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:
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.
Abbie, our 2023 Dallas Martin Endowment Policy Intern, will be with working with NASFAA's policy team through early August. Abbie is a dual degree master’s student at the University of Michigan receiving her degrees in public policy and higher education. After receiving her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2019, she worked as a college advisor with the Michigan College Advising Corps — a branch of AmeriCorps that places recent graduates in high schools across the state to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students entering and completing postsecondary education. Abbie is passionate about increasing college access and completion and is excited about the opportunity to advocate for impactful student aid policies that will allow more students to access the benefits of higher education. We look forward to having Abbie with us this summer.
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.
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 donate online:
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.