Special Recognition & Scholarships

AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL BPA 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 .  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
Past Winners

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.

PIN DESIGN

Each year, NMBPA lets their members design our trading pin for the National Leadership Conference.

OFFICER CHALLENGES

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

  • State Merit Scholar
    • Our Member Challenge will be the Merit Scholar Test at the State Level. Members will have the opportunity to take the Merit Scholar Test at the State Level. The member with the highest score and fastest time will receive a plaque. Members that reach a certain level will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

      We will host monthly Zoom Meetings to go over items for the test at State.

      Tentative Zoom Meeting Dates

      • October 13-Intro of Officer Challenge-Show BPA Fact Sheet-Basic BPA Facts
      • November 17-Advanced BPA Facts
      • December 1-NMBPA Facts
      • January 19-Super Review Kahoot
  • Chapter Scrapbook Challenge
    • Our Chapter Challenge will bring back the Scrapbook Challenge! Scrapbooks will be displayed during the Campaign Rally and Voting Delegates from each chapter will vote on their favorite when they place their votes for officers.
    • Guidelines and Details
  • Honorary Member
    • Do you know a community member or staff member that has supported your local BPA Chapter? Make sure to nominate them for Honorary Member! Applications will be due in January and the winner will be announced at SLC.
    • Guidelines and Details
  • Most Valuable Member/Member  of  the  Year
    • Advisors, do you have a BPA Member that goes above and beyond for your chapter? Nominate them for NMBPA Member of the Year to be recognized at SLC!
    • Guidelines and Details
  • Torch Award Challenges
    • Remember that the member that earns the most Torch Award points by state will be recognized on stage. Also, each member that earns the most points in each category will be honored! Get those Torch Awards turned in!
    • Statesmen Ambassador of the Year
    • Torch Category Top Winners
      • Winners will be determined from Torch Award Applications submitted to National BPA by February 1.

SERVICE PROJECT

Ribbons for a Cause

We are excited to bring back our name tag ribbons to raise money for a cause.

During state, we will sell $1 ribbons that can be added to members’ name tags and the proceeds will be donated to Soldiers' Angels.

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.

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

Email to sarah.kinlund@enmu.edu

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
2022-Kenya Neri, Carlsbad High School

CONTACT INFORMATION

Christine Phipps
State Advisor
Christine.phipps@enmu.edu
(575) 562-4729

State Executive Council Coordinator
Leslie Ferris
lesliedannferris@yahoo.com