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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 in the military community. The CCME Executive Board is extending an invitation to award recipients to attend the CCME 2023 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.

 

The 2023 award nomination period is OPEN. Award winners will be notified in November 2023.

 

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION

 

Any questions can be directed to confermentofficer@ccmeonline.org

 

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 education 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
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 confermentofficer@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.

2022 Lori Fox - Education and Career Specialist, Voluntary Education Center Quantico Marine Corps Base 

2021 Johanna E. Rose - Education Services Specialist Supervisor, MCCS Lejeune-New River

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

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

2018 Mr. Bart MacMillan - Education and Career Specialist, USMC, Henderson Hall 

2017 Mr. Peter Harris, Education Chief, John A. Lejeune Education Center, MCCS Lejeune-New River

2016 Sam Bagwell, US Marine Corps, and Phil Cataquiz, US Navy

2015 Rosalee "Sally" Lambert 

2014 William Garcia

2013 Donna Duellburg 

2012 Ann Hunter, Chief USN Education

2011 Mariver "Ivy" Castro 

2010 Major Troy M. Gipps 

2009 Dawn A. Bilodeau 

2008 Jonell Calloway

 

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

2022 Keri Reams -University Development Manager, Military Division, Grand Canyon University  

2021 Kim Mitchell - Senior Vice President, Military, Veteran & Gov't Affairs, National University

2018 Mr. Robert Wells - Military Science Coordinator, Texas A&M University-Central Texas

2017 Pamela Washington, Park University, Henderson Hall Campus

2016 Jim Yeonopolus, Central Texas College

2015 James McDonough 

2013 Kirsten Savage 

2011 Dr. Cheryl Polson and Susan Dewan

2010 Richard W. Carter 

2009 Randy Wright 

2008 William “Bud” Hayes, Jr.

 

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

2022 Cyber Bytes Academy - Quantico Cyber Hub

2021 Solid, LLC - President Lisa Lutz 

2019 Indtai, Inc. 

2018 BAM Technologies 

2017 Tutor.com 

2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) 

2011 American Council on Education (ACE)

2010 Indtai, Inc.

2009 BAM Technologies 

2008 MBS Direct

 

CCME Community Partner Award

2022 Microsoft Inc.

2021 Our Community Salutes - Founder/President Dr. Kenneth Hartman 

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

2022 Pierce College JBLM Campus

2021 Saint Martin's University, JBLM Campuses 

2020 Webster University

2019 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

2018 University of North Carolina - Wilmington 

2017 Colorado Technical University 

2016 Troy University

2015 Kansas State University 

2014 Saint Martin's University 

2013 State University of New York, Empire State College 

2012 American Military University 

2011 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) 

2010 Hawaii Pacific University 

2009 Coastline Community College 

2008 Colorado Technical University at Colorado Springs

 

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

2022 US Coast Guard ESO Team - Shelby Dill, Velma Vining, Debra Stancliff, Dr. Bonnie Kelly, and Theresa Henry

2021 MCAS Cherry Point Education Center - Education Services Officer Teresa Allen 

2018 US Army Installation Management Command 

2017 Eglin Air Force Base Education Center 

2016 Coast Guard Institute 

2015 MCB Camp Pendleton

2013 Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base 

2012 Ramstein Air Force Base 

2011 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 

2010 Coast Guard PSSU Honolulu Learning Center & Marine Corps Base Hawaii Joint Education Center  2009 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.

2022 Hildegard Buan, Air Force Chief of Voluntary Education and CCME Board of Directors

2021 Alisha Miller and Bethany Taylor 

2020 Dawn Bilodeau   

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

2018 Jim Yeonopolous  

2017 Dr. Kathryn Snead  

2016 Organizational Award: Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC). Individual Award: Laurine Anderson   

2015 Carolyn Baker   

2014 William Yaeger  

2013 Bonnie Orvick    

2012 Louis Martini  

2011 Carolyn Baker

2010 Jeffrey Cropsey  

2009 Gary Woods   

2008 James Selbe and James Wright

 

CCME President Emeritus

2021 Louis Martini - CCME Symposium Event Manager  |  Mebane Harrison  |  Dr. Fred Huber

 

CCME Lifetime Achievement Award

2022 Hildegard Buan, Air Force Chief of Voluntary Education

2021 Fred Drummond - Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Force Education & Training 

2019 Jeffrey Cropsey, Joycelyn Groot, and Daryl Patrick 

2018 Mebane Harrison and Benjamin Randle 

2017 Dr. John Ebersole 

2015 Jim Sweizer 

2014 Andrea Baridon 

2013 Ramona McAfee and Susan McIntosh 

2012 Jim Anderson, Jeffrey Haycraft, and Marcy Shapiro 

2011 Loretta Cornett-Huff 

2008 Dian Stoskopf

 

CCME Service Award

2022 Kelly Wilmeth, Jim Yeonopolus, Bethany Taylor, Registration Headquarters

2021 Janice Neal, Carmenza Jaramillo-Akers, Rodney Clar, Boris Kun, Scott Leeling, and Wendy Sikora 

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

2019 Shad Satterthwaite and Lane Huber 

2017 Jim Cronin, Jeff Cropsey, and Margaret Reed

2015 Barbara Merlo, Angela Reese, Deborah Walker, and Bill Yeager 

2014 Linda Frank and GySgt Axel Davila

CCME Voluntary Education Service Award

2022 US AIR FORCE

Bruce Barton - ESO AETC Maxwell, Larry Brooks - ESO AETC Columbus, Richard Day - ESO -JBLM McChord Field, John Fitzgerald - ESO JBSA Lackland, Andrew Matthew - ESS RAF Alconbury

Monica Sanchez - Lead Counselor - JBSA Lackland

2022 US Army

CW4 Lee Bushaw - ESO - NDARNG, Mike Engen - ESO Fort Hood, LTC Alfred Horridge - ESO LAARNG,  Pamela King - ESO Fort Stewart, Susan Sine, ESO

2022 US Coast Guard

Debra Annam - ESO District 5 - Bases Miami FL, Nate Bruner - ESO District #1 Sector New England ME, Brion Newman - ESO District #13 Base Seattle WA, Bob Plumpton - ESO District 1 Base Boston MA, Larry Vellucci - ESO District #13 Air Station Port Angeles WA, Gordy Yowell - ESO District #15 North Caroline

2022 US Marine Corps 

Sam Bagwell - ESO - JBM Henderson Hall, James Brooks, ESO MCRD San Diego

2022 US Navy

Ernest D'Antonio Director USN Voluntary Education - NAS Norfolk

Gary A. Woods ACME Award

2022 California Advisory Council on Military Education

2021 Mid-South ACME - Mid-South Advisory Council on Military Education 

2019 FLA-ACME - Florida Advisory Council on Military Education 

2018 SECOME - Southeastern Council on Military Education

2017 VA-ACME - Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education

 

Special Recognization Tributes

2022 

Colonel Charles "Chuck" Rambo - Military Deputy to the CAO, Office of the Provost US Army

Dr. Clinton "Andy" Anderson -

Dr. Carol Berry - Director, DANTES and founder of Virginia ACME

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS

 

"50-Years of Innovation"

Supporting Service Members, Veterans, and their families 

 

 The 2023 application period is COMING SOON.

Awards and scholarships will be announced in October 2022.

 

The Council of Military Educators (CCME) is pleased to offer $1,000 scholarships each year to United States Servicemembers (active duty/veterans) and spouses of servicemembers who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.