Meritorious Achievement Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made an important contribution to the Association or to the profession. To receive a Meritorious Achievement Award the individual should have made either:

  • An important single contribution to the Association or the profession; or
  • Significant multiple contributions to the Association or the profession.

As an example, Ruth Burns was honored for her developmental work on the original NASFAA Encyclopedia of Student Financial Aid. 

The 2014 submission period has ended. Winner will be announced at the 2014 NASFAA National Conference in Nashville, TN.

2012-13 Meritorious Achievement Award Winner

There was one recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in 2013. 

Bonnie Joerschke (University of Georgia)
This award is presented to an individual who has made an important contribution to the Association or to the profession. Bonnie Joerschke has served on the NASFAA Board of Directors and nearly every NASFAA committee. Most recently, she has served as chair of the Higher Education Act Reauthorization Task Force. Among her many achievements, Joerschke's work on federal student aid policy stands out. Over her career she led the NASFAA Federal Issues Committee and served as a nonfederal negotiator during federal regulatory rule-making—all during one of the most tumultuous and rapidly changing times in student aid history. 

“To know Bonnie is to know someone who understands the struggles of disadvantaged students, because she has walked their path,” said Day. “Those personal experiences, combined with her ever-expanding insights on financial aid, make her one of the strongest advocates for students.”

See past winners list, available in PDF format.