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Jamie Davis, senior manager of Financial Aid at Columbia College, was recently honored with the prestigious Bob Berger Newcomer Award presented by the Missouri Association of Financial Aid Professionals (MASFAP). The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual new to the financial aid profession, with less than five years of experience in the field. It is presented in honor of the late Bob Berger, former director of Student Financial Aid at Missouri Western State University.


“Jamie is an extremely valuable member of the Columbia College financial aid office,” Robin Elkthunder, assistant director of Financial Aid for the college noted in her nomination of Davis. “She is a wonderful asset to the college, to all the students she’s helped and definitely to MASFAP. Jamie consistently strives to be an excellent leader and she works diligently to ensure her staff are learning federal, state and institutional policies along with professional development.”


Davis, who will serve as the vice president of the MASFAP in 2017, is the first Columbia College employee to receive the award in its 15-year history. She joined the Financial Aid team in 2011.  In her role as senior manager, Davis was charged with developing and evaluating staff performance and providing initial and continuous training for staff and peers. Davis also assists with applying federal, state and institutional aid to award students under Title IV regulations, works to initiate changes in policies and procedures and is responsible for maintaining relationships with main campus, online and nationwide students.

‘“This is a tremendous honor and I am very proud to have the opportunity to work with our students and staff on a daily basis.” Davis said. “Individuals in our profession work to make a difference in students’ lives and hope to continue the legacy of Mr. Berger, who was a true pioneer in our field.” 

Prior to joining Columbia College, Davis served as medical student coordinator at the University of Missouri, working with students in community-based physician’s offices throughout the state for the offsite component of the Family Medicine Clerkship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Missouri in 2004 and then received her master’s in Business Administration in Health Management in 2011 from William Woods University.