Memorial Conference Grant


Memorial Conference Grants are awarded to current members in honor of a deceased NEAIR member who made significant contributions to the organization. The intent of this program is to financially support members who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference, particularly individuals who plan to share their knowledge and expertise with the NEAIR community. Grants are awarded to two NEAIR members to help defray the costs of attending the Annual Conference. 

The 2019 Memorial Conference Grants are awarded in honor of Ellen Kanarek and John Kelley. 

Ellen Kanarek
, a long-time AIR and NEAIR member and past president, passed away on 11/22/2018 in Princeton, NJ. Ellen was Associate Forum Chair in 1998 and a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee. Her most recent employment was as Vice President for Applied Educational Research, Inc. Her best known research project in the higher education community was the College Board’s Admitted Students Questionnaire (ASQ), to which hundreds of colleges and universities subscribed, where she surveyed tens of thousands of students to explore the reasons why they selected their college to attend. Ever a volunteer, Ellen was committed to giving back to her profession. She joined the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), in 1986. It was quickly evident that Ellen was a future-focused, passionate and fully engaged member, heavily involved in coordinating the AIR Forum which is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, and planning. Ellen was a frequent facilitator, track chair, convener, presenter and author, led member outreach efforts, and was Chair of the millennium Forum conference in 1999-2000. Ellen also was very active in the regional North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) where she served as President.

John M. Kelley, a long time NEAIR member and dear friend to many passed away last year after a courageous battle with cancer. John was someone who lit up a room and welcomed all with a warm heart. John was the founding head of the Office of Planning, Training and Institutional Research at Villanova University, which he led until his retirement June, 1, 2011. After retirement, John remained an active faculty member and strategic planning consultant and was always available to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.

The call for applications for the 2019 conference is now open; the deadline for completed submissions is August 30, 2019.

For the 2019 Annual Conference in Newport, RI will have a maximum award of $800 each.

The Memorial Conference Grant will be applied directly to cover the recipient’s conference registration fee, and the remainder will then be used to reimburse the following expenses (up to a total grant amount of $800). Covered travel expenses include travel to and from the conference, hotel room, meals, and workshops.

The grant does not cover the NEAIR membership fee. Recipients must pay the annual membership fee when registering for the conference.

With the exception of the conference fee, grant recipients will be reimbursed for these costs only upon completion of the conference, and upon presentation of original receipts. The recipients will be reimbursed directly.  

Submit Memorial Conference Grant Application