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 National Chair with this award at the end of the Chair's term.

The NASFAA Awards Nomination process is open for member nominations until February 3, 2017. Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference. NASFAA members can submit their Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award Nomination through this form.

2016 Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award Winners

Dan MannDan Mann, 2015-16 NASFAA National Chair and Director of Financial Aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the course of his 35-year financial aid career, Mann has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations, and is currently NASFAA’s National Chair. He has served as director of financial aid at various institutions, including his current tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he leads an operation that administered over $755 million in financial aid awards last year.

Paul CombePaul Combe, President and CEO of American Student Assistance

Combe has consistently promoted and advocated for the role of proactive, objective, nonprofit education debt management and advocacy services for student loan borrowers. Over his career, Combe has served as chairman of NASFAA’s Need Analysis Standards Committee and as the liaison for NASFAA to the Committee on Need Analysis and Delivery. He has dedicated his work and career to making student debt more manageable.

Past winners list (PDF)

Publication Date: 10/17/2016

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