NACAC Awards

NACAC honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of education, to the profession, and to our organization.

2022 Award Nominations Are Now Closed

National Awards

Joyce E. Smith Excellence in Education Award

The Joyce E. Smith Excellence in Education Award is presented to an individual who has improved the field of education and/or the way students are served.

Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award

The Addis Award recognizes a NACAC member who has provided the association with unique and outstanding service.

Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award

The Wilson Award is presented to a NACAC member who, over a period of years, has performed outstanding service to our profession.

Other Awards

The Government Relations Award is presented to a NACAC member who has made outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote equal access to higher education, encourage student achievement and promote counselor excellence, and further the government relations priorities of NACAC members. Learn More
The Inclusion, Access and Success Award honors individuals who have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students. Learn More
The John B. Muir Editor Award recognizes the author who has made the most significant contribution to NACAC's Journal of College Admission during the past year. Learn More
The Rising Star Award honors individuals and programs that exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college. Learn More

In their own words

Recent award winners reflect on receiving NACAC's top honors

Any contributions I have made to advance guidance and advocacy for students are a direct result of the professional development opportunities afforded me throughout my career from our professional associations and their members as well as from the leadership and colleagues within the institutions I have served. It is now more important than ever that we work with and through our associations to successfully guide the way to inclusion for all students and further advance our mission for access, equity, and affordability. I’ve been honored to dedicate my career to that effort and cannot express the depth of my gratitude for this recognition.

Nan Davis

2019 Gayle C. Wilson Award Winner

Throughout my career, NACAC has provided me with professional development and network opportunities that have allowed me to become a much more effective advocate and change agent. With my roots and career solely in California, NACAC afforded me the opportunity to understand and contribute to the national and international arenas of college admission counseling and student outreach. I appreciate the guidance and support I have received from my colleagues over the years. I was honored to receive the Margaret E. Addis Service Award, and look forward to paying it forward, especially with newer members of our profession in NACAC, and my affiliate, WACAC.

David Kamimoto

2019 Margaret E. Addis Award Winner