This award is presented annually by OCPA. As graduate students become more actively involved in creating the future direction of Student Affairs, OCPA has committed to recognizing their professional achievements. OCPA presents The Graduate Student of the Year Award in recognition of the dedication and unlimited energies of a full-time Ohio graduate student, masters or doctoral candidate, in the field of student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.

Past Recipients




 Grabrielle Greer-Jones, John Carroll University
 Adam Schwartz, University of Dayton

2018-19  Meghan Gibbons, Kent State University
2017-18  Victor Javier Rodriguez, The Ohio State University
2016-17  Hannah Bonacci, The Ohio State University
2015-16  Hoa Bui, Miami University
2014-15  Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University
2013-14  Elizabeth Walsh, Miami University
2012-13  Meg Gulick, The Ohio State University
2011-12  Jennifer Skidmore, The Ohio State University
2009-11  Not Awarded
2008-09  Evan Heiser, Kent State University
2007-08  Amie Jackson, Kent State University
2006-07  Lauren Moran, Bowling Green State University and Baldwin Wallace University
2005-06  Rose Ackerman, Bowling Green State University
2004-05  Mary Ann Begley, Bowling Green State University
2003-04  Jennifer Gilbride-Brown, The Ohio State University
2002-03  Janice Gerda, Bowling Green State University
2001-02  Kelly Pero, Ashland University
2000-01  Leighann Poplaski, The Ohio State University
1999-00  Sarah Balas, Bowling Green State University and Ashland University
1998-99  Christopher Bragdon, Baldwin Wallace University
1997-98  Not Awarded
1996-97  Dawn Gorski, The University of Akron
1995-96  Paula Eckard, Ashland University
1994-95  Brian Bruess, Ohio University
1993-94  Alison Black, Ohio University
1992-93  David Riveness, Bowling Green State University
1991-92  Laura E. Giles, The Ohio State University
1990-91  Carol L. Garbarino, Bowling Green State University