Apperson Award

The Richard L. Apperson Award, named in honor of PCACAC's first president, is the association's highest honor presented to a PCACAC member.  It is awarded annually to a member whose career embodies the ideals of the association - providing extraordinary service to students, to PCACAC and to the college counseling profession.  

The 2013 Apperson Award winner is Lisa M. Hill, Past President of PCACAC (2007-2008) and Associate Director of Admissions, Goucher College (MD)

 “There aren’t enough words to describe the level of appreciation I feel for being honored as this year’s Apperson recipient.   I am very sorry to not be here today to personally thank all of you for this honor.  I am humbled by this recognition and will forever be grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness.  When Carolyn called me to share the news, I was in shock!   I was thinking me?  I’m still learning and growing.  This is an honor for the pillars of our professional, like Jim, Audrey, Evelyn, (I can go on).  I’m still working on getting to their level!  I am extremely honored to be recognized by an organization and a group of colleagues that I’ve respected and admired since I began my career in admissions 25 years ago. Your support, encouragement and the palpable passion for what you do continue to inspire me.  Like many of you, I, quite simply, LOVE what I do! What a great and noble profession to be a part of.  In addition to my PCACAC family, my Goucher family, colleagues at my previous institutions and family and friends who have nurtured me along the way these many years, I want to offer my thanks to two people who, unbeknownst to them, directed me to the path that has led me here today, my guidance counselor at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, MD, Elizabeth Goodman and Robert Merritt, the then Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.  I am grateful to both of them for taking the time to see something in me when I had no idea what I was supposed to do.  Because they helped me find my place, I continue to honor them by doing the same by taking the time to help students find their place.

 Again, thank you for this honor. I love you all!


PCACAC Apperson Award Winners, 1973-present