FAME's Mila Tappan Receives Award

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 12:16 PM

Mila Tappan, Outreach Representative at the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), has been awarded the Candance Johnson Vinette Award for Distinguished Service by the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) at the organization’s recent MASFAA annual meeting in Rockport.


The award is given periodically to an individual who has made special contributions of energy, spirit and dedication to increase access to higher education for the citizens of Maine, and who has, by example, inspired others to greater professionalism in the financial aid community.  The award is named for the late Candance Johnson Vinette (June 22, 1952 - January 7, 1990), who was an Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Maine at Farmington.  Vinette was a beloved colleague and friend to many and a person who contributed tremendously to the professional and personal lives of those around her.


Tappan recently joined FAME, where she works as an Outreach Representative.  Her areas of responsibility include providing financial aid information and outreach to middle schools, high schools, adult learners and post secondary institutions, as well as providing outreach and support for the Harold Alfond College Challenge.


"We are proud that Mila’s excellent reputation in Maine’s financial aid community has been recognized by MASFAA and congratulate her on this impressive honor,” stated FAME Acting CEO Beth Bordowitz.  “Maine students and FAME are fortunate to have Mila working for us in the fields of outreach and education.  We are particularly pleased that, for the second year in a row, a FAME employee has been honored with this award; Mary Dyer having been last year’s recipient,” she added.


Prior to joining FAME, Tappan worked as an Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Maine, where she was employed for sixteen years.  She was an active member of MASFAA and served as MASFAA President last year.  She also is a long-time member of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA), and is currently serving as chair of the EASFAA Leadership Development Committee.  She has served as a NASFAA trainer and has presented numerous workshops and sessions around the state over the years.  


Tappan graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Public Management.  After concluding graduate work and a teaching assistantship in 1990, she worked for the Maine State Legislature as a Research Assistant in the areas of education, transportation and labor relations.  She currently resides in Bangor with her husband and two children.