Preserving a Legacy: USC Scholarships in Memory of Dr. Stephanie Balmer
In recognition of the exceptional contributions of the late Dr. Stephanie Balmer to the advancement of enrollment management, trustees of The Enrollment Management Association have announced scholarships to USC's Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate program will be named in her honor.
Dr. Balmer, a faculty member for the certificate program, provided a popular course entitled "Demonstrating Value and Return on Investment.” She derived great satisfaction from working to raise the level of independent school admission professionalism through her USC faculty teaching and training.
Past EMA Board Chair Kevin Plummer, head of school at Tampa Preparatory School (FL), remarked, "The board sought a way to honor Dr. Balmer's unique gifts to the enrollment community, and particularly her dedication to promoting knowledge of strategic enrollment management in independent schools. As a leader in our industry, Stephanie's close ties to the certificate program made our board decision an easy one. It is fitting that our independent school cohort at USC will be reminded of Stephanie's legacy as they seek to expand their knowledge to the benefit of independent schools."
Stephanie's board service included the College Board’s National Guidance and Admissions Assembly Council (GAAC) and the National Council for Enrollment, Policy, and Planning. She served on the board of directors of The Common Application and was a past president of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). A frequent presenter at national and regional meetings of The College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), Stephanie also lent her time presenting at secondary schools nationally and internationally on selective college admission and the high school to college transition.
Up to five $4,000 Balmer Scholarships will be awarded annually to applicants from EMA member schools who are accepted to USC's certificate program. Applicants for the scholarship must first apply to, and be accepted by, the certificate program at USC.
On February 17, 2018, Stephanie Balmer, Harpeth Hall's head of school since 2014, passed away. Beloved by her community, Stephanie exuded a bright, intellectual vitality that touched all who knew her, and her remarkable life and legacy will continue to inspire generations.
Stephanie's path to headship came through her experience in enrollment management at the post-secondary level. Prior to joining Harpeth Hall, she served as vice president for enrollment, marketing, and communications and as dean of admissions at Dickinson College (PA) and was the associate vice president for enrollment and dean of admission at Agnes Scott College (GA).
Stephanie's board service included the College Board’s National Guidance and Admissions Assembly Council (GAAC) and the National Council for Enrollment Policy and Planning. She also served on the board of directors of The Common Application and was a past president of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). A frequent presenter at national and regional meetings of The College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), Stephanie lent her time presenting at secondary schools nationally and internationally on selective college admission and the high school to college transition.
“Because of the Balmer Scholarship, I was able to participate in USC’s Leadership in Enrollment Management program, allowing me to connect and learn from experts in the field at both the independent school and collegiate level. The coursework and the opportunity to network with colleagues have greatly improved my effectiveness as an enrollment management leader. I am so grateful for an engaging and comprehensive professional development opportunity!”
The EMA Balmer Scholarship is fully funded by The Enrollment Management Association. If you are interested in supporting Stephanie Balmer's legacy, please contribute to the memorial fund named in her honor at Harpeth Hall School.
“The USC program challenged me to deepen my knowledge of and critically reflect upon my approach to enrollment management. The Balmer Scholarship made it possible for me to engage in programming that helped to further our strategic enrollment practices at LCS.”
“The opportunity to learn from enrollment industry experts and then immediately apply my knowledge at my school was an incredibly rewarding experience thanks to the Balmer Scholarship.”
“The programme offered me a full scale of knowledge that prepares me for future success in my role, from managing everyday expectations in enrolments to the high-level philosophical understanding of the educational landscape. I have gained so many insights from the experts in the field and my peers in the cohort, as well as had the opportunities to connect and expand my networks. I am sincerely grateful for the kindness and generosity of the Balmer Scholarship. The scholarship has made it possible for me to access such an amazing programme, benefit from the extended curriculum, and further grow myself personally and professionally. It was absolutely a joyful, enriched, and unforgettable learning experience.”
“Enrollment in the USC Certificate Program enhanced my insight and knowledge in critical fields of admission, helped me better understand my valuable leadership role in an independent school community and challenged me to explore thoughtful enrollment management solutions - especially important in today’s shifting landscape.”