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.

Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference.

2021-22 NASFAA Regional Leadership Award Winners

One award is given in each of NASFAA's six regions. The following were awarded in 2022:


Sam Veeder

Samantha Veeder
Associate Dean, College Enrollment/Director of Financial
University of Rochester 


Michelle Trame Michelle Trame
Director, Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Joe Donlay Joseph Donlay
Director of Financial Aid
Colorado State University


Runan Evans Runan Evans
Associate Dean of Financial Aid
Bluegrass Community and Technical College


Mendy Schmerer Mendy Schmerer
Director, Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Sun Ow Sun Ow


Past winners list

Publication Date: 2/10/2023

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