Marty Elkins Award

The Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling

In 2010, the ACCIS Board of Trustees established the Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling. The Board’s intent was to honor the first executive director of the Association, Marty Elkins, who was the award’s first recipient, and also to institute a process to recognize those among us whose work enriches our profession and who best embody the principles of the ACCIS Mission Statement. Each year, the Board seeks nominations from the membership and selects a recipient for this Award, to be presented at the Association's General Membership meeting at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference.

Past Recipients of the Marty Elkins Award:

2016 Sam Moss, Darlington School, GA
2015 Steve Soud, The Bolles School, FL
2014 Jenny Byers, The Harpeth Hall School, TN; 
         Betsy Dolan, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
2013 Marcia Hunt, Pine Crest School, FL
2012 Ed Graf, Isidore Newman School, LA
2011 Burke Rogers, St. George's School, RI
2010 Marty Elkins, The New Hampton School, NH

 ACCIS Mission:

ACCIS supports the essential work of college counselors in independent schools by affirming our unique leadership role in educational communities where we serve the young people in our care.

  • Training and resources for independent school college counselors (e.g. Summer Institute, annual meeting, mentorship, newsletters, website)
  • Provide accurate, informative research about national (and international) issues and trends in education (e.g. data collection and survey information)
  • Shape, enhance and inform the educational opportunities in our independent schools
  • Provide professional voice for independent school counselors in the regional, national and global dialogue (e.g. conference presentations, journal articles)
  • Educate internal and external institutional leaders about the particular challenges and opportunities inherent in the educational continuum including the college admission process 
  • Augment the alliance with NACAC and NAIS
  • Reinforce the message: students must be at the core of our work