Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award

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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 NASFAA Awards nomination process is now closed. Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

2023 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award Winner

Steven McDowellSteven McDowell, Associate Vice President for Financial Aid Services & Title IV Compliance, Connecticut State Community Colleges

The origin of Steven's book, “Basic Guide to Financial Aid,” came from his realization that while our colleagues at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (or AACRAO) have many books relevant to enrollment management within their library, they do not have any that focus on financial aid. Steven’s book is intended to assist higher education professionals in enrollment management positions, including admissions officers, registrars, and even new financial aid administrators, to gain a fundamental understanding of what goes into the administration of financial aid, to strengthen the resources available to enrollment managers in higher education, and ultimately provide a benefit to all students who interact with those in enrollment management positions. Tom Green, formerly of AACRAO, and NASFAA President Justin Draeger both provide forewords within this publication.

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