early career institutional research practitioners, faculty/staff exploring future roles in IR or assessment, and others who collect and manage data for institutional effectiveness and improvement. Scholarships are intended to broaden access to the Academy’s unique online courses, which build practical IR skills needed to support data-informed decision-making. Scholarships cover $600 of tuition for two courses, leaving a total institutional commitment of $800.

A complete application for a Data and Decisions Academy Presidential Scholarship consists of a nomination from a college president and the submission of an online application, including a letter of interest by the nominee.

Application Process

1. College President Nominates Staff Member

To begin an application, a college president first nominates a staff member by completing an online form and submitting a letter of support. The letter of support must acknowledge that  (sample letter of support):

  • The applicant may spend up to 50 hours of on-the-clock study time over three months to complete the two courses, and

  • The institution will commit $800.

2. Staff Member Completes Scholarship Application

Once nominated, the applicant will receive an email with a unique link to the scholarship application. In addition to verifying personal and demographic information, the applicant will be required to submit a Letter of Intent (250-500 words). The letter should briefly describe their current work in IR and provide a summary review of their current skills and what outcomes they anticipate from participating in the two Academy courses.  

 Scholarship courses run from June through September 2017.