The Excellence in Education Award is presented to an individual who has improved the field of education and/or the way students are served.
The Addis Award recognizes a NACAC member who has provided the association with unique and outstanding service.
The Wilson Award is presented to a NACAC member who, over a period of years, has performed outstanding service to our profession.
2008 Gayle C. Wilson Award Recipient
What were your thoughts or feelings when you learned you had been chosen to receive a NACAC Award? "I certainly know most of the former recipients, and I have been a tremendous admirer of their extraordinary contributions to the profession. To be considered in the same category as them, was a humbling experience. Perhaps the one person I admired the most is Gayle Wilson. Wilson was also a Michigan man, but more importantly, his dedication to "preserving the dream of American youths through informing and counseling students, parents, teachers, and many others about the value of higher education,” inspired me to attempt to follow in his footsteps."
1996 Addis and 1997 Muir Award Recipient
Mary Lee Hoganson
At the end of a long career, being able to look back and realize my work was of significance, beyond my school or even my state association, gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I have nominated others for this and other NACAC awards. I am delighted to see their work recognized, as well.
The Importance of the NACAC Awards
Previous award winners and leaders in the profession encourage members to nominate their colleagues for recognition through the NACAC Awards.
Recognizing professionals in the educational arena is very important. Educators, and especially counselors, rarely get acknowledged for their best practices. So having your peers recognize you for your good works motivates you to go back and continue serving students and families. It also encourages others to strive, do their best and become better practitioners.
I believe that awards such as NACAC’s Wilson and Addis Awards allow the profession to shine light on what we can accomplish if we put our minds to it. It is not so much the individual that is honored, but the endeavors of a lifetime of service to students and the profession that are highlighted. All professions need exemplars to help shine a light on the path not yet trodden by our colleagues who are still in the act of “becoming.” Awards offer one ingredient to the sustainability of our profession.
I feel association awards are important in providing a historical perspective for an organization. They encourage members to strive to improve why and how the organization does its business by reflecting on the actions and motivations of members who they perceive to have made a difference.