Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award

The Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards that NASFAA bestows and 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 such momentous importance as to deserve the award.

An award recipient may come from the financial aid, political, educational, business, or other community. In addition to any selection(s) made from nominations for the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award, the association normally recognizes the significant and sustained contributions of the NASFAA Chair with this award at the end of the Chair's term.

The 2016 award cycle is open through February 5, 2016 and winners will be announced at the 2016 NASFAA National Conference in Washington, DC. NASFAA members can submit their Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award Nomination through this form.

2014-15 Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award Winners

There were two recipients of the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Awards in 2015.

Dr. Patricia Hurley accepts NASFAA's Allan W. Purdy AwardDr. Patricia Hurley, Associate Dean, Glendale Community College

Dr. Hurley has consistently promoted, advocated and mentored financial aid professionals, always adhering to NASFAA’s highest professional and ethical principles. She has worked tirelessly within the WASFAA, CASFAA, and CCCSFAA, on numerous NEG REG teams, and on multiple NASFAA committees and task forces.


Eileen O’Leary, 2014-15 NASFAA National Chair
Eileen OLeary

Eileen’s particular accomplishments have been in the area of ethics and advocacy. During her tenure as chair, she has convened multiple policy task forces—focusing on topics such as loan servicing, professional diversity, return of Title IV funds, and innovative learning models—and has served as a strong advocate for rigorous professional ethics within the profession. Eileen’s clear vision for how the profession can be elevated through strategic policy initiatives and her focus on doing what’s right for students has made her an effective voice for financial aid and our nation’s college students. Her contributions to NASFAA, the financial aid community, and the students we serve have been invaluable.

Also see the past winners list, available in PDF format. 

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