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AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

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CCME AWARDS INFORMATION

The CCME president presents several awards during the CCME annual symposium luncheon, recognizing outstanding contributions and accomplishments of those supporting education among the military community. The CCME Executive Board is extending an invitation to award recipients to attend the CCME 2021 awards luncheon. The individual that nominated the award recipient in each category will receive a one-year free individual membership or $50.00 credit toward a corporate membership for the next fiscal year.


Nomination Process

 

The Awards Committee will accept electronic nominations for the 2021 CCME Symposium starting on September 15, 2020 through December 18, 2020. Notifications to award recipients will be sent via email no later than January 18, 2021. 

 

 

Awards and Criteria

John Brian Service and Leadership Award
John Brian was the Education Director at Norton AFB for many years. He was a member of CCMEA (California Colleges and Military Educators Association) when it was an organization only for military and civilian educators serving the military in California. John was instrumental in getting the organization to broaden its scope and change its name. He served as President 1977-1978. The John Brian Service and Leadership Award is provided to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be an employee of any branch of the United States Armed Services and must be directly involved in the delivery of voluntary off-duty education programs on a military installation.

  • The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may seek a written recommendation from the nominee's commanding officer or department head.

  • The nominee must have worked at least two years at the office level as an education services officer, education specialist, education counselor, or education technician.

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in providing quality voluntary off-duty education programs at his/her military installation.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

William E. Kennedy Award
William Kennedy was Vice President and Head of Chapman College's (now Chapman University), regional education centers. Bill was one of the early pioneers in developing and implementing college degree programs at extension campus sites. Bill was a national advocate and avid supporter of the voluntary education program and was instrumental in founding the CCMEA (California Colleges and Military Educators Association) which later became CCME and served as the first elected President of the association. Sometime after Bill's death in 1985 the William Kennedy Award was established in his honor. The William E. Kennedy Award is given to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be an employee of an institution offering a program of instruction at one or more military installations.

  • The program of instruction offered by the employing institution must be governed by the provisions of voluntary off-duty educations programs.

  • In addition, at their discretion, the Awards Committee may seek a written recommendation from the President, Vice-President, or Dean from the nominee's educational institution.

  • The nominee has been employed directly in the promotion and delivery of voluntary off-duty education programs for a period of at least three years.

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in the delivery of quality programs to military installations.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

CCME Corporate Award
The CCME Corporate Award is presented to an organization in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education. The recipient should be a corporation (profit or not-for-profit) that supplies quality education products or services to the armed services. The Corporate Award is provided to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be an organization directly involved in the support of voluntary off-duty education to the armed forces.

  • The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may seek a written recommendation from the nominee's institutional leader (president, CEO, etc.).

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's organizational accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in supporting quality voluntary off-duty education to the armed services.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

 

CCME Institution Award
The CCME Institution Award is presented to a higher education institution in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education. The recipient will be a college or university that supplies quality education programs to the armed services. The Institution Award is provided to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be an institution directly involved in the support of voluntary off-duty education to the armed forces.

  • The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may seek a written recommendation from the nominee's institutional leader (president, provost, dean, etc.).

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's organizational accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in supporting quality voluntary off-duty education to the armed services.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

Barry Cobb Government Organization Award
This award recognizes the outstanding contributions that government entities make to military education in honor of Dr. Barry Cobb who retired after serving as Director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) from 1981-2005. Dr. Cobb reflected on his government career saying, "We should all feel a strong sense of accomplishment for our efforts to provide educational opportunities to the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. I know our work has changed lives and provided so many individuals a chance to grow personally and professionally." The Barry Cobb Government Organization Award is provided to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be a government organization directly involved in the delivery of voluntary off-duty education programs to the military.

  • The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may seek a written recommendation from the nominee's government agency (director, president, etc.).

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in providing quality voluntary off-duty education programs or services.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

 

Gary A. Woods Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) Award
The CCME Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) Award is presented to an ACME in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military and/or veteran education. ACMEs strive to promote, support, and deliver the highest quality education in their respective states/regions within all branches of the Armed Services by encouraging educational institutions to be innovative and flexible in meeting the needs of their Military & Veteran students. The CCME ACME Award is provided to a nominee meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee should be a state or regional ACME officially formed and operating at the time of nomination.

  • The Awards Committee and CCME ACME Liaison shall ascertain that the ACME's accomplishments and service are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and leadership in promoting, supporting, and/or delivering quality education programs and services for our Armed Services members, Veterans, and their families.

  • If a nominee has been the recipient of any CCME Award in the past 5 years they are deemed an ineligible nominee.

CCME Community Partnership Award   NEW
The CCME Community Partnership award is presented to organizations that have established unique relationships, programs, and services that positively impact the personal and professional development of our Service members, Veterans, and their families. Recipients will have demonstrated how they have contributed to the academic and career growth of our Service members, Veterans, and their families through a project or partnership that promotes transition readiness and employment.

  • The nominees must be organizations that are directly involved in the support and/or delivery of voluntary off-duty education programs to the military.

  • The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may seek a written recommendation from the nominee's leadership entity (director, president, CEO, etc.).

  • The Awards Committee shall ascertain that the nominee's accomplishments are deserving of the award, and that these accomplishments demonstrate the nominee's dedication and contributions to the academic and career growth of our Service members, Veterans, and their families.

 

Questions can be directed to the CCME Awards Chair at awards@ccmeonline.org 

 
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CCME AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

John Brian Service and Leadership Award
Outstanding service to the voluntary education community by a government employee.

2020 Recipient: Deborah Marconda – Education Section Head, Leadership Scholar Program Manager, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps

2019 Recipient: Ms. Alva Anthony – Chief, Force Development (Education & Training)

2018 Recipient: Mr. Bart MacMillan - Education and Career Specialist, USMC, Henderson Hall
2017 Recipient: Mr. Peter Harris, Education Chief, John A. Lejeune Education Center, MCCS Lejeune-New River
2016 Recipients: Sam Bagwell, US Marine Corps and Phil Cataquiz, US Navy
2015 Recipient: Rosalee "Sally" Lambert
2014 Recipient: William Garcia
2013 Recipient: Donna Duellburg
2012 Recipient: Ann Hunter, Chief USN Education
2011 Recipient: Mariver "Ivy" Castro
2010 Recipient: Major Troy M. Gipps
2009 Recipient: Dawn A. Bilodeau
2008 Recipient: Jonell Calloway

 

William E. Kennedy Award
Outstanding dedication and leadership in the delivery of quality programs to military installations and/or individuals.

2018 Recipient: Mr. Robert Wells - Military Science Coordinator, Texas A&M University - Central Texas
2017 Recipient: Pamela Washington, Park University, Henderson Hall Campus
2016 Recipient: Jim Yeonopolus, Central Texas College
2015 Recipient: James McDonough
2013 Recipient: Kirsten Savage
2011 Co-Recipients: Dr. Cheryl Polson and Susan Dewan
2010 Recipient: Richard W. Carter
2009 Recipient: Randy Wright
2008 Recipient: William “Bud” Hayes, Jr.

 

CCME Corporate Award
Presented to an organization in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education.

2019 Recipient: Indtai, Inc.

2018 Recipient: BAM Technologies

2017 Recipient: Tutor.com
2015 Recipient: Military Advanced Education (MAE)
2011 Recipient: American Council on Education (ACE)
2010 Recipient: Indtai, Inc.
2009 Recipient: BAM Technologies
2008 Recipient: MBS Direct

 

CCME Institution Award
Presented to a higher education institution in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education.

2020 Recipient: Webster University

2019 Recipient: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2018 Recipient: University of North Carolina - Wilmington
2017 Recipient: Colorado Technical University
2016 Recipient: Troy University
2015 Recipient: Kansas State University
2014 Recipient: Saint Martin's University
2013 Recipient: State University of New York, Empire State College
2012 Recipient: American Military University
2011 Recipient: University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
2010 Recipient: Hawaii Pacific University
2009 Recipient: Coastline Community College
2008 Recipient: Colorado Technical University at Colorado Springs

 

Barry Cobb Government Organization Award
Recognizes the outstanding contributions that government entities make to military education.

2018 Recipient: US Army Installation Management Command
2017 Recipient: Eglin Air Force Base Education Center
2016 Recipient: Coast Guard Institute
2015 Recipient: MCB Camp Pendleton
2013 Recipient: Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base
2012 Recipient: Ramstein Air Force Base
2011 Recipient: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
2010 Co-Recipients: Coast Guard PSSU Honolulu Learning Center & Marine Corps Base Hawaii Joint Education Center
2009 Recipient: Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges & Community College of the Air Force

 

CCME President’s Award
Recognizes significant contributions from any sector that has advanced the cause of military education.

2020 Recipient: Dawn Bilodeau

2019 Recipients: Amy Moorash, Microsoft, Inc., and Student Veterans of America

2018 Recipient: Jim Yeonopolous

2017 Recipient: Dr. Kathryn Snead

2016 Recipients: Organizational Award: Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC). Individual Award: Laurine Anderson
2015 Recipient: Carolyn Baker
2014 Recipient: William Yaeger
2013 Recipient: Bonnie Orvick
2012 Recipient: Louis Martini
2011 Recipient: Carolyn Baker
2010 Recipient: Jeffrey Cropsey
2009 Recipient: Gary Woods
2008 Co-Recipients: James Selbe and James Wright

 

CCME President Emeritus

Mebane Harrison
Dr. Fred Huber

 

CCME Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Recipients: Jeffrey Cropsey, Joycelyn Groot, and Daryl Patrick

2018 Recipients: Mebane Harrison and Benjamin Randle
2017 Recipient: Dr. John Ebersole
2015 Recipient: Jim Sweizer
2014 Recipient: Andrea Baridon
2013 Co-Recipients: Ramona McAfee and Susan McIntosh
2012 Co-Recipients: Jim Anderson, Jeffrey Haycraft, and Marcy Shapiro
2011 Recipient: Loretta Cornett-Huff
2008 Recipient: Dian Stoskopf

 

CCME Service Award

2020 Recipients: Anthony Clarke, Thomas Dawkins, Michael Midura, Alisha Miller, Gerald Smith, Janine Wert

2019 Recipients: Shad Satterthwaite and Lane Huber

2017 Recipients: Jim Cronin, Jeff Cropsey, and Margaret Reed

2015 Recipients: Barbara Merlo, Angela Reese, Deborah Walker and Bill Yeager
2014 Recipients: Linda Frank and GySgt Axel Davila

 

Gary A. Woods ACME Award

2019 Recipient: FLA-ACME - Florida Advisory Council on Military Education

2018 Recipient: SECOME - Southeastern Council on Military Education
2017 Recipient: VA-ACME - Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education

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SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Bridging the Gaps - Credentials that lead to Sustainable and Successful Outcomes

 

 Application Deadline: December 18, 2020

 

The Council of Military Educators (CCME) is pleased to offer $1000 scholarships each year to United States Servicemembers (active duty/veterans) and spouses of servicemembers who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees. 

 

How to Apply? (Online Only)

  • Carefully read scholarship descriptions and eligibility criteria.

  • Complete one online Scholarship Application form by midnight December 18, 2020.

  • New users will need to first create an account. 

  • Answer all questions to provide the Scholarship Committee with information about you, your experiences, and the qualities you possess that make you a candidate for the scholarship for which you are applying.

  • Provide a thoughtful response to this year’s essay question (approximately 450-700 words)

    • Active Duty – Describe what education benefits you are using while pursuing your education credential and how that credential will help in your military and civilian career.

    • Spouse – Describe your challenges and opportunities pursuing your education credential as a military spouse and how the credential relates to your career goal.

    • Veterans – Describe what challenges you experienced while transitioning from the military to civilian life and what role higher education has played in the transition. 

  • Please include all required documents to include: a copy of your transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member or academic advisor) and a photo of yourself. *Please see FAQs for more information.

  • You do not need to complete the application in one sitting. You may save and continue at a later date as long as you log-in to your Proposal Space account. 

 

All applicants must submit a Scholarship Application, unofficial college transcripts, an essay, and two recommendation forms for consideration. *Applications submitted without required documents, or incorrect documents, will be rejected.

 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

CCME Joe King Scholarship (5 awards)

  • be a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)

  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited member institution of CCME (click here for reference)

  • working towards first-time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree

  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum of 6 or more hours (unit) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution

  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution

  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit.  One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

 

Loretta Cornett-Huff Scholarship (5 awards)

  • be the spouse of a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard, veteran)

  • be currently enrolled in a regional or nationally accredited educational program with a CCME member institution (reference list here)

  • first-time associate, bachelor or graduate degree seeker

  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum of 6 or more hours (unit) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution

  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution

  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit.  One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

 

CCME Veteran Scholarship (5 awards) 

  • be a prior uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)

  • first-time associate, bachelor or graduate degree seeker

  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum of 6 or more hours (unit) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution

  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution

  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit.  One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

  • submit a copy of DD-214

 

Scholarship Application Review Process

All applications will be evaluated by the CCME 2021 Scholarship committee.  Evaluations will be based on:  

  • Ability to follow instructions and include all supporting information

  • Adherence to this year’s essay writing topic and quality of content

 

Once the committee has vetted all proposal submissions, those that have been selected will be submitted to the CCME Executive Board. Notifications will go out in late January 2021.   

 

If you have any questions please contact scholarships@ccmeonline.org 

Frequently Asked Questions

scholarship

When is this year’s deadline to apply?


The deadline for this year’s Scholarship Application is midnight, December 18, 2020.




Who is eligible to apply?


You must be a United States service member (active duty/veteran), or spouse of a service member and working towards the completion of a higher education degree while attending a CCME member institution.




How do I know if my institution is a member of CCME?


If your institution is a member of CCME they will be listed on CCME’s Membership page.




How does my institution become a member of CCME?


If your institution would like to become a member of CCME, they can learn about the membership benefits at our CCME Membership page.




How do I apply?


  • Please complete the Scholarship Application Form entirely, answering all questions.
  • New users will need to create an account with Proposal Space
  • Please add Proposalspace.com to your email list of acceptable entities




What supporting documents need to be included?


  • Transcripts from all prior colleges attended (can be unofficial)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or an academic advisor)
  • A photo of yourself
  • A copy of your DD-214 (for Veteran Scholarship)




Is there a GPA or credit hour requirement?


Yes. You must have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA. If you are seeking an associate or bachelor degree; you must have 6 or more hours (units) and a cumulative 3.0 GPA if you are seeking a graduate degree.




I just transferred to a CCME member institution but the GPA and credit hours are from my old school, am I eligible?


You are eligible only if your previous school is a CCME member institution. The minimum GPA and credit hours must be from the CCME member institution.




I don’t know my academic advisor or faculty member that well; may I choose a different person to complete my recommendation form?


No, one recommendation must be from a faculty member.




Do I have to use the CCME Recommendation form or can I just obtain a Letter of Recommendation?


The CCME Recommendation form must be used or the application will be considered incomplete and ineligible for review.




Are the scholarships renewable or do I have to apply each year?


The CCME Scholarships are not renewable and you are only eligible to win one time in each category.




Will you acknowledge the receipt of my application?


Yes, once you hit the submit button, you will receive an automatic application received message. You can also log into Proposal Space to follow the status of your application.




How am I notified if I win?


The student will receive an email from the CCME Scholarship Chairperson in March 2021.




If I am awarded the scholarship, is the money sent to my school?


No, the scholarship check is sent directly to the student.





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