August 4, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators presented a Meritorious Achievement Award to Joe Paul Case, dean and director of financial aid at Amherst College, at its recent Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. NASFAA presents Meritorious Achievement Awards to individuals who have made an important contributions to the profession.

In its citation NASFAA noted, Case "has devoted more than 35 years of his career to developing and maintaining the principles of need-based aid. Through his work with the College Board, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and NASFAA, he is one of the principal architects of the current financial aid system. In addition to his participation in the financial aid conversation at the state and national levels, he continues to maintain daily contact with students. He believes that the opportunity to touch students' lives is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of the work he does."

Case, who has been at Amherst since 1981, received a B.A. degree in religion and philosophy from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School.

The NASFAA promotes the professional preparation, effectiveness and mutual support of persons involved in student financial aid administration, working with others in institutions of postsecondary education, government agencies, foundations, private and community organizations and regional and state financial aid associations who are concerned with the support and administration of student financial aid.