To view past award recipients, please click here (PDF).

To nominate a KASFAA member for the Deborah Byers Outstanding Service Award, Meritorious Achievement Award, the Hall of Fame Award, or KASFAA Rising Star award, please use the Award Nomination Form.

To put an individual forward for retirement recognition, please use the Retiree Form.

KASFAA recognizes individuals who have provided voluntary service or made significant contributions towards the aims and ideals of the financial aid profession in KASFAA. Any member of the association may make nominations for awards. Generally, the KASFAA Awards Banquet will be held in conjunction with the annual Spring Conference. Following is a list of the current, approved awards. The Board of Directors must approve any other recognition.

Length of Service Awards will be presented to members and associate members who have maintained paid membership in KASFAA for 10, 15, 20 and each five years thereafter. A start date between January 1 to December 31 counts as a full year of service for the purpose of the Length of Service Award. In addition, the members institution must be a current paid member of KASFAA. The Awards Committee Chair will submit a list of members and associate members to the Board for their consideration at the winter board meeting. In case of questions about start dates, the Awards Committee Chair will contact the member in question and is authorized to make decisions on award eligibility. Consultation with the Awards Committee members in these cases is encouraged.

Retirement Recognition is given to members who have officially retired from their place of employment, the profession and their institution. They must have 10 years of service or more active participation in KASFAA. The Awards Committee Chair will report the names of those who appear to be eligible for retirement to the Board at the winter meeting. Questions, if any will be handled in the same manner as described above. The retirement gift shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Those recognized upon their retirement should be kept on the KASFAA mailing list and are welcome to attend meetings or participate in KASFAA activities as though they were still paying membership dues.

KASFAA Rising Star award provides recognition to an individual member with fewer than 5 years of experience who shows promise for future contributions to the association or the financial aid profession. This individual has demonstrated quality performance through their passion for their work while exemplifying the professionalism and dedication to the mission of KASFAA.

Deborah Byers Outstanding Service Award is presented to recognize the outstanding contribution of an individual in the field of financial aid through contributions to KASFAA. The Board may select one member or associate member each year by secret ballot at the winter board meeting. Nominations are requested from the membership and can also come from the Board. A person is eligible to receive this award only once. A plaque is awarded at the KASFAA Awards Banquet.

Outgoing Presidents Plaque - the Awards Committee will provide a plaque in recognition of the outgoing KASFAA President to be presented by the incoming President at the Awards Banquet.

Meritorious Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made an important contribution to KASFAA or to the financial aid profession that KASFAA wishes to recognize. To receive a Meritorious Achievement Award, the individual should have made either an important single contribution or significant multiple contributions to KASFAA or the profession. The individual does not have to be a member of KASFAA. The purpose of this award is to encourage members to become involved in carrying out the mission of the Association and to encourage continued individual support to the financial aid profession. This award would not necessarily be an annual award. It would be awarded at the Spring Conference in the year in which it was awarded. Anyone in the Association may nominate an individual for this award. The Awards Committee will solicit nominations from the membership through its regular process of identifying others to be recognized at the Spring Conference. Since this is a prestigious award, it should be submitted to the KASFAA Board of Directors for approval. Any individual selected should not be told of this award. It should not be announced publicly until the Awards Banquet at the Spring Conference.

The Hall of Fame Award is the highest award made by KASFAA. The Awards Committee will solicit nominations from the membership through its regular process for other awards. The Board of Directors chooses the award recipient(s) at the winter meeting. It is not mandated that this award be given each year. The decision of the Board will remain secret until the Awards Banquet at the spring meeting. This award can be given to any person who has contributed significantly to the financial aid profession for a minimum of fifteen years. The award is presented at the Spring Conference.

Committee of the Year Award is selected each year by the KASFAA President who recognizes them at the annual Awards Banquet.

Special Recognition Award was established to recognize individuals who have left the association and/or profession and are not a current year recipient of a distinguished KASFAA award. It was designed to recognize individuals for their service to KASFAA. The Awards Committee Chair will report the names of those who appear to be eligible for recognition to the Board at the winter meeting. The Board of Directors can add additional names to the list. Recipient(s) of this special recognition will be at the recommendation of the Executive Board.

Our Sponsors