Regional Leadership Award

Nominations for this award category are only accepted from the six regional associations. The NASFAA Regional Leadership Award is presented to individuals, who need not be financial aid administrators, who have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession at the regional and state levels over a sustained period of time. Leadership at the national level is not a criterion for this award. Current members of NASFAA's staff and NASFAA's Board of Directors, including non-voting members, are not eligible to receive this award.

The individuals selected for this award must:

  • Exhibit high integrity and character
  • Have shown creative leadership
  • Have inspired and encouraged others to participate actively in professional development activities
  • Have continued active involvement in professional organizations after holding elected office
  • Have supported the goals and objectives of NASFAA.

The NASFAA Awards Nomination process is now open for member nominations until February 15, 2021. Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference.

2019-20 NASFAA Regional Leadership Award Winners

One award is given in each of NASFAA's six regions. The following were awarded in 2020:


Neville Brown

Neville Brown
Associate Director of Financial Services
Eastern Connecticut State University


Aaron Steffens

Aaron Steffens
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Luther College


Vicki Kucera

Vicki Kucera
Area Director of Student Financial Services
Central Community College


Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves
Systems Business Analyst
Clemson University


Shannon Crossland

Shannon Crossland
Senior Director, Compliance and Administration
Texas Tech University


Kim Wells

Kim Wells
Federal Student Aid Training Officer
US Department of Education


Past winners list

Publication Date: 10/2/2020

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