Rising Star Award

Like NACAC's Rising Star Award, our award honors individuals that exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college. This award allows us to identify members deserving of this honor and also encourages the honorees to continue their professional development through a membership in PCACAC.


2021 Rising Star

Jonathan Gowin

Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Jonathan Gowin’s rural, first-generation background fuels his passion for student success and led to his active engagement in NACAC’s Rural & Small-Town Special Interest Group. He recently was named an assistant director of admission at Carnegie Mellon University (PA), where he’s focused on collaboration with high school counselors and colleagues across the profession.


2020 Rising Star

This year's awards were presented at our virtual 55th Annual Conference. The selected recipients will be nominated for NACAC's Rising Star Award. Congratulations!

2019 Rising Star

Fatmata Koroma
University of Pittsburgh (Regional DC, MD & VA)

Fatmata Koroma is passionate about the potential of higher education to change lives and has become an important voice within the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). Koroma is constantly striving - often behind the scenes - to contribute to her school, her affiliate, and the profession. Most recently, she helped to launch the Equity Collaborative - an interactive 2019 pre-conference workshop focused on the discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusive practices in college admission and counseling.