Becky Wilson was inducted Oct. 8 as an Unsung Hero for her 30 years of service in financial aid administration.
Becky Wilson, senior managing director of student financial aid at Texas Tech University, was inducted into the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' (TASFAA) Hall of Fame Oct. 8 in Austin as an unsung hero, an award recognizing a staff member who epitomizes TASFAA and its work.
Wilson, who has worked in student financial aid administration for almost 30 years, said working in financial aid has been rewarding in helping students achieve their goals in higher education.
“It is such an honor to receive this award and also assist and encourage students with their financial aid as they plan for education beyond high school,” she said. “Educating students and families while removing financial barriers is so rewarding as they begin to see the difference a college education will make in their lives. From here, it's possible.”
Wilson began her financial aid career at Lubbock Christian University where she spent 15 years serving in the areas of financial aid and the academic deans and vice president for academic affairs. She joined Texas Tech where she now oversees 50 staff members and more than $300 million annually in federal, state and institutional funds. Wilson has served roles in financial aid from administrative assistant to now as the senior managing director.
Staff members within the student financial aid office say Wilson is the definition of a servant-leader, always positive and motivating, the epitome of an empathetic, caring leader and has a commitment to students that is genuine, treats them as individuals with integrity, relates to each students' needs and goes above and beyond to help them in every possible way.
“Becky has been an innovator for Texas Tech's financial aid and the financial aid industry,” said Helen Carter, associate director of scholarships and financial aid. “She is a highly respected authority on state and federal aid, so her counsel is sought by colleagues across the country. Thousands of Texas Tech students have benefited from her commitment to customer service.
“She is best known for her leadership and integrity. She sets a leadership standard few can actually achieve, yet she leads gracefully and with humor. I wish every person could have the opportunity to have a boss like Becky Wilson. There is no one more deserving of this honor.”
Receiving her bachelor's degree from Lubbock Christian University, Wilson is an active member of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, the Texas Association of Financial Aid Administrators and serves on various committees at Texas Tech and off-campus financial aid venues as well.
Creating a family business, Wilson's husband, Marcus, is the managing director of financial aid at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and her daughter, Tia, was the financial aid director at a regional institution for more than 10 years.
A small reception in the visitor's center of Texas Tech's West Hall will honor Wilson on Tuesday (Oct. 13) after she returns from Austin.
“Ever since I've known her, Becky has always been bubbly and would speak with you with such kindness and concern,” said Nichole Moll, assistant director of financial aid and student loan programs. “As the director of financial aid, these same characteristics are portrayed in her managing traits.
“Becky's door is always open to talk about office issues, concerns or ideas to help processes. Most of all, she shows her appreciation and praise for even the small things a staff member accomplishes. Congratulations, Becky. Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring.”
For more information about the TASFAA and the Financial Aid Hall of Fame, visit the TASFAA website.