ACCIS Awards

The Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling
ACCIS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards


The Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling

In 2010, the ACCIS Board of Trustees established the Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling, named after our first volunteer executive director, to recognize those whose work enriches our profession and who best embody the principles of the ACCIS Mission Statement. Each year, the Board seeks nominations from the membership and selects a recipient for this Award, to be presented at the Association's General Membership meeting.

Mission Statement:
The Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) supports our members as school leaders who guide students and their families through the college admission process. ACCIS provides professional development, mentorship, and thought leadership to promote ethical and student-centered educational policies and practices.


Past Recipients of the Marty Elkins Award:

2021 Brennan Barnard, Derryfield School, NH
2020 Rhody Davis, Viewpoint School, CA
2019 Marie Bigham, ACCEPT
2018 Gabrielle McColgan, Castilleja School, CA
2017 Nancy Beane, The Westminster Schools, GA
2016 Sam Moss, Darlington School, GA
2015 Steve Soud, The Bolles School, FL
2014 Jenny Byers, The Harpeth Hall School, TN; 
          Betsy Dolan, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
2013 Marcia Hunt, Pine Crest School, FL
2012 Ed Graf, Isidore Newman School, LA
2011 Burke Rogers, St. George's School, RI
2010 Marty Elkins, The New Hampton School, NH


ACCIS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards

In 2021, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the ACCIS Board established two Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards to recognize members of our ACCIS community who have committed to the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Each year, the DEI Committee seeks nominations from the membership and selects recipients for these Awards, to be presented at the Association's General Membership meeting.

The DEI Rising Star Award is intended for a member with fewer than five years of college counseling experience; growing visibility within the school/community/ACCIS/NACAC/regional ACAC in DEI work; and demonstrated ability to challenge the normative culture within their respective community to create greater equity.

The DEI Champion Award is intended for a member with more than five years of college counseling experience; has engaged in DEI initiatives in their school community and beyond the institutional level; is visible in DEI work in ACCIS/regional ACAC/NACAC/school/community; has demonstrated a deep understanding of, and commitment to, DEI work as an educator.


Past Recipients of the DE&I Champion Award:

2021 Frank Cabrera, Brooklyn Friends School
          Elizabeth Pili, Spence School