Dallas Martin Endowment for Public Policy and Student Aid

The Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) was created to help cultivate the next generation of student aid advocates. The mission of the endowment, established in 2008, is to support leadership, research, and best practices in public policy and student aid, and to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the financial aid profession. 

Among the endowment's funded projects are: 

  • An ongoing initiative providing internships to upper division undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in financial aid, including policy analysis and/or research; up to two semesterā€long internships are funded annually for students. 
  • The NASFAA Diversity Leadership Program (DLP), which provides selectees from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups with a robust portfolio of benefits, mentorship, and guidance on how to develop as a financial aid leader at the state, regional, and national level.

Additional projects may be occasionally funded from the endowment with express approval of NASFAA's financial affairs committee, as long as those projects are in keeping with the purposes of the endowment. View the DME Prospectus to learn more about the purposes, policies, and goals of the fund. 

Summer 2023 Policy Intern Application

NASFAA's Policy Intern application window is now open. Applications are due February 10, 2023.

Apply Today

NASFAA's Former DME Policy Interns

NASFAA's former interns (listed below) have gone on to make meaningful contributions to the financial aid profession, the broader field of higher education, and society as a whole. Read our "Where Are They Now?" article — written by 2021 DME Policy Intern Richard Davis, Jr. and published in August 2021 — to learn more about these talented professionals and the impact they are making on the world. 

  • Jackson Snellman, Summer 2022
  • Richard Davis, Jr., Summer 2021
  • Muhammad Kara, Summer 2020
  • Maylene Rodruiguez Scott, Summer 2019
  • McCall Hopkin, Summer 2018
  • Brianna Hayes, Summer 2017
  • Janette Martinez, Summer 2016
  • Angel Flores, Summer 2015
  • Blondeen Philemond, Summer 2014
  • Charlotte Etier, Summer 2013
  • Margot O'Meara, Summer 2012


In 2013, the DME reached its initial fundraising goal of $300,000 thanks to the generous support of contributors and funds allocated by the NASFAA Board of Directors– but there is still more work to be done! To donate to the Dallas Martin Endowment, please send a check (made payable to Dallas Martin Endowment) to:

NASFAA c/o Dallas Martin Endowment
1801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 850
Washington, D.C. 20006-3606

Or donate online:

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Receive A Special Gift When You Donate $50

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of our supporters, and also recognize dedications. Can we add your name to the list? When you donate $50 or more, we'll send you a copy of The Art and Science of Student Aid Administration as our thank-you gift! 

About Dr. Dallas Martin

Dr. A. Dallas Martin, Jr. dedicated his career to helping students achieve their higher education goals. The fund honors his accomplishments during his 32 years with NASFAA.

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