Debralee Divers

Debralee Divers

BGSU Firelands’ Debralee Divers wins state award

Debralee Divers, director of admissions and financial aid at BGSU Firelands, received the James W. White Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the annual Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference, held May 16-18.

White was the director of financial aid at Muskingum College from 1962-67 and at Oberlin College from 1967-90. The award exemplifies the OASFAA commitment and dedication to serving others.

“It is truly an honor to be given this award. Having known Jim makes it that much more special,” Divers said. “He was and still remains a guiding influence in our financial aid profession. I am honored and humbled to be awarded this recognition, knowing it was named after him.”

“We are all exceptionally proud of Deb Divers and the recognition for the good work she has done in student financial aid,” said Dean James Smith. “Financial aid is incredibly important to students at BGSU Firelands. All the work Deb and her staff have done has certainly helped our students and our enrollment.”

Divers will serve as OASFAA treasurer in 2007-08 and has served a one-year term as treasurer-elect. She is active in her church and community and is the incoming treasurer of the Edison Athletic Boosters. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo.

OASFAA’s nearly 800 members represent colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools, as well as public, private and proprietary schools in Ohio. They also represent lenders, guarantors and service providers in the student loan industry. The organization hosts two conferences and more than 28 training opportunities each year, and is viewed as one of the strongest in the Midwest.

June 11, 2007