Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – Each year, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) presents awards to deserving members of the financial aid profession and higher education community. These awards are reviewed and selected annually by NASFAA’s Awards Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. They are presented each year at the National Conference, with nearly 2,300 student aid professionals from across the country in attendance.
NASFAA's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor which the association can bestow on a member, was awarded this year to:
The Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards that NASFAA bestows, may be awarded either for significant contributions in the furtherance of NASFAA’s goals over a sustained period of time, or for a single contribution of momentous importance. The 2019 award was given to:
The Meritorious Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made either an important single contribution to NASFAA or the profession, or multiple significant contributions. The 2019 award was given to:
NASFAA this year recognized two recipients with the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award, which is presented to individuals chosen for their contributions to the body of research on student financial aid:
The National College Access Network (NCAN) was recognized for its overall body of work, which greatly enhances the lives of students and families. In 2018, NCAN published two important reports, one which analyzed the relationship between school district poverty and FAFSA completion and a second that focused on the affordability of four-year public institutions for a Pell Grant recipient who received the average amount of grant aid. In addition to these reports, NCAN conducted a “Form Your Future” FAFSA completion social media campaign, as well as its annual “Thankful 4 Pell” campaign, which saw more than 1,700 tweets and retweets in 2018.
Dr. Robert Kelchen, assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. Kelchen’s 2018 book, “Higher Education Accountability,” contributed greatly to the literature on higher education, revealing the rationale behind accountability and outlines the historical development of how federal and state policies, accreditation practices, private-sector interests, and internal requirements have become so important to institutional success and survival. He is also a frequent contributor to the body of research available on student financial aid and related higher education topics, with dozens of articles and studies published in esteemed research journals, and has worked with NASFAA on previous publications published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid.
The association also presented six Regional Leadership Awards to recipients who have exhibited high integrity and character, have shown creative leadership, and have inspired and encouraged others to actively participate in professional development. One award was given in each of six regions to:
EASFAA – Wynette Zuppardi, director of financial services, Brown University
MASFAA – Susan Swisher, executive director of financial aid, Saint Xavier University
RMASFAA – David Martin, director of financial aid, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
SASFAA – Amy Berrier, assistant director for operations, financial aid office, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
SWASFAA – Denise Welch, director of financial aid, Panola College
WASFAA – Frank Green, president, Travel Institute of the Pacific
The Gold Star Award, which recognizes innovative ideas in the financial aid arena at any level, targeted toward any constituency, was given in 2019 to:
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The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 6/26/2019