January 27, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Joe Paul Case, dean and director of financial aid at Amherst College, has been chosen as a first recipient of the John Monro Memorial Award. The award was created by the College Board in honor of this year's marking of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the College Scholarship Service (CSS). John Monro was one of the founders of CSS and this award recognizes education leaders who have contributed to the CSS and to the financial aid profession, particularly by recruiting talented, needy and underrepresented students for higher education by using need analysis to create access and equity.

At the same meeting, Case was one of 50 recipients of the CSS 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame Award of who made significant contributions to the financial aid profession, awarded to individuals who have, since the founding of CSS in 1954, "made significant contributions to the financial aid profession." Donald "Skip" Routh, Amherst '58 and a former dean of financial aid at the college, was also inducted into the hall of fame.

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. He started his career as director of financial aid at Oklahoma City University (1970-1975) and continued with the College Board as both CSS's associate director (1975-1979) and director of program administration (1979-1981). Case has written and spoken extensively on the importance of need-based aid and has written or contributed to the publishing of the CSS Theory and Computation Manual, The College Cost Book and The Handbook of Student Financial Aid.