Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NASFAA Awards Nominations Due Friday, Feb. 27

The NASFAA Awards Nomination Deadline is February 27th. Please consider nominating those in our profession who may fit the nomination criteria.


Gold Star Award
The Gold Star Award recognizes innovative ideas in the financial aid arena at any level, targeted toward any constituency. This award is open to individuals working at NASFAA member institutions; member institutions; regional associations; and state associations.


Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award 
The Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards that NASFAA bestows and may be awarded either for significant contributions in the furtherance of NASFAA's goals over a sustained period of time OR for a single contribution of such momentous importance as to deserve the award.

An award recipient may come from the financial aid, political, educational, business, or other community. In addition to any selection(s) made from nominations for the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award, the association normally recognizes the significant and sustained contributions of the NASFAA Chair with this award at the end of the Chair's term.

Members may nominate individuals for this award using the online form on the NASFAA website. Download the list of past winners of the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award.

Lifetime Membership Award
The Lifetime Membership Award is the highest award that NASFAA can bestow on one of its members or an individual who is affiliated with a member organization. In order to be eligible to receive this award, the individual must first be employed or have been employed by a member institution, be an affiliate member, be employed by a constituent or associated member organization, or be a student member.

In as much as this award is the highest that NASFAA can bestow on a member, the achievements and contributions of the individual must truly be outstanding and significant. Normally, the individual will have made these contributions and achievements over a sustained period of time. That is to say, this award is not typically made for a one-time achievement or effort, but for working over a sustained period of time for the Association and the profession in important capacities, and contributing significantly to NASFAA's success in meeting its goals.

Members may nominate individuals for this award using the online form on the NASFAA website. Download the list of past winners of the Lifetime Membership Award.

Meritorious Achievement Award
This award is presented to an individual who has made an important contribution to the Association or to the profession. To receive a Meritorious Achievement Award the individual should have made either:
  • An important single contribution to the Association or the profession; or
  • Significant multiple contributions to the Association or the profession.

As an example, Ruth Burns was honored for her developmental work on the original NASFAA Encyclopedia of Student Financial Aid.

Members may nominate individuals for this award using the online form on the NASFAA website. Download the list of past winners of the Meritorious Achievement Award.

Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award
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.

Members may nominate individuals for this award using the online form on the NASFAA website.


Honorary Membership Award
Honorary Membership in NASFAA is the highest honor that the Association can bestow on a person who is neither a member nor affiliated with a member organization.

Since this is the highest such award that NASFAA can give, the individual receiving it must have made truly outstanding contributions to the Association and to the profession over a sustained period of time. It is not expected that honorary membership will be granted in recognition of a single accomplishment, but for continued efforts over a period of time. Several members of Congress, a former Secretary of Education, and a former Commissioner of Education have received this award.


Members may nominate individuals for this award using the online form on the NASFAA website. Download the list of past winners of the Honorary Membership Award.

Now, nominate a colleague or two by Friday!


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