What is better than getting to go to RMASFAA? Getting to go to RMASFAA on a scholarship!! I was a lucky and incredibly grateful recipient of a DMCI scholarship to attend the RMASFAA conference this fall in Rapid City, SD and what a great opportunity this was.

I had never attended RMASFAA before this year and I was incredibly excited to not only be a first-time attendee, but also a presenter of a session as part of the RMASFAA Training Committee. The location for this conference couldn’t have been better and spending the first night’s dinner being serenaded by Joe Massman’s beautiful rendition of America’s anthem, while looking out at Mt. Rushmore lit up under the night sky, was truly an experience. Those who set up this whole conference should be proud of the wonderful event they put on and the local and historical experiences they brought to everyone.

Getting to not only learn from peers in my region, but being able to present to them what we worked so hard on in the Training Committee was extremely rewarding. The financial aid community is so willing to learn and open to sharing their own experiences, trials, and even their lunch tables (considering I hardly knew anyone and attended alone). I valued this conference so much more than FSA because being in the same region we tend to face a lot of the same obstacles and it is extremely beneficial to collaborate on solutions.

I would not have been able to attend this conference and develop myself more as a financial aid professional without the DMCI scholarship, so for that, I am extremely thankful.


Ashlee Dutton
Assistant Director of Financial Aid Customer Service/Technology
Pikes Peak Community College

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