The mission of USPAA is to foster communication, collegiality, and cooperation among higher education professionals involved or interested in programs that provide scholarship and/or programmatic enrichment to high-achieving college students.
Beginning in 2006, several scholars program administrators began an informal network for collegial idea sharing, support, and research into academically high-achieving college student leaders.
Clemson University in South Carolina hosted the first meeting of these administrators in June 2007; that same year, the administrators unofficially adopted the name Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators’ Association, or USPAA.
The administrators met again in 2008 at North Carolina State University. In 2009, at the University of Texas at Dallas, USPAA approved the first board of directors and approved the first by-laws.
USPAA continues to host an annual conference for administrators and has also added the annual Scholar Summit, a conference for students within the Scholars programs.