Balmer Scholarships

Announcing Balmer Scholarships to the University of Southern California's Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate Program (through the Rossier School of Educations Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice).

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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.

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 ten $5,000 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.

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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.

About Dr. Stephanie Balmer

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.

Past EMA Scholarship Recipients for the USC Rossier CERPP Certificate Program

2020–2021 Recipients:

Jia Shu Li
Mulgrave School, BC

Ida Gruber
The Carey School, CA

McKenzie Harper
St. Anne's-Belfield School, VA

Jaclyn Macleod
Rosseau Lake College, ON

Herb Scott
McDonogh School, MD

Past EMA Scholarship Recipients for the USC Rossier CERPP Certificate Program

2020–2021 Recipients:

“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!”

Cindy Kluttz
Director of Advancement and Enrollment Management
Summit School (NC)
2019-2020 Recipient

2019-2020 Recipients:

  • Casey Awad, Director of Admissions, St. Andrew’s School, GA
  • Joanna Craik, Senior Associate Director of Admission, Pine Crest School, FL
  • David Darby, Assistant Head, Community Relations, Lakefield College School, ON
  • Asha Sundae Dean, Associate Director of Admission, University Prep, WA
  • Jenna Frost, Director of Admission, Oakwood School, CA
  • Harriet Klumper, Admission Coordinator, Crofton House, BC
  • Cindy Kluttz, Director of Admission, Summit School, NC
  • Darrin Knox, Director of Admission, Army and Navy Academy, CA
  • Gretchen Lurie, Director of Admission, Chandler School, CA
  • Kathleen Rutty-Fey, Director of Enrollment, Derryfield SC

“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.”

David Darby OCT, MEd
Assistant Head: Enrolment Management
Lakefield College School (ON)
2019-2020 Recipient

2017-18 Recipients:

  • Julie Cameron, Director of Admission and Financial Assistance, Ridley College (ON)
  • Kate Auger-Campbell, Director of Outreach, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ)
  • Tricia Xavier, Communications/Development Associate Director/Registrar, Kadima Day School (CA)
  • Sara Gillis, Assistant Director of Admissions, Lawrence Academy (MA)
  • Xiomara Hall, Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions, The Chapin School (NJ)
  • Margaret Marks, Assistant Director of Admission, The Overlake School (WA)
  • Kathleen Ngkaion, Director of Admissions, Jakarta Intercultural School (Indonesia)

“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.”

Ida Gruber
Director of Admission & Financial Aid
The Carey School (CA)
2020-2021 Recipient

2016-17 Recipients:

  • Elizabeth Calderon, Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications, Mulgrave School (BC, Canada)
  • Dr. Susan Chen, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management, American University Preparatory School (CA)
  • Mark Copestake, Assistant Dean of Admission, Lake Forest Academy (IL)
  • Katelyn Forero, Associate Director of Admission, Viewpoint School (CA)
  • Amy Harriman, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Randolph-Macon Academy (VA)
  • Dayna Hollins, Admission Associate & Assistant Preschool Director, Westside Neighborhood School (CA)
  • Matthew Neeb, Director of Admission and Marketing, St. Stanislaus College (MS)
  • Sarah Scandrett, Director, Admissions, Appleby College(ON, Canada)
  • Stacy Wang, Admissions Manager, Beijing City International School (China)
  • Beth-Sarah Wright, Director of Enrollment Management, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (GA)

“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.”

Jia Shu Li
Senior Admission & Communications Associate
Mulgrave School (BC)
2020-2021 Recipient

2015-16 Recipients:

  • Victoria Adamo, Director, Upper School Admission, Dwight-Englewood School (NJ)
  • Alyson Waldman, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ)
  • Reto Camenzind, Head of Admissions, Senior School, St. George's School (BC, Canada)
  • Sarah Jallo , Director of Enrollment Management, The St. Andrews Schools (HI)
  • Tanya Lucas, Associate Director of Admissions, Cary Academy (NC)
  • Elise Morgan, Associate Director of Admission, St. Mark's School (MA)
  • Elena Castellanos, Director of Admission, Grades PreK3 – 8, Gulliver Schools (FL)
  • Anne Halupka, Student Recruiting Association, The Bishop Strachan School (ON, Canada)
  • Jennifer Neely, Admissions Director, Grier School (PA)
  • Clayton Smith, Associate Director of Admissions, St. Stephen's Episcopal School (TX)

Please note: Titles and school names reflect the recipient’s status at the time of the awarding of the scholarship.

“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.”

Gretchen Lurie
Director of Enrollment Management
Chandler School (CA)
2019-2020 Recipient