Awards and Scholarships

Member recognition is important to our association. We recognize the importance of our members, our administrators and our students. Each year we call for nominations for the awards, recognition and scholarships listed here. We encourage our membership to take the opportunity to nominate a fellow member, work colleague, administrator or students for these awards.

National Educational Office Professional Association Student Scholarship

NEOPA proudly offers a NEOPA Student Scholarship to a qualifying graduating student who has completed a major course of study in the area of Business Education in a Nebraska high school or may currently be pursuing such a course of study in a post-secondary institution of higher learning.

Click on the link: Application and Guidelines

This Scholarship Makes a Difference

'By receiving the scholarship, I was able to direct my attention and focus to my educational studies instead of the fear in finding appropriate funding. I was fortunate to build connections that also helped pave my way into the professional work force. My connections helped create experiences where I was able to learn on-the job and put my education to use' - Shyanne Scholl, 2011-2012 NEOPA Student Scholarship Winner

Shoe Drive Benefits this Scholarship

Thank you for helping support our Student Scholarship through donating gently used and new shoes! A Nebraska graduating senior will benefit from this $1000 scholarship made possible by your donations.

The public is invited to participate in a shoe drive to raise funds for NEOPA Student Scholarship Fund. Donations of gently worn, used and new shoes will be accepted. The amount of money raised is determined by the total weight of the shoes collected. We have a goal of 2500 pairs of shoes to fund the $1000 scholarship. Check back periodically to see how we are doing!

All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs, a not for profit social enterprise, and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses. For more information about Funds2Orgs please visit:

At this time, donations can be dropped off at Lincoln Running Company or on the porch of 625 Marshall Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68510.

Donation dates are from June 1, 2020- July 31,2020.

National Educational Office Professional Association Awards/Scholarships

NEOPA proudly offers a NEOPA member scholarship to cover the registration fees at the annual NAEOP conference.

Click on the link: Application and Guidelines

The National Association of Educational Office Professionals also awards the Olive T. Ritchie Educational Office Professional and the NAEOP Educational Administrator of the Year award. The awards and criteria may be found on the members only page at

You must be a NAEOP member to receive the Olive T. Ritchie award.

North Central Area Scholarship

North Central Area Educational Office Professionals awards the Elverda “Butch” Bender Memorial Member Dependent Scholarship.

Please see the Guidelines for application : Guidelines

Click the link for the Application: Application