Honorary Membership Award

Honorary Membership in NASFAA is the highest honor that the Association can bestow on a person who is neither a member nor affiliated with a member organization.

Since this is the highest such award that NASFAA can give, the individual receiving it must have made truly outstanding contributions to the Association and to the profession over a sustained period of time. It is not expected that honorary membership will be granted in recognition of a single accomplishment, but for continued efforts over a period of time. Several members of Congress, a former Secretary of Education, and a former Commissioner of Education have received this award.

2016 Honorary Membership Award Winners

Jamie Merisotis, President  & CEO, Lumina Foundation

Merisotis has long worked in the field of higher education with a goal of increasing access for lower-income students. He is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education.

U.S. Congressman John Kline

Congressman John Kline has been proud to represent the men and women of Minnesota’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives since first being elected to Congress in 2002. In 2010, Mr. Kline was chosen by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee – the first member of Congress from Minnesota selected for this position. A 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, he also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Kline has been a staunch advocate of the federal student aid programs and has worked in a bipartisan manner to help advance access, equity and success in higher education. As the Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce he has been a committed partner in and contributor to NASFAA’s advocacy efforts.

Past winners list (PDF)

Publication Date: 7/15/2016

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