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Government Relations Award

Established in 2001, 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.  

About the 2019 Winner:

2019 Government Relations Award WinnerAdvocacy work has flourished in the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) under the leadership of Paul Welsha counselor at Fenton High School (IL). As IACAC’s government relations co-chair, Welsh played a key role in passing legislation to protect student ownership of test scores. He has also participated in several of NACAC’s Advocacy Days in Washington, DC.


Previous Award Winners:

  • 2018 - Breanne Boyle
  • 2017 - Sarah Summerhill
  • 2016 - Jessica Sant
  • 2015 - Grant Blume
  • 2014 - Julie Fopma
  • 2013 - Jayne Fonash
  • 2012 - Ken Anselment
  • 2011 - Bob Bardwell
  • 2010 - Craig Dodson
  • 2009 - Patrick O'Connor
  • 2008 - Jon Westover
  • 2007 - From Western ACAC: Kevin Buck, Elsa Clark, Esther Hugo, Esther Lopez, Rafael Magallan, Marc Meredith, Katy Murphy, and Loretta Whitson
  • 2006 - Allen V. Lentino  
  • 2005 - New York State ACAC
  • 2004 - Rose-Ellen Racanelli
  • 2003 - Jim Miller
  • 2002 - Frank Sachs  
  • 2001 - Braxton Rethwisch

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