The Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award is the highest award MASFAA bestows on an individual. Individuals selected to receive the award must have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession and MASFAA’s goals. Their career in the profession and within higher education itself must demonstrate service to fellow professionals, students, and others served by the professional aid administrator. The key criteria for this award are based on significant contributions over a period of time and are not typically given for a single contribution. The recipient must hold regular or associate membership in MASFAA. Past recipients are listed below.