The Governance and Nominating, Government Relations and Inclusion, Access and Success Committees invite you to nominate individuals to receive special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the field of education, to the profession and to our organization. Nominations are due to NACAC by April 15. For more information, contact

Honor your colleagues, submit an Award Nomination Form.  
Meet previous award winners:


Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award:

The Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award was named for a fine and outstanding leader who devoted his life to counseling and assisting students in attaining their educational goals. The Wilson Award is presented to a NACAC member who, over a period of years, has performed outstanding service to our profession.

Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award:

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.

Excellence in Education Award:

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.

Government Relations Award:

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.

Inclusion, Access and Success Award:

The Inclusion, Access and Success (formerly the Human Relations) Award honors persons who have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.

John B. Muir Editor Award

The John B. Muir Editor Award, determined by the Communications Committee, recognizes the author who has made the most significant contribution to NACAC's Journal of College Admission during the past year. Nominations are not accepted for this award.

Rising Star Award

Imagine Grants