Award Opportunities

NEW – Chapter Awards and Recognition – DUE February 1


Chapter of Distinction Award.  Every chapter is encouraged to participate in the Chapter of Distinction award.  There are three award levels, bronze, silver and gold.

Bronze Level – recognizes chapters that have reached a baseline of achievement.

Silver Level – recognizes chapters that go beyond the bronze level.

Gold Level is the highest level, these are our top chapters showing excellence in all areas.

Each level is designed to give chapters a benchmark for success and future improvement, leading to stronger chapters and more prepared students. Chapters that complete the Chapter of Distinction application are eligible to apply for the Business Cup Award.  Both applications are in one form for your convenience.


Business Cup Award Award.  Any chapter that has completed the Chapter of Distinction Award is eligible to apply for the Business Cup Award. This award showcases the exemplary accomplishments of a chapter, including but not limited to, membership growth, community service, leadership development and more.   All applications will be reviewed by a committee and the top chapter will receive the NMAA banner to hang in their school.

BPA Chapter of Distinction and Business Cup Applications

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.

Officer Challenges

Please click on the appropriate link to apply for each Officer Challenge. All challenges are due by January 15, unless otherwise stated.

President’s Challenge
*  More Information coming soon!

VP of Membership’s Challenges
*  Honorary Member
* Guidelines
    * APPLY HERE! 
*  Most Valuable Member
    * Guidelines
    * APPLY HERE! 

VP of Social Media’s Challenge
* NMBPA’s Got Challenge
*  This challenge is conducted through our Instagram at @newmexicobpa. Please check there for dates and events.

VP of Correspondence’s Challenges
*  Torch Award Challenges Winners will be determined from Torch Award Applications submitted to National BPA by February 1.
*  BPA Cares-CARES for the Community!-COMING SOON!

Letters of Love-Service Project

This year, the officer team has adopted the Letters of Love campaign as our Service Project. Members are encouraged to send emails and letters to first responders and military to show their support during the Pandemic.

* Guidelines

National Anthem Contest-State Leadership Conference

We are looking for two NMBPA members to pre-record the National Anthem to start our Virtual State Leadership Conference Opening and Closing Sessions.

All video submissions should be submitted by January 15.

Submit your video HERE.

National BPA Opportunities

BPA Cares Program

A chapter aligned with the goals and mission of Business Professional of America (BPA) that also has a core value of 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.

The BPA Cares Program Webpage

List of Awards

Service Learning Awards
 * Community Service Award
 * Environmental Action/Awareness Award
 * Safety Awareness Award
 * Service Learning Individual Award
 * Special Olympics Award

Special Recognition Awards
* BPA Marketing and Public Relations
* BPA Merit Scholar Award
* Chapter Activities Award of Excellence
* Recruiter of the Year Award
* Membership Explosion Award
* Social Media Award
* The Professional Cup

Professional Awards
* Advisor of the Year Award
* Emerging Advisor of the Year Award
* Emerging Professional of the Year Award
* Student of the Year Award
* Hall of Fame Award
* Outstanding Service Award


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.

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
Email to

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