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2016 ACHE Scholarship & Award Winners Announced!

September 15, 2016 6:19 PM | Anonymous


Each year, ACHE funds grants, scholarships, and awards that encourage research, educational attainment, and professional development. Like most years, recipients of the ACHE scholarships and awards for 2016 are some of the best and brightest minds in our field. Please help us celebrate the 14 deserving individuals who will receive recognition for their excellent work at the ACHE 2016 Conference & Meeting!

Individual Awards

Leadership Award


Rick Osborn

Dean of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Research, East Tennessee State University

The Leadership Award is the highest award presented by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory, and practice in continuing higher education.

Meritorious Service Award


Brian Cole

Director of Research, Development, and Assessment, Grand Valley State University

The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership, performance, and service to continuing higher education at their own institution and within the Association.


Emeritus Service Award


David Stewart

Associate Dean, Kansas State University Global Campus

This award provides recognition to Association members upon their official retirements from their major continuing education roles at their institutions.



Rising Star Award

The Rising Star award recognizes an individual new to continuing education who has either developed or extended an outstanding program or division within a CE unit, or conducted research or published on a top that has enhanced or advanced the field. This year’s Rising Star Award goes to two recipients, Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson and Vyacheslav Khrapak.


Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson

Program Coordinator, Kansas State University Global Campus





Vyacheslav Khrapak

Associate Enrollment Counselor, Colorado State University – Global Campus




Outstanding Communication Awards

Crystal Marketing Award

Sarah Billingsley, Sharon Ito

Summer Academies for High School Students, College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State

The Crystal Marketing Award recognizes an ACHE institution that achieves significant results from a marketing communications tool through a print, broadcast or electronic medium.

Scholarships and Grants

Graduate Student Conference Grant


Beth Romanski

Capella University

The ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant provides financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The Association members believe that their interest and future contributions to the field of continuing higher education will help maintain the vitality of the organization.

Institutional Minigrant

Dawn Nolan

The Center for Workforce Development, Nassau Community College

The Institutional Minigrant helps support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the delivery of continuing education.

Memorial Staff Development Grant


Misty Engelbrecht

Rose State College

The Memorial Staff Development Grant helps CE staff members attend an ACHE professional development event to further their professional development growth and hone their skills.


Alex Charters Research Grant


Sherry Chance

Undergraduate Adult Learners’ Perceptions of Blended Learning Classes, Tulane University

The ACHE Alex Charters Research Grant promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education.


Program Awards

Creative Use of Technology Award

Kate Kearney and Angela Tekely

Team, Talk & Text Program, Immaculata University

The Creative Use of Technology award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning.

Distinguished Credit Program Award

Susan Elkins, Alice Taylor-Colbert

Palmetto College: The Dream Realized, University of South Carolina/Palmetto College

Distinguished Credit Program Awards recognize an outstanding credit program. To be eligible, the credit program must have been in existence for two or more years.

Distinguished Non-credit Program Award

Mike Pugliese, Rylee Ketcher

Crime Scene Investigator Program, Northeastern State University

Distinguished Non-credit Program Awards recognize an outstanding non-credit program. To be eligible, the credit program must have been in existence for one or more years.

Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations Award

Linda Teener, Rosanna Vail

Project EXCELL: UFM Community Learning Center, Kansas State University Global Campus

This award recognizes ACHE members for innovative lifelong learning programs that demonstrate outstanding service to underserved populations.



Help Us Plan for ACHE 2017

These scholarships are made possible through the generous contributions of our ACHE membership. Those interested in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of continuing education professionals are encouraged to please take part in one or both of our fundraising initiatives. Donations are invited online through our grants and scholarships page, or in person at this year’s conference at one of our exciting fun’raising tours.

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