The Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award may be presented each year to an individual or individuals chosen for their contributions to the literature on student financial aid.
The award is named in honor of Bob Huff, former director of financial aid at Stanford University and himself an outstanding contributor to the scholarly literature on student aid. Bob received the first Golden Quill Award in 1984.
Nominees for the award are judged on the basis of published work which exemplifies the highest quality of research methodology, analysis, or topical writing on the subject of student financial aid or its administration.
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.
Publication Date: 6/26/2019