As a valued education professional of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counselors, we are committed to providing our members and partners with access to professional development opportunities that will support your professional growth and help you gain the tools to support the students that you work with.

We encourage all higher education and secondary school professionals to apply for the Professional Development Grant. Membership is not required for grant consideration. 

Opportunities Available

MIDWEST Conference
May 22-24, 2022

Eagan, MN
Minnesota hosting

2022 Guiding the Way to Inclusion
July 24-27, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

Admission Counseling Institute (ACI)

August 2022

2022 NACAC National Conference
September 22-24, 2022
Houston, TX

Fall Forum

November 12, 2021

Day on the Hill

Early Spring event

Spring Conference

May 2023

Twin Cities, MN

2021-2022 Grant Recipients

NACAC National Conference 2021 (Seattle, WA)

Sara Zimmerman, St. John's Prep
Laura Nelson, University of Kansas

Fall Forum 2021 (St. Thomas Academy)

Trista Arrigoni, Totino Grace High School

Cassidy Capriglione, Chanhassen High School

Logan Spitzer, St. John's Prep

Josie Lange, Chaska High School

Jordan Pinnix, University of St. Thomas

Professional Development Grant Application


Please contact Professional Development Grant Committee Chair, Katie Asfeld (, with questions.

Apply for a Professional Development Grant

MIDWEST Conference
Application Due April 8, 2022

Guiding the Way to Inclusion
Application Due Date: June 15, 2022

Admission Counselor Institute (ACI)
Application Due Date: June 15, 2022

NACAC National Conference
Application Due Date: June 15, 2022

Fall Forum 2021
Application Due Date: October 15, 2021

Day on the Hill 2022
Virtual Event, Spring 2022

Spring Conference 2022
Application Due Date: TBD


"This was an amazing conference that educated, empowered and supported professional doing diversity, access and inclusion work on the university, CBO, and High school levels. I left this conference knowing that my work matters and that it is everyone's job to fight for access, equity for all our students...I am thankful to the Legacy Grant and the committee members for providing me this opportunity."
- Nawang Palkit, 2019 NACAC Guiding Way to Inclusion

"The conference had a variety of sessions, and I learned more about involvement opportunities in ACAC, transfer credits from high schools, how enrollment managers think, and many other hot topics in the industry. Most importantly, I met new people in the field and learned about the variety of career paths. Learning about other professional's career paths always helps me refine my future plans and consider other possibilities." 
- Elizabeth Strom, 2018 Midwest Conference

"I would 100 percent recommend a legacy grant to a colleague. The opportunity to be able to attend an event such as the NACAC conference, was such a valuable experience to better myself, and expand my horizons throughout the higher education industry."
- Kate Tamm, 2017 NACAC National Conference

"I gained a lot of valuable information during the NACAC conference this year. One of the biggest things I learned was more about the governing body process/voting procedures within NACAC. Specifically, I found it valuable to participate in and learn about the national AP committee....After attending, I am excited to engage more with a few SIGs, and hope that engagement will continue to provide me with new info and perspective in my work." "
- Libby Fahrenkamp, 2019 NACAC National Conference

"I was able to reconnect with many fellow college friends and peers as well as make so many new connections! Definitely expanded my circle of MN connections! I will be using several ideas that I learned ... Many many thanks for a truly wonderful experience!""
- Mo Moos, 2019 NACAC National Conference

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