(at left) Andrea Mainelli, senior vice president for the College Board's Region and Account Services, congratulates LaQuana Price after presenting her the Board's Edward B. Wall Award in College Counseling-Admission.
The College Board has named LaQuana Price, assistant director of admissions and enrollment management at Eastern, as the 2012 recipient of its Edward B. Wall Award in College Counseling-Admission. The award, presented to Price on Jan. 31 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel during the Regional Awards Luncheon of the 2012 New England Regional Forum, recognizes the service and leadership of a college admission professional in the College Board's New England Regional Assembly who mentors and supports the professional development of new college admission counselors and advisors and advances the mission of the College Board.
"I am truly honored and humbled to be the 2012 recipient of the Edward B. Wall Award," said Price. "This award came as a complete shock to me. I have a passion for promoting and providing access to quality educational experiences. What I do is not for the recognition, but for the joy of knowing that I have helped someone get one step closer to realizing their future goals and dreams of higher education."
Rhona Free, vice president of academic affairs, nominated Price for the award. Price began serving as assistant director of admissions at Eastern in 2006. She travels across the state and region to recruit students; reviews freshman and transfer student applications each year; advises students on major requirements and prerequisites; and sets up and hosts group tours and information sessions for inner-city high school students.
Price also created and implemented an annual early college awareness program for students in grades 5-9; works closely with guidance counselors, outside agencies and parents and students to promote educational access and awareness; and works closely with Eastern's STEP/CAP program and Office of Financial Aid. In addition, she sits on the University's Minority Recruitment and Mentoring and Diversity and Justice Committees; and serves as a mentor for the University's award-winning Dual Enrollment Initiative.