SUNY Canton Financial Aid Professionals Win State Awards


Two members of the SUNY Canton Financial Aid Office have received awards from the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA).

Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper received the annual NYSFAAA Founders Service Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and service, and Senior Staff Assistant Courtney A. Rust received the association’s Region 8 Rising Star Award.

Kerrie Cooper and Courtney Rust

Cooper has been active in NYSFAAA for decades, including serving as its president for two years.

“I was humbled and honored to receive this award as I near retirement,” Cooper said. “My colleagues in the association have also become lifetime friends.”

Cooper has served as the college’s financial aid director since 1992. In 2018, she received SUNY Canton’s President’s Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her efforts to lead the college’s implementation of New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship program.

Rust began working at SUNY Canton in 2017 as a financial aid assistant and was promoted in 2019. As a member of NYSFAAA, she leads an annual week-long training session for new financial aid staff in the region.

“This is a great opportunity for those who are new to financial aid to learn about the most up-to-date policies and practices,” Rust said. 

The Rising Star Award is intended to recognize an emerging leader who demonstrates exceptional growth in contribution to the profession.

NYSFAAA is a volunteer association of financial aid professionals representing institutions of higher education in New York State.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.