The Cynthia Gayles Award is given for outstanding service in the field of college admissions. The recipient must have demonstrated (1) community service in helping students with the admission and financial aid processes and/or promoting access to higher education at Colorado colleges, or (2) an outstanding commitment through active service, leadership and/or involvement in organizations which promote higher education. 

Recipients receive a $1,000 stipend for professional development opportunities or community service endeavors, and their name on a plaque, which will be displayed in the admissions office at the University of Colorado Denver or in the admissions conference room named in Cynthia's honor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Cynthia E. Gayles Award was established in 2007. 

2016
Shanna Pomager, University of Denver

2015
Sharon Simmons, University of Colorado - Denver

2014
Bill Hathaway-Clark, Regis University

2013
Priscilla Gardea, Adams State University

2012
Richard Williams, Ridgeway

2011
Emma Pena-McCleave, Northeastern Junior College

2010
Misti Ruthven, Colorado Department of Higher Education

2009
Barbara Edwards, University of Colorado Denver

2008
Partrick Flores, Johnson and Wales University

2007
Cynthia E. Gayles, University of Colorado Denver (posthumously)