2014 Nacac Student Essay Contest

Established in 1996, the Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award honors a long-time, respected leader of NACAC who never faltered in her commitment to ensuring ethical practices. The Addis Award recognizes a NACAC member who has provided the association with unique and outstanding service.  

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that the Governance and Nominating Committee uses when nominating an award recipient for the Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award. 

  • NACAC Membership: member for 10 or more years
  • Ethics: constant and passionate voice for ethical practices and standards; instrumental in developing and promoting best practices for the profession; institutional conscience
  • Service to NACAC: previous NACAC service as president or as chair of a national committee; service over an extended period in the NACAC leadership; service during a crisis or transition situation; help shape/define NACAC policy on important issues; offer support, insights and manpower when needed in issues related to ethics and best practices; outstanding service to NACAC in general

About the 2017 Winner:

Lou Hirsh, who retired in 2012 as director of admissions at the University of Delaware, has devoted years of service to NACAC, as well as the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. Throughout his career, Hirsh — the current chair of the NACAC’s Admission Practices Committee — has been a passionate voice for ethical practice and standards. As a member of the NACAC Steering Committee on Admission Practices, Hirsh helped craft the revised Statement of Principles of Good Practice, adopted Saturday by NACAC’s Assembly. He continues to work with students, high school faculty, and counselors on various parts of the admission process as an independent consultant.

Previous Award Winners:

  • 2017 - Lou Hirsh
  • 2016 - Phyllis Gill
  • 2015 - Alice Tanaka
  • 2014 - Bridget Herrera
  • 2013 - Frank Sachs
  • 2012 - Patty Montague
  • 2011 - Richard Powell
  • 2010 - Peter Hauet​
  • 2009 - Samuel Moss​
  • 2008 - Carl 'Sandy' Behrend​
  • 2007 - Joseph Monte​
  • 2006 - Members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Coursework and Authors of the Fundamentals of​ College Admission Counseling​​​: John Anderson, Robert Bardwell​​, ​Carl Behrend​​​, Francis Bernstein, ​Susan Biemeret, ​Robin Brown, Elsa Clark​, Steve George​, Barbara Hall​, Esther Hugo, Marybeth Kravets, Bradford MacGowan, Joseph Manning, Joan Mudge, Patrick O'Connor, Bill Pruden, Susan Rexford​, Rebecca Rutsky, Rod Skinner, Jeffrey Smith, Susan Street, Scott White​
  • 2005 - Martin Wilder ​
  • 2004 - Mary Hendry​, William Neal​
  • 2003 - National College Fair Chairs Who Served the Program for More Than Five Years: ​Richard Bory, Mimi Grossman, Gwendolyn Hoover​, Richard Hutchinson​, Steve Kerge​, ​​Kathi Lecertua​, Barbara Lowe​, Frank Muzio​, Susan Reantillo, Debbie Rupert​, Marvin Sills​​, Alice Tanaka
  • 2002 - Katy Murphy​ 
  • 2001 - Antonio Solorzano, Jr.​ 
  • 2000 - Audrey T. Hill ​ 
  • 1999 - Patricia L. Burgh ​ ​
  • 1998 - William R. McClintick, Jr.​ 
  • 1997 - Marjorie S. Loennig​  
  • 1996 - Mary Lee Hoganson​


The Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award was previously the Executive Board Award, which recognized a person who provided NACAC with unique and outstanding service. In 1996 this award was changed to the Margaret E. Addis Award.

Executive Board Award Winners:

  • 1995 - Margaret Williamson
  • 1994 - Patricia Hawkins  
  • 1993 - Sharon M. Alston  
  • 1992 - Joyce E. Smith  
  • 1991 - Steven T. Syverson
  • 1990 - Ron Ancrum
  • 1989 - Joyce E. Suber
  • 1988 - Carl F. Brown
  • 1987 - Richard A. Stewart
  • 1986 - Helen J. Pape
  • 1984 - Sarah S. Heckscher  
  • 1983 - Conrad J. Sharrow  
  • 1981 - Ray A. Stines  
  • 1980 - Steven C. Munger  
  • 1979 - Joseph A. Monte  
  • 1977 - Anne M. Kennedy  
  • 1976 - Edward J. Yaw   
  • 1975 - Silas Purnell
  • 1974 - George Giampetro  
  • 1973 - Richard Rowray

Established in 1983, the Excellence in Education Award is presented to an individual - member or non-member - who has improved the field of education and/or the way students are served.

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that the Governance and Nominating Committee uses when nominating an award recipient for the Excellence in Education Award.

  • Prominence: national figure in political or education arena; great influence over public opinion in matters related to education
  • Advocacy and Access: in their career, has been at the forefront of initiatives advocating for students and access to education

About the 2017 Winners:

As executive director of College Horizons, Carmen Lopezhelps make higher education more accessible for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. Her program provides services and workshops to Native high school students, primarily during the summer, as a way to address the college access gap. She also helps connect Native students with admission professionals from colleges and universities around the country. Lopez, a member of the Navajo Nation, assumed the directorship of College Horizons after years as executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program. The initiative plays an instrumental role in the recruitment and support of Native students.

William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard, has helped shape over 40 classes of entering students at the university. Himself a first-generation Harvard graduate, Fitzsimmons is credited with greatly increasing his university’s percentage of Pell Grant-eligible students. He has been a friend and mentor to generations of NACAC members. In his role as director of Harvard’s Summer Institute on College Admissions, Fitzsimmons invites current admission leaders to present on relevant topics to over 200 professionals each year. He also chaired NACAC’s Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions from 2007 to 2008. The commission’s landmark report is regarded as a valuable resource within the college admission profession, and their recommendations are still relevant today.



Previous Award Winners:

  • 2017 - William R. Fitzsimmons and Carmen Lopez
  • 2016- Stacy Lightfoot
  • 2015 -  Dr. Trish Hatch, Dr. Sandy Savitz-Romer, Campus Pride and Shane Windmeyer
  • 2014 - First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama
  • 2013 - Nicole Farmer Hurd and Ted O'Neill
  • 2012 - Greg Darnieder  
  • 2011 - Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • 2010 - Steve Peifer
  • 2009 - Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • 2008 - Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)  
  • 2007 - Loren Pope
  • 2006 - Hugh O'Brian
  • 2005 - Irving Fradkin
  • 2004 - Rep. David Obey (D-WI)
  • 2002 - Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), and Rep. Betty McCullum (D-MN)
  • 2001 - Lee C. Bollinger
  • 2000 - Richard Riley
  • 1999 - William G. Bowen and Derek Bok
  • 1998 - Tom Joyner
  • 1997 - Dr. Benjamin Carson   
  • 1996 - Peggy Cooper Cafritz     
  • 1995 - David L. Boren
  • 1994 - Eugene Lang
  • 1993 - Arnold Mitchem    
  • 1992 - Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-WI) and Sen. Thomas Sawyer (D-OH)
  • 1991 - Theodore Sizer  
  • 1990 - Augustus F. Hawkins
  • 1989 - Harold L. Hodgkinson  
  • 1988 - Oluf Davidsen and George Hanford  
  • 1987 - Ernest L. Boyer
  • 1986 - William D. Ford, Samuel L. Meyers and Paul Simon  
  • 1985 - Alexander W. Astin    
  • 1984 - Fred Hargadon  
  • 1983 - Francis Keppel

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