Award Opportunities

Torch Awards Program

The Business Professionals of America’s Torch Awards Program is designed to promote professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth. Students complete activities in the seven Torch categories–Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism–then log their activities in an online Torch Résumé.

New Mexico Business Cup

Want to be recognized as the outstanding BPA chapter in the state? Any active Middle Level or High School BPA chapter is eligible to participate.  Winning chapter will receive a NMAA banner to hang in their school.

Pin Design Contest 

At the BPA National Conference, students from across the nation trade lapel pins in order to promote camaraderie between the state delegations and highlight their state’s uniqueness. Any student is eligible to enter this contest.
Deadline: November 10th
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National BPA Opportunities

BPA Cares Program

A BPA chapter aligned with the goals and mission of Business Professional of America is concerned with service. Business Professionals of America recommends chapters become involved in one or more of the BPA Cares programs it offers. Participation in this program means that members are engaging in worthwhile projects while having the opportunity to receive recognition from the national organization.

Quality Chapter Distinction

The Quality Chapter Distinction Award is designed to recognized chapters who have met the requirements of being actively involved in Business Professionals of America. These chapter have planned programs, an approved budget, elected officers and more.

Student of the Year

To recognize those students who have made significant contributions to Business Professionals of America as a student member.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Business Professionals of America local chapters and members do more than prepare for successful careers. When it comes to serving the community, BPA members are on the front lines, pouring thousands of hours into making their community and world a better place.
Officially, Business Professionals of America encourages and recognizes these efforts through a variety of programs. The Torch Awards program, the Service Learning Individual award, the Special Olympics, Community Service, Environmental Action/Awareness and Safety Awareness awards all help our members and chapters identify areas of need and take action to improve their community.

Business Professionals of America and its members will continue to lead the way in this area. We are proud to announce that Business Professionals of America has been selected and approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a national award created by the White House. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.


New Mexico Activities Association Foundation Scholarship


BPA National Scholarships 


Wanda Harriman Memorial Scholarship-DUE February!

This Scholarship is awarded as a memorial to Wanda Harriman and is sponsored by the Business Professionals of America chapters of New Mexico as a means of assisting deserving and able students who will attend an institution of higher learning. Wanda Harriman took great strides in creating a uniform system of instruction and was an extremely organized individual dedicated to making vocational education programs better. Wanda was keenly interested in working with students and devoted great energy to this goal through working with student organizations.

Professional Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

1973–Bob Gordon, State Supervisor, New Mexico Department of Education
1974–Jim Finical, Teacher Educator, New Mexico

Outstanding Service Award

1978-Robbie Knoy, Local Advisor, New Mexico OEA
1981-Maxine Van Court,Local Advisor, New Mexico OEA
2003-Marjorie Gillespie, Former New Mexico State Career/Technical Education Supervisor
2010-Brian Gurule, New Mexico local advisor, CEAC representative