The Awards Committee selects recipients for the Outstanding Service award, Special Recognition award (optional), New Professional award as well as presenting length of service awards, recognizes retirees, and coordinates with current President on Committee of the Year Award.
Each year WASFAA makes awards to persons who have served the profession, the Association, and/or needy students in various capacities. Nominations for the following awards are solicited from the membership each year.
Outstanding Service Award
Regular or Associate membership in WASFAA;
Special Recognition Awards
Recognition of Retirement Awards
Nominees must be retiring from financial aid work due to reasons of health or age. The person must have served a significant number of years as a member of a financial aid office or in a position eligible for membership in WASFAA.
Length of Service Awards
Given to members who have served as a member of a financial aid office or in a position eligible for membership in WASFAA. Awards begin after 15 years and are given for every five years thereafter. The years of service for members are self‑declared on the WASFAA membership application and are monitored for award eligibility by the Awards Committee.
New Professionals Award
The New Professional Award is given to a Regular or Associate WASFAA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the financial aid profession and WASFAA in particular. The recipient must have been in the profession for less than five years and made outstanding contributions at the institutional, state, regional, or national level. The recipient must be a current member of WASFAA.