Region I Mentor Program

We would like to invite people of all experience levels and participants from all fields of international education to join the Region I Mentor Program.  Participants will meet periodically throughout the year and attend three virtual all-group gatherings throughout the program (launch, mid-point, and end-of-program celebration).  Scheduling and time commitments are flexible between mentors and mentees.

If you are interested, please fill out the  Mentor Interest Form or the Mentee Interest Form. The deadline for the 2023 application is Tuesday, April 18, 2023.


NAFSA Region I supports colleagues who wish to advance their professional development. The region offers a variety of grants throughout the year for various conferences. Region I grants are limited to one grant per year for approved applicants. Examples of grants we award are:

  • Advocacy Day
  • NAFSA Annual Conference
  • Trainer Corps
  • NAFSA Region 1 Conference

We ask that you submit your application at least one month before your scheduled event. Award amounts vary based on the total number of applicants we get for each event and are awarded based on the criteria below. 

Read a first-hand experience from a 2019 grant recipient.

Criteria for grants are:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Must reside in Region I and be currently working, studying, or volunteering in international education
  • Participation in training or other activities that will prepare you to contribute to Region I
  • If accepted, agree to the grant expectations and sign the confirmation form. 

For questions, please email [email protected]

Apply for a Region I Grant

Reimbursement Procedures

Please contact us with questions.

  • Reimbursement requests should be submitted no later than 10 days after the event ends.
  • The following will be covered based on the amount of grant you receive:
    • Airfare, train tickets, hotel, and rental car expenses should be accompanied by a detailed receipt showing a balance of zero or paid in full.
    • Mileage will be reimbursed at the rate of .565/mile. Please include a copy of the map showing the mileage.
    • Meals are reimbursed at the federal per diem rate for the city where the event took place. Receipts are not required for the per diem rates, but please include it on the reimbursement form. Meals included in the event program will not be reimbursed. Please include a schedule of events showing the meals provided with your reimbursement form.
  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted by email.

Region I Awards

See our Region 1 Award Recipients

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes someone who has practiced in the field of International Education for fewer than five years and who shows great potential. The regional nominee is then nominated for the National Rising Star award.

Rising Star Nomination Form

Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes someone who has shown significant contributions to NAFSA, either at the regional level, national or both.

Outstanding Service Award Nomination Form

Nominations will be accepted through October 01, 2023. Awards will be granted at the brunch gathering at the Regional Conference in Eugene, OR. Let's value colleagues making a difference in our Region.