Peers recognize administrator long appreciated by students
Monday, April 3, 2006
Frank E. Loncorich, director of scholarships and financial aid at SCSU, has received the highest award made by the nine-state Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award. The award is bestowed on one person annually for significant contributions over time to the financial aid profession and the association's goals.
The SCSU administrator, who has been helping students with their financial needs for 39 years, heads the office that administers all student grants, loans, scholarships and work study employment programs. During fiscal year 2004-05, approximately 11,000 SCSU students received $75 million in federal, state and institutional funds.
Loncorich has been honored by students with awards from the Minnesota State University Students Association, SCSU Student Government and SCSU Athletics, and earned the Outstanding Contributions to SCSU Minority Students Award and the Partnership Award for Students of Color for Promoting Cultural Diversity.
While president of the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators Loncorich worked with legislators and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop the Shared Responsibility Formula. The formula developed 22 years ago is still used today for awarding need-based grants to students attending Minnesota post-secondary institutions. In 1986 he developed and piloted the decentralized delivery system, now used statewide, for awarding grants to students.