WFAA Awards

WFAA Awards honor deserving financial aid administrators throughout Washington State date back to 2002! Since 2002, a call goes out annually to the WFAA listserv to reflect on their witness of outstanding financial aid performance in and around their community and report it by nominating a deserving colleague for an award.

Process:
The Past President places a notice on the website and sends out an e-mail request for nominations for all four awards. The email includes the awards descriptions, the procedures and timeline. Membership responds by submitting a short description of the nominee's experience and the reason(s) for the specific award recommendation. The Awards Committee Chair and the Committee members review all submissions, vote and make their selections prior to the annual conference.

Notification of awards:
Only Supervisors of the Distinguished Service and Unsung Hero Award recipients are notified in order to facilitate recipient attendance at the fall conference awards ceremony. The Rookie of the Year Award recipient is informed early since conference registration is part of the prize and the recipient is asked to make a brief conference presentation.

We are proud to have the following four annual awards to recognize deserving colleagues. Take a moment now to review the awards details and reflect generously on the contributions made by someone near you.

Prepare to submit the reason for your selection soon. As you honor others, others may honor you and so the tune goes!

Annual Award Descriptions

  • MARIANNA DEEKEN NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship honors an up-and-coming member of the financial aid community with fewer than three years' experience. Recipient receives a plaque of recognition and free registration to the WFAA annual conference.
  • TIM HENNING ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: This award honors an up and coming member of the financial aid community with fewer than three years' experience. Recipient receives a plaque of recognition and free registration to the WFAA annual conference.
  • UNSUNG HERO AWARD: This award honors a WFAA member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to Washington students or WFAA by working quietly and without reward or recognition on committees, at their institution and/or in the community, above and beyond the requirements of the candidate's job. Recipient receives a plaque of appreciation at the annual conference.
  • DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: This award honors a WFAA member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to Washington students and WFAA through outstanding contributions to WFAA activities and the financial aid profession over a sustained period of time. Recipient receives a plaque of appreciation at the annual conference.

COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Awarded at the President's discretion to recognize a committee that has excelled in performance which will result in a long-term positive impact on the Association.

-- CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR 2018 WFAA AWARD NOMINATION --

Past Award Recipients

2017 Conference Awards - The Branches of Financial Aid, Vancouver - Linnea Todd, President
Distinguished Service Award: Jane Baumgardner, Spokane Falls Community College
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year: Kari Lassiter, University of Puget Sound
Unsung Hero Award: Jessica Swartling, The Evergreen State College
Committee of the Year:

Electronic Services: Heather Jones, Chair

Central Washington University

2016 Conference Awards - Don't Park Your Spark, Spokane - Kelley Christianson, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship: Selenia Apodaca, Perry Technical Institute
2015 Conference Awards - Fusion of Ideas, Tacoma - Tracy Hall, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship: Shannon Bartlett, Financial Aid Administrator, Divers Institute of Technology
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Regina Graw-Crockett, Financial Aid Administrator, Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Distinguished Service Award: April Tovar, Student Financial Services Manager, WSU Vancouver
Unsung Hero Award: Crystal Allison, Associate Dean - Financial Aid, Skagit Valley College
Committee of the Year: Conference Committee: Linnea Todd, Assistant Director, Bellevue College & Sarah Gill, Assistant Director, Whitworth University - Co-Chairs

Early Awareness Committee: April Tovar, Chair - Financial Aid & Scholarship Manager, Washington State University Vancouver
2014 Conference Awards - QUEST, Airway Heights - Abril Hunt, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship: Lindsey Bain McCorkle, Financial Aid Counselor, University of Washington Seattle
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Sarah Gill, Financial Aid Counselor, Gonzaga University
Distinguished Service Award: Kay Soltis, Director Financial Aid, Pacific Lutheran University
Unsung Hero Award: Rosee Murray, Program Coordinator, Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, Eastern Washington University
Committee of the Year: Early Awareness Committee: April D Tovar, Chair
Financial Aid & Scholarship Manager
Washington State University Vancouver 

Committee Members: John A Garrigues - Wells Fargo EFS, Rebecca L Hightower - College Success Foundation, Trinity L Huttner - Director Financial Aid, Digipen, Ron Noborikawa - Sr. Associate Director, Pacific Lutheran University, Sherri L Peterson - Financial Aid Program Administrator, Gonzaga University
2013 Conference Awards - Crossing Bridges, Leavenworth - Monique C. Thériault, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship: Jennifer Snellink, Financial Aid Assistant, Perry Technical Institute
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: no nomination
Distinguished Service Award: Marilyn Ponti, Director Financial Aid, Whitman College
Unsung Hero Award: Yeumie Truong, Assistant Director Financial Aid, Renton Technical College
Committee of the Year: Conference Committee: Jim White, Isabelle Mora, Kevin Berg, Janet Cantelon, Carlie Curlee, Danette Iyall, Ron Noborikawa, Marilyn Ponti, Traci Stensland, Linda Weir
2012 Conference Awards - Come Together, Wenatchee - Ted Haase, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship: Sara Updike, Program Assistant III, Gonzaga University
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Andrea Vosberg, Specialist, Perry Technical Institute
Distinguished Service Award: Marcela Pattinson, Counselor, Washington State University
Unsung Hero Award: Rick Sinclair, Director, Interface College
Committee of the Year: no nomination
2011 Conference Awards - Reflecting Back for a Clearer Tomorrow, Leavenworth - Darcy Keller, President
Marianna Deeken New Professional Scholarship**: no nomination
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: no nomination
Distinguished Service Award: no nomination
Unsung Hero Award: no nomination
Committee of the Year: no nomination
2010 Conference Awards - Reflect, Release, Renew, Vancouver - Rebecca Wonderly, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: John Breneman, Counselor, Whitworth University
Distinguished Service Award: Ron Noborikawa, Sr. Associate Director, Pacific Lutheran University
Unsung Hero Award: Deanna Thompson, Assistant Director, Central Washington University
Committee of the Year: Ethnic Awareness Committee: Lisa Fortson, Chair
2009 Conference Awards - bouncing back...moving forward, SeaTac - Kathleen Koch, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Deidra Norgaard, Counselor, Clover Park Technical College
Distinguished Service Award: Rick Sinclair, Director, Interface College
Unsung Hero Award: Rachelle Sharpe, Higher Education Coordinating Board
Committee of the Year: Electronic Services: Jeff Lackey, Chair
2008 Conference Awards - A New Vintage, A New Landscape, Walla Walla - Kathleen Koch, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: no nomination
Distinguished Service Award: Linda Burkhardt, Department of Education
Unsung Hero Award: no nomination
Committee of the Year: no nomination
2007 Conference Awards - Nurturing Dreams...Cultivating Success, Wenatchee - Marilyn Ponti, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: no nomination
Distinguished Service Award: no nomination
Unsung Hero Award: Darcy Keller, Assistant Director, University of Washington
Committee of the Year: 2006 Conference Committee: Mary Edington and Marty Daniels, Co-chairs
2006 Conference Awards - Exploring New Frontiers, Vancouver - Carla Idohl-Corwin, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Lynn Cross, Financial Aid Counselor, Washington State University - Pullman
Distinguished Service Award: Wendy Olson, Director, Whitworth College
Unsung Hero Award: no nomination
Committee of the Year: no nomination
2005 Conference Awards - Unmask the Mystery, Spokane - Rachelle Sharpe, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Elaine Marcinek, Administrator, ITT Technical Institute
Distinguished Service Award: Jim White, Director, Seattle University
Unsung Hero Award: Jennifer Freimund, NELA
Committee of the Year: Publications/Newsletter: Wendy Olson and Traci Stensland, Co-Chairs
WFAA Ethnic Scholarship*: Lynn Cross, Financial Aid Counselor, Washington State University
2004 Conference Awards - It Depends, Olympia - Rick Sinclair, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Jeannie Damon, Program Assistant, Cascadia Community College
Distinguished Service Award: Bob Walker, Director, Pierce College
Unsung Hero Award: Wendy Olson, Director, Whitworth College
Vera Hoover Professional Development Award*: Tammerly Coe, Counselor, Western Washington University
Committee of the Year: Student Budgets: Carla Idohl-Corwin, Chair
2003 Conference Awards - New ABC's of Financial Aid, Leavenworth - Clara Capron, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Amy Shaver, Perkins Loan Coordinator, Art Institute of Seattle
Distinguished Service Award: Becky Thompson, EdFund
Unsung Hero Award: Ron Noborikawa, Associate Director, Pacific Lutheran University
Committee of the Year: Electronic Services, Wendy Joseph, Chair
2002 Conference Awards - Gateway to Opportunity, Seattle - Mary Edington, President
Tim Henning Rookie of the Year Award: Kim Wasierski, Counselor, Highline Community College

* - Denotes a one-time award
** - Denotes first year of a new, recurring award