Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award

Recognizing and honoring excellence in a California High School Counselor

The Arthur S. Marmaduke Award is a $1,500 annual award recognizing one outstanding California high school counselor who demonstrates exemplary skills in helping students fulfill their dreams of going to college. The candidate is nominated by his or her District and County leadership, fellow school counselor/teacher, school principal, or other site administrator. Each year, California Student Aid Commission staff solicits nominations from high schools recommending a California high school counselor who demonstrates effectiveness for serving students in preparing for and pursuing their higher education.

Arthur S. Marmaduke was Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission for 25 years from 1960 to 1985. The award was established in 1985 in his honor as the longest-serving executive director in the history of the commission, which was founded in 1955. Mr. Marmaduke also served as the first President of the National Association of State Grant and Aid Programs.

The Nomination Period for the 2016-17 Award is Now Closed.

Thank you to all who submitted a candidate!
Watch for future updates on the 2017-18 award.


2015-16 Recipient: Jesse Barajas, Jr. (Gridley High School)

Image Jesse Barajas Jr 2015-16 Award winner

The winner of the 2015-16 Arthur S. Marmaduke Award was Mr. Jesse Barajas, Jr. of Gridley High School in the Gridley Unified School District located in Butte County. Gridley High School is in a small rural town community that has a strong agricultural base.

Mr. Barajas was nominated by his principal and lifelong friend, Joey Adame. Mr. Barajas has served as a school counselor at Gridley High School for approximately 10 years.

Principal Adame said, “With University and Community College campuses within a 30 mile radius of Gridley High School, Mr. Barajas has taken advantage of his proximity by creating everlasting professional relationships with departments that serve student graduates. He has developed partnerships with programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search, and MESA. In addition, Mr. Barajas has implemented numerous financial aid workshops for parents and students using these college resources.” Principal Adame continued, “Mr. Barajas was raised by a proud migrant farm worker family that instilled a hard work ethic, integrity, and compassion. As a School Counselor, he is a champion for kids. He goes far and beyond to ensure our underserved student population begin formulating a positive mindset for postsecondary education. Numerous students have benefited from his efforts.”

Mr. Barajas received the award on June 17, 2016 during a meeting of the California Student Aid Commission. After receiving his award, Mr. Barajas said in his speech “This is not just a Jesse Barajas award, it is an award for the community and the family.” He went on to recognize everyone at Gridley High School saying “It takes a team to go ahead to do something with our kid’s dreams. When they come to us, they do have their dreams intact and it is what we do with them and how you drive those dreams that make them work.”

The California Student Aid Commission offers their heartfelt congratulations to Jesse Barajas, Jr. for his truly outstanding service to the students of Gridley High School and the greater Gridley Community.

Recent Recipients of the Arthur Marmaduke Award:

Year Name School County
2013-2014 Andrea Goodwin Los Angeles High School for the Arts Los Angeles
2012-2013 Warren Popp Keema High School Sacramento
2011-2012 Dr. Dario Villa Montgomery High School San Diego
2010-2011 Lisa R. Golden King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science Los Angeles
2009-2010 Michael Badouin Chino Hills High School San Bernardino

Past Recipients of the Arthur Marmaduke Award:

Year Name Year Name
2008-2009 Twila Rutherford 1996-1997 Douglas R. Mercer
2007-2008 Rebecca Jauregui 1995-1996 Carmen Starr
2006-2007 Robin Sroka 1994-1995 Jean Flores
2005-2006 Sally Pace 1993-1994 John Mandell
2004-2005 Michelle Khayat 1992-1993 Janice Reinstein
2003-2004 Sue Ann Joy 1991-1992 Raymon W. Kirk
2002-2003 Henry Bailey 1990-1991 Jack Wright
2001-2002 Barry T. Baker 1989-1990 Eleanor Richards
2000-2001 Barbara McCune 1988-1989 Enriqueta V. Chavez
1999-2000 Hector Armas 1987-1988 Tony Gelfuso
1998-1999 Linden Beckford 1986-1987 Michael Sullivan
1997-1998 Charlotte Downing 1985-1986 Marcine Landon