Dr. Megan Luft, interim associate vice president for enrollment management and executive director of admissions at Shippensburg University, received the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association’s (PSCA) Advocate of the Year Award on December 7, 2023 at the 68th Annual PSCA Conference entitled “Being and Belonging,” in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.

“It was a complete surprise to me! I reread the email they sent me saying that I won this award a few times, because I hadn’t known that I was nominated!”Dr. Luft said. 

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association promotes engagement and ethical and contemporary professional identity of school counselors across Pennsylvania to ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students. 

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals or organizations whose advocacy for school counseling has positively impacted school counselors and their programs on a local, state or national level.

Luft has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. When she began recruiting students for Shippensburg University in 2018, she focused on developing impactful relationships through the PSCA.

It was one of those relationships that led to her nomination. Nicole Levis, a school counselor at the Avonworth High School in Pittsburgh, nominated Luft. 

“I am happy to have met Nicole through PSCA and the training that we have been able to  go  to together. She has done amazing work within her school district,” said Luft.

Luft is honored to receive such a prestigious award, but is even more honored to continue to work alongside such professionals.

“Just being able to attend the conference is a great opportunity,” Dr. Luft said.