Resource Center: Funding and Recognition

Awards

Recognizing the great work and innovations happening in financial education, research and practice. Award winners are recognized each November at the AFCPE Symposium.

Applications closed for 2017.

Winners to be announced Fall 2017 and recognized at the 2017 AFCPE Symposium.


Distinguished Fellow Award in memory of Celia Hayhoe

This award recognizes significant and long-lasting contributions made by selected individuals to AFCPE over the organization’s history. The nominee should be a leader in the field of financial counseling and planning education. Must exhibit the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct throughout his or her professional career. Recognize a colleague whom you feel merits our greatest accolades!

2016 Recipient
Barbara O'Neill

2015 Recipient
Jean Lown


Mary Ellen Edmondson Educator of the Year

The educator of the year award honors an individual who has provided exceptional service to teaching and/or outreach. Through the design or use of creative and innovative programs, the educator has made a profound impact on, or provided an exceptional service to, our profession and/or afcpe. They should be a mentor – giving back to students or commited to educating clients. This award includes $200 and a plaque.

2016 Recipient
Andrew Zumwalt

2015 Recipient
Ryan Law


Financial Counselor of the Year

This award goes to a financial counselor who has contributed outstanding work in financial counseling. This individual has a high level of outreach, strong evidence of outcomes and approaches their work with an innovative approach. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and $200. Nominee must also be an afcpe certified counselor in good standing.

2015 Recipient
Patsy Collins, AFC®


Outstanding Consumer Financial Information

Consumer information comes in a variety of forms – through books/periodicals, consumer brochures, videos, audio, multi-media, even apps! Nominate the person or organization that is providing outstanding consumer information in the field of financial counseling and planning. The work should be innovative and timely with wide reach to diverse audiences. A plaque will be awarded to the author, publisher or creator of widely distributed educational materials.

2015 Recipient
Luke Erickson

2014 Recipient
Rita Green


Outstanding Educational Program

This award goes to an educational program that is significantly impact our field. The outstanding educational program will have well-defined objectives for its target audience, and provide supportive educational materials, content and methods that are audience-appropriate. The program is innovative and adaptable for other practiitioners and educators to replicate and/or adapt in their work. A plaque will be awarded to a program that has demonstrated an impact in the field of financial counseling and planning.


Outstanding Financial Counseling and/or Planning Center

This award goes to a financial counseling or planning center that has demonstrated its effectiveness in its local community. The center is responsive to target audience needs and provides materials and delivery of services that are in tune with its audience. The evidence of its impact is widespread and other centers can learn from or adapt this program to effectively support clients.


Outstanding Research Journal Article of the Year

All papers accepted for publication in the research journal are automatically nominated for this award. The winning paper will include a thorough and appropriate review of the literature of the topic addressed. Sound research methodologies must be employed and include sound operational definitions, appropriate measuring devices, and adequate statistical analyses. The successful paper will also provide creative and innovative approaches to using the information in practice.

2016 Award Winner: Robin Henager, PhD & Brenda Cude, PhD for "Financial Literacy and Long-and Short-Term Financial Behavior in Different Age Groups"

Learn how to submit your research to the Journal of Financial Counseling & Planning


Outstanding Symposium Research Paper Award

This award winner, nominated by the submission reviewers and chosen by a select committee, has written a paper that is of great use to the profession. The paper must include a thorough review of literature, a new and innovative approach to examining a current topic, and employ sound research methods. The successful paper will also include a thorough and creative practical applications section.

2016 Award Winner: Sandra Huston, PhD & Dawn Abbott, AFC®, Texas Tech University for " Examining the Community of Inquiry (COI) Model for Guiding Online Learning Related to Personal Finance"


Outstanding Symposium Student Paper Award

This award winner, nominated by the submission reviewers and chosen by a select committee, is a student who has written a paper that is of great use to the profession. The paper must include a thorough review of literature, a new and innovative approach to examining a current topic, and employ sound research methods. The successful paper will also include a thorough and creative practical applications section.

2016 Award Winner: Judith Aboagye, University of Georgia for "Does behavioral and debt factors matter?"


Outstanding Symposium Poster Award

This award winner, was one of 3 finalists nominated by the Symposium submission reviewers and chosen by a select committee. The poster must include a thorough review of literature, a new and innovative approach to examining a current topic, and employ sound research methods. The poster also includes a thorough and creative practical applications section. All Symposium attendees had the opportunity to review the finalists during the Symposium Poster session and select the winner.

2016 Winner: Veronica Deenanath, MA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities;  Catherine Solheim, PhD; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Lori Hendrickson, M Ed, AFC®, CFCS, University of Minnesota Extension; Mary Jo Katras, PhD, University of Minnesota Extension; Dung Mao, MA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for “Financial Realities of Low-Income Families: Learning from Front-line Professionals”


Outstanding Symposium Practitioners' Forum Award

This award winner, nominated by the submission reviewers and chosen by a select committee, is a professional who has created an innovative program, resource or partnership that is of great use to the profession. This practitioners' forum is important, timely and highly relevant to the field, and may be easily applied in other counseling or educational settings - providing impact and value to financial professionals.

2016 AFCPE Winner: Dr. Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers University for "Measuring and Reporting the Impact of Financial Education”

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