Since 2004 the Colorado Conference has made an annual Friend of Higher Education Award to deserving legislators. In 2013-14 the award was renamed the Randy Fischer Friend of Higher Education Award. The roster of award winners is below.

2016 Alan Prendergast (Westword)

2013-14 State Senator John Kefalas

2012-13 Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia

2011-12: Senators Bob Bacon and Rollie Heath

2010-11: No Award Given

2009-10: Senator Chris Romer

2008: Representative Randy Fischer & Senator Steve Johnson

2007: Senator Ken Gordon

2006: Senator Sue Windells

2005: Speaker Andrew Romanoff

2004: Senator Ron Tupa