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. 

2018 awardee: Bobby Browning - Colorado State University