Awards & Scholarships
NYSASBO offers a number of Awards and Scholarships awarded annually at the Annual Conference to recognize the achievements of NYSASBO members. Information about each award or scholarship can be found below.
All NYSASBO members who have had articles published in The Reporter during the calendar year immediately prior to the next Annual Conference are automatically nominated for the Dr. Joan Colvin Starfish Award. No application is required.
Unless otherwise noted, the NYSASBO Awards and Scholarship Review Committee will review all applications or nominations in mid-March. Applicants and nominees will be notified of the Committee’s decision by the end of March.
All awards and scholarships will be presented at the NYSASBO Annual Conference in June. Award and scholarship recipients and their immediate families will be offered one room for either the night before or the night after the award presentation, tickets to the luncheon on the day of the award presentation and mileage reimbursement, if the award recipient is not already registered for the conference.
Outstanding SBO of the Year Award
Awarded to a school business official that has demonstrated excellence in the performance of their duties and responsibilities to their school district and community. The recipient’s school district will receive a $1,000 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc.
Sponsored by J.J. Stanis & Company
2017 Recipient: Suzanne Slack, Chief Financial Officer, Syracuse City SD
2016 Recipient: Fred Seiler, White Plains City SD
2015 Recipient: Terry Sweet, Letchworth CSD
2014 Recipient: Lawrence Edson, Jr., East Greenbush CSD
Outstanding Superintendent of the Year Award
Awarded to a superintendent who has demonstrated exceptional support and appreciation for the role of the school business official and their contributions to a well-run school district. The recipient’s school district will receive a $1,000 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc.
Sponsored by Valley National Bank
2017 Recipient: Dr. Michael Vallely, Superintendent of Schools, Lancaster CSD
2016 Recipient: Kishore Kuncham, Freeport Public Schools
2015 Recipient: Clark Godshall, Orleans Niagara BOCES
2014 Recipient: Hank Grishman, Jericho UFSD
Outstanding School Board Member of the Year Award
Awarded to a school board member who has demonstrated support and appreciation for the role of the school business official and their contributions to a well-run school district. The recipient’s school district will receive a $1,000 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc
Sponsored by R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP
2017 Recipient: Christine Turner, Board of Education Vice President, Herricks UFSD
2016 Recipient: Ryan Riefler, Marcellus CSD
2015 Recipient: Amy Beyer, North Shore CSD
2014 Recipient: Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy, Roslyn UFSD
Advocate of the Year Award
Awarded to an individual, organization or company that has demonstrated a deep and lasting commitment to advocating on behalf of public schools and an understanding or appreciation of school fiscal issues.
Sponsored by NYSASBO
2017 Recipient: Carlos Ramirez, Manager Smart Schools Bond/Account Manager, Lower Hudson RIC
2016 Recipient: Lisa Ryan, Monroe I BOCES
2015 Recipient: James C. Dawson, NYS Board of Regents
2014 Recipient: Lisa Rudley, Ossining UFSD
Philip B. Fredenburg Memorial Award for Outstanding Service
Awarded to an individual whose service and contributions over their long career had a positive impact on the Association, its members and the entire profession. The recipient’s school district will receive a $1,000 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc
Sponsored by New York Liquid Asset Fund (NYLAF)
2017 Recipient: TBA at Awards Luncheon, June 5
2016 Recipient: Michele Levings, Questar III BOCES
2015 Recipient: Meredith Brosnan, Valley Stream UFSD
2014 Recipient: Joseph Eberle, Jr., Jefferson CSD
2013 Recipient: Dr. Steven Ayers, Hilton CSD
2012 Recipient: Carl Fraser, East Islip City SD
2011 Recipient: Margaret Boice, Ithaca City SD
2010 Recipient: Joseph Dragone, Roslyn UFSD
New SBO Leader of the Year Award
Awarded to an up and coming member of a school business office who has demonstrated leadership potential, a high degree of professional integrity and competence, and who serves as a role model for others in the profession. The recipient’s school district will receive a $750 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc.
Sponsored by The Segal Company
2017 Recipient: Scott Whittemore, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Queensbury UFSD
2016 Recipient: Andrew Lennon, Mt. Pleasant CSD
2015 Recipient: Donald Keegan, North Syracuse CSD
2014 Recipient: Elisa Pellati, Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD
Dr. Joan Colvin Starfish Award
The award is named for and partly funded by Dr. Joan Colvin, 2000-2001 NYSASBO Past-President. The award was created to recognize an Active/Institutional/SBO Staff member of the Association who has been determined by the membership to have “made a difference” through submission of a written piece that was shared with members in the prior calendar year. The recipient of this award receives $250. In addition, a $1,000 student scholarship is generously donated by Dr. Joan Colvin.
Sponsored in part by Joan Colvin & NYSASBO
Nominations/Applications are automatically initiated by the submission and publication of an original article in The Reporter, NewsWire, or NYSASBO Website during a calendar year.
2017 Recipient: Richard Cunningham, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD
2016 Recipient: Ann Lierow, Greenwood Lake UFSD
2015 Recipient: Lyn Derway, Brunswick CSD
2014 Recipient: Daniel Pacos, Lake Shore CSD
2013 Recipient: Kurt Jaeger, Saratoga Springs City SD
2012 Recipient: Kurt Jaeger, Saratoga Springs City SD
2011 Recipient: Dr. Jennifer Bolton Carls, Otsego/Northern Catskills BOCES
2010 Recipient: Kurt Jaeger, Saratoga Springs City SD
George A. Perry Volunteer Service Award
The award is named for George A. Perry, NYSASBO Executive Director from 1992-2006 to recognize a member who demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and commitment to the Association and/or its Chapters. The recipient’s school district will receive a $750 donation in their name for use to purchase equipment, offer a scholarship, etc.
Sponsored by New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR)
2017 Recipient: Lynn Chase, Director of Management Services, ONC BOCES
2016 Recipient: Sherri Fisher, South Colonie CSD
2015 Recipient: Gregory Carlson, Byram Hills CSD
2014 Recipient: Michael Vespi, Fayetteville-Manlius CSD
2013 Recipient: Fred Seiler, White Plains City SD
2012 Recipient: Anthony Cedrone, Carle Place UFSD
2011 Recipient: Meredith Brosnan, Valley Stream #13
2010 Recipient: Frank Fiumano, Baldwin Public Schools (posthumous)
Past Presidents Scholarship
The scholarship was established by C. Thomas Cummings, 1998-1999 NYSASBO Past-President and is funded by the donations of past presidents to provide financial assistance to a member enrolled full-time in a SDBL program. The recipient receives $1500.
Sponsored in part by Past Presidents and NYSASBO
2017 Recipient: Terry Hasseler, Business Administrator, Caledonia-Mumford CSD
2016 Recipient: Cora Miligy, Fulton City SD
2015 Recipient: Meaghan Matuszak, Gowanda CSD
2014 Recipient: Lorine Van Put-Lamerand, Liberty CSD
2013 Recipient: Cybil Montague Howard, Taconic Hills CSD
2012 Recipient: Diane Castonguay, Jericho UFSD
2011 Recipient: Lynn Chase, Otsego/Northern Catskills BOCES
2010 Recipient: Michael Retzlaff, Springville-Griffith Institute CSD
Education Summit Scholarship Fund
In 2015, NYSASBO created the Education Summit Scholarship Fund to give new School Business Officials (or active/institutional/SBO staff members who have not attended the conference in the past three years or if their school district budget was defeated the previous year) the opportunity to attend the conference. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration and hotel.
The purpose of this new Scholarship Fund is to address the main reason (budgetary constraints) that school business office staff cannot attend the Education Summit and Expo. Recipients will also be invited to attend the Past Presidents and Future Leaders Reception on Sunday at the conference to mix and mingle with other recipients, fund sponsors, and the association's leaders.
If you are interested in applying for the Education Summit Scholarship, please fill out the application form and tell us why you have not attended in the past and why you wish to attend this year.
Selections for these scholarships will be made by April 15. Application Deadline: April 21.