Candidate for  Board Member At-Large

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Crystal Martinez Smith

Assistant Director

Tarleton State University

TASFAA Activities, including committee service and offices held:

  • Early Awareness Committee member
  • Web and Communication committee member
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness Task force member


Other Professional Association Activities, including committee service and offices held:

  • Leaders for Diversity Conference Presenter-2014
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NAASFA)-active member
  • Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators- active member


Campus Activities:

  • Mental Freedom Organization Presenter-2018
  • Cinco de Mayo Recruitment Presenter-2010
  • TCU Counselors Workshop Presenter-2018



From the Candidate:

I am writing to express my interest in a place on the ballot for the TASFAA Board of Directors. I have served in different capacities throughout my Higher Education career, where my commitment and focus has been on promoting student success and the success in higher education. Throughout my time at Tarleton I have had the opportunity to work in recruitment, which enabled me to assist students with the beginning of their college journey with the intention of graduating in four years.

From the various roles in financial aid I am most passionate about financial literacy. The success of our students is the key component of why I do what I do daily. I continue to strive to be a successful leader, as well as an advocate for students learning more about financial awareness. My goal is to assist students in their college career, along with promoting the importance of higher education. I am able to lead a team of passionate, inspiring financial aid administrators who strive in promoting financial aid to our students. In my current role as Assistant Director of Client Services, and a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Program here at Tarleton State University I hope to have the opportunity to serve on the TASFAA Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you! I would love to be a part of TASFAA in ensuring our success in financial aid is striving in the great state of Texas!