Recognizing the great work and innovations happening in financial education, research and practice. Award winners are recognized each November at the AFCPE® Symposium.
AFCPE® Awards’ applications open Summer 2019.
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 who you feel merits our greatest accolades!
AFCPE® “Setting the Standard” Award
Recognize outstanding organizations and turn your thoughts into action!
AFCPE believes in setting the highest standards of professionalism in the field of financial counseling, coaching, and education. We envision a future where all people, regardless of their income or background, have access to highly qualified professionals to achieve lasting financial security.
The AFCPE “Setting the Standard” Award is an opportunity to recognize organizations that have made significant efforts and commitment to the high standards of professionalism that AFCPE has established. Please take the time to make a nomination focused on the organization’s contribution to AFCPE and the personal finance field.
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 committed to educating clients. This award includes $200 and a plaque.
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.
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.
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
2018 Award Winner: David Allen Ammerman and Maurice MacDonald for “Future Orientation and Household Financial Asset Liquidity”
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.
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Outstanding Symposium Research Paper Award
2018 Award Winner: Frank Magwegwe & HanNa Lim, Kansas State University for “Theory of Planned Behavior & Retirement Preparation”
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.
Outstanding Symposium Student Paper Award
2018 Award Winner: Andrew Scott, Juan Gallardo, & Christopher Moore, Kansas State University for “Change in Financial Knowledge Post Peer Financial Counseling”
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.
Outstanding Symposium Poster Award
2018 Winner: Erica Tobe & Robert Weber, Michigan State University Extension for “Does Foreclosure Counseling Matter to Delinquent Homeowners?”
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.
Outstanding Symposium Practitioners’ Forum Award
2018 AFCPE Winner: Lucia Reed & George Reuter, Compass Working Capital for “Delivering Financial Counseling to Families with Low Incomes through the Federal Government’s Largest Wealth-Building Program for Families with Low Incomes”
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.