Distinguished Service Award

Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are past or present AASFAA members whose contributions have had a significant influence upon the financial aid profession. The following individuals received this award due to having set high standards of excellence during their many years of service. They demonstrated a continued commitment to assisting students in achieving their goal of higher education, and have also demonstrated leadership characteristics through their willingness to share their expertise and ideas with colleagues.

  • 1997 - Gerald Craig
  • 1998 - Sam Howell
  • 2001 - Vernon Eagan
  • 2004 - Nelda Branstine
  • 2005 - Carlia Sproles Smith
  • 2006 - Jo Holland
  • 2009 - Jay Simpson
  • 2010 - Rita Toland
  • 2011 - David Glover
  • 2012 - Ronnie Nichols
  • 2013 - Julia Robinson

Outstanding Service Award

The following individuals are either current or past members of AASFAA who were honored for exceptional contributions to the association and/or the financial aid profession.

  • 1991 - Russell Showalter, Sam Howell, Harold Harris, Gerald Craig, and Wanda Wise
  • 1992 - Len Clark and Nelda Branstine
  • 1993 - Carlia Sproles and Harold Johnson
  • 1994 - Jim McClain and Ben Pickard
  • 1995 - Sandy Richard
  • 1996 - Karen Hulsey
  • 1997 - Rita Toland
  • 1998 - No recipient
  • 1999 - Judy Lassiter
  • 2000 - Shirley Goines
  • 2001 - Cari Wickliffe and Terry Finney
  • 2002 - Dena Prior, Mike Smith and Nancy Kossler-Faucett
  • 2003 - Joyce Johnson
  • 2004 - Jeff Crawford and Bronwyn Sneed
  • 2005 - Herb Brubaker and Ed Schroeder
  • 2006 - Jennifer Ball, Jana Hart, and Jay Simpson
  • 2007 - Phil Axelroth, Lisa Hopper, John Jefferson, and Scott Medlin
  • 2008 - Jackie Brubaker
  • 2009 - Julia Robison
  • 2010 - Becky Collins and Becky Hammett
  • 2011 - Marilyn Campbell
  • 2012 - Allen Pixley
  • 2013 - Sheila McManus
  • 2014 - John Noah
  • 2015 - Ginger Turner

Philo Brasher Emerging Leadership Award (Rookie of the Year)

These individuals are current or past members of AASFAA who had five (5) years or less experience in Financial aid and who distinguished themselves at their institution and within the association.

  • 1998 - Gina Fox
  • 1999 - John Noah
  • 2000 - Vicki Taylor
  • 2001 - Lavada Story
  • 2002 - Jay Simpson
  • 2003 - Lisa Hopper
  • 2004 - Kristen Cross
  • 2005 - Reesa Robinson
  • 2006 - Lisa Vanoven-Griffin
  • 2007 - Dustin Howell
  • 2008 - Ginny Meek
  • 2009 - Toni Carter
  • 2010 - Melissa Sisco
  • 2011 - Amy Neathery
  • 2012 - Bonnie Hartz
  • 2013 - Heather Ledbetter
  • 2014 - Leanne Johnson
  • 2015 - Will Smith
  • 2016 - April Herring