Sacramento, CA (2014) - The California Student Aid Commission is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Arthur S. Marmaduke Award is Ms. Andrea Goodwin of Los Angeles High School for the Arts at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools located at 701 S. Catalina Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005. This is the 28th annual award, which goes to one outstanding California high school counselor who has demonstrated exemplary skills in helping students fulfill their dreams of going to college.
Ms. Goodwin was nominated by her principal, Susan Conjura, who said, “Andrea’s most amazing quality is her ability to connect with the students and help them realize their own potential.”
“This prestigious award was established by the Commission in 1985 to annually recognize one high school counselor who has demonstrated superior skills, dedication, and results helping students seek and receive college financial aid,” said Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission. “This award acknowledges commitment to assisting students in gaining access to postsecondary education.”
Through diligence, commitment, attention to detail, and her willingness to travel the extra miles for students, Ms. Goodwin’s achievements include:
Helping students write “Graduation Plans” to ensure as many students as possible complete A-G college entrance requirements, then monitoring the implementation and progress of the graduation and post-secondary plan for all seniors;
Attaining a 95% rate of Free Application for Federal Student Aid/California Dream Act Application completion among graduating seniors, thereby maximizing students’ access to federal, state, and institutional financial student aid for college;
Developing and offering after-school and evening bilingual workshops for parents and students about General College Knowledge, the Basics of A-G, How to Choose a College Major, Take an Interest Inventory, Conduct a College Search, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) Registration, University of California and California State University Application workshops, and Understanding your Award Letter;
According to Cathy Kwan, a colleague of Andrea’s, “she works tirelessly to improve and promote a college-going culture on our campus. She is an active member of the California Association of School Counselors, and I can find no one more deserving of the Marmaduke Outstanding High School Counselor Award than Andrea Goodwin.”
Marmaduke Award nominations were evaluated through an established review and selection process by members of the California Student Aid Commission. Arthur S. Marmaduke was executive director of the California Student Aid Commission for 25 years from 1960 to 1985. He had a passion for helping students reach college. The award was established in 1985 in his honor as the longest-serving executive director in the history of the Commission, which was founded in 1955. Mr. Marmaduke also served as the first President of the National Association of State Grant and Aid Programs. He died in 2005 of Parkinson's disease.
For more information, contact Patti Colston at (916) 206-1285. Photographs are available.
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