Award Opportunities

Chapter Awards and Recognition – DUE February 1

Chapter of Distinction Award.  Every chapter is encouraged to participate in the Chapter of Distinction award.  This award is designed to identify quality CTSO chapters in the state and to help reach the highest level possible.

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-Statesmen Due FEBRUARY 1

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
    • Telling the Tricks! Monthly Virtual Meetings
  • VP of Membership’s Challenges
    • Honorary Member
    • Most Valuable Member
    • Membership Booster
      • Chapter with the highest percentage growth this year will be recognized at the State Leadership Conference.
  • VP of Social Media’s Challenge
  • VP of Correspondence’s Challenges
    • Torch Award Challenges
      • Statesmen Ambassador of the Year
      • Torch Category Top Winners
        • Winners will be determined from Torch Award Applications submitted to National BPA by February 1.
    • Chapter of Distinction Challenge
      • Chapters are challenged to complete the Chapter of Distinction competition listed above.
  • VP of Community Relations/Sponsorships

Luv Michael-Service Project

This year, the officer team has adopted Luv Michael as our Service Project. Members will work with Luv Michael to learn about advocating and more about Autism Awareness.

* To get your chapter set up on the Luv Michael, virtual walk, email
* LuvMichael website

National Anthem Contest-State Leadership Conference

We are looking for two NMBPA members to pre-record the National Anthem to start our 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

  • 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-Due November 10

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.

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Past 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

Honorary Member Award

2019-Mark Clark
2020-Michael Prokop
2021-Kevin Zinc

Most Valuable Member

2020-Kamili Burnett, Carlsbad High School