Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award
Recognizing and honoring excellence in a California High School Counselor
The Arthur S. Marmaduke Award is an annual award recognizing an outstanding California high school counselor who demonstrates exemplary skills in helping students fulfill their dreams of going to college. Each year, the California Student Aid Commission solicits nominations recommending a California high school counselor who demonstrates effectiveness for serving students in preparing for and pursuing their higher education. The candidate may be nominated by his or her District and County leadership, fellow school counselor/teacher, school principal, or another site administrator.
Arthur S. Marmaduke was the Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission for 25 years from 1960 to 1985. 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.
The winner will be chosen by the California Student Aid Commission and announced in the spring of 2019. The award, which includes a plaque and $1500 check will be presented at the awardee’s high school.
The Nomination Period for the 2018-19 Award is Closed
Questions: Please contact Susanne Cieri at firstname.lastname@example.org
To nominate someone who deserves state-wide recognition by his/her peers to be the next Arthur S. Marmaduke Award High School Counselor of the Year Award Winner, review the criteria below and follow the guidelines.
Eligibility for the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award is open to all California high school counselors who meet the following criteria:
- Fully certified and credentialed and work with high school students
- Have been counseling at their current school for at least one school year
- Have been a counselor for at least three years
Candidates for this award need to demonstrate superior skills, dedication, and results in helping students seek and receive financial aid.
Due to the school specific questions on the nomination form and scoring criteria we cannot accept candidates from county offices, Cal-SOAP, or counselors who serve multiple school sites.
1. Complete online nomination form by scanning the QR code or click the link below:
2. Complete and Submit Nomination Form by:
- March 15, 2019
Nomination Form Tips:
- The nominator should be knowledgeable about the school and the counselor being nominated
- When filling out the application, be as specific and detailed as possible
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Scoring & Selection Process
Candidates will be scored based on the following criteria:
- Involvement in financial aid and college events/activities
- Impact on FAFSA/CADAA completion rates (rates over the past 3 years will be considered)
- What they do to help students maintain eligibility and prepare for college
- What they do to support and interact with underrepresented and 1st generation families
- The personal comments from the nominator and the student testimonies
*Bonus Points are possible for those nominees who coordinate/promote Cash for College events*
To evaluate all the nominations, the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) convenes a selection committee consisting of Commission members, a member of the California Department of Education, a high school counselor, and Commission Staff. Using scoring guidelines aligned with the nomination questions, along with consideration for FAFSA/CADAA completion rates, committee members identify the nominations that best address the prompts and distinguish themselves as exemplary.
Once a winner is selected, the Commission will contact both the nominee and the nominator to coordinate a date and location for the award ceremony in April or Early May.
2018-19 Recipient: Meagan Holmes (West High School)
Meagan Holmes, a high school counselor at West High School in Bakersfield, California, has been recognized as the 2018-19 Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award Winner. Mrs. Holmes was raised in Walnut Creek and Chatsworth, California. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara, and earned her master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of LaVerne. Mrs. Holmes began her career as an educator in 1990, where she was hired as a Social Studies teacher at West High School in Bakersfield, California. In her 14 years at West High School, she has become an integral part of the school’s mission to prepare students for college.
Mrs. Holmes was presented with the award on May 29, 2019, at a ceremony which included a joint California Senate and Assembly resolution; a commemorative plaque, and a cash prize of $1,500.00 sponsored by the Education Credit Management Corporation (ECMC). Honored guests in attendance were Senator Shannon Groves (R – Bakersfield), Assemblymember Vince Fong (R – Bakersfield), along with the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) Commissioners, Juanita Doplemore, and Alejandro Lomeli.
Mrs. Holmes was nominated by West High’s Vice Principle, Ryan Coleman. Mrs. Holmes was surprised that she was receiving an award during the senior assembly. Mr. Coleman celebrated several of Mrs. Holmes’ achievements at West High such as:
- Developing a program to help feeder schools improve their West High School A-G requirements – an improvement from 17% to 29% in an 11-year span;
- Organizing two annual Cash for College events, in collaboration with CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield College, Taft Community College, and Cal – SOAP;
- Assisting in establishing West High’s College signing party;
- Implementing lessons for AVID classes on topics such as: College and Career Readiness, Financial Aid, and information about the CSU and UC systems. These events target students who are on track to be first generation college students.
“Having such talented high school counselors in California makes the selection difficult. Every counselor is deserving of recognition for their hard work. This year, the Commission has selected Mrs. Meagan Holmes. We have heard from her colleagues and the students she serves, and we can see her impact on the Bakersfield community. The Commission knows that she is the right recipient this year,” said Marlene. L. Garcia, Executive Director of the Commission.
Mrs. Holmes spoke with conviction to the seniors of West High School. Her eyes welled with tears as she received her award and addressed the 2019 senior class. “I just love kids, I love my job and I’m passionate about first generation students going to college,” she said. “I advocate for children and their families, especially those who are undocumented, she continued.
The Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award nominations are sought annually by the Commission and named after the first and longest serving Executive Director of the Commission, Arthur S. Marmaduke. He served the Commission for 25 years from 1960 to 1985 and the award was established in 1985 to carry on his legacy of “making education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.”
Past Recipients of the Arthur Marmaduke Award
|2017-2018||Beau Menchaca||Century High School||Santa Ana|
|2016-2017||Lynda McGee||Downtown Magnets High School||Los Angeles|
|2015-2016||Jesse Barajas, Jr.||Gridley High School||Butte|
|2013-2014||Andrea Goodwin||Los Angeles High School for the Arts||Los Angeles|
|2012-2013||Warren Popp||Keema High School||Sacramento|
|2011-2012||Dr. Dario Villa||Montgomery High School||San Diego|
|2010-2011||Lisa R. Golden||King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science||Los Angeles|
|2009-2010||Michael Badouin||Chino Hills High School||San Bernardino|
|2008-2009||Twila Rutherford||Fort Bragg High School||Rancho Cordova|
|2007-2008||Rebecca Jauregui||Lodi High School||Lodi|
|2006-2007||Robin Sroka||Woodrow Wilson Classical High School||Long Beach|
|2005-2006||Sally Pace||Woodlake High School||Woodlake|
|2004-2005||Michelle Khayat||Valley High School||Sacramento|
|2003-2004||Sue Ann Joy||San Rafael High School||San Rafael|
|2001-2002||Barry T. Baker|
|1996-1997||Douglas R. Mercer|
|1991-1992||Raymon W. Kirk|
|1988-1989||Enriqueta V. Chavez|