Rising Star of the Year

The Rising Star Award recognizes an up-and-coming communication professional at a two-year community or technical college. This individual has demonstrated special creativity or ability in college communication and shows evidence of a promising future in this field of work. Emphasis is placed on accomplishments within the past year. The Rising Star Award is presented annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts, and district winners are then considered for the national award. The district Rising Star winner will receive a full conference stipend for their registration to attend the 2024 national conference in Seattle, Washington.


  • A nominee must be a member of NCMPR in good standing at the time of nomination and must have worked full time in any aspect of community college marketing and communication for at least two years and not more than five years.

  • A previous recipient of the district Rising Star of the Year Award may not be nominated again for the award.

  • Members of the board of directors may not be considered for this award while they remain in office. However, they may nominate a colleague for the award. If they do, they may not participate in the selection process.

Nomination Procedures

  • Those nominating individuals for the Rising Star of the Year Award must be a member of NCMPR or affiliated with a member college. A member college may submit only one nomination each year.

  • A nomination application must be completed online.

  • Nominations must be submitted by July 14.


2023 Nomination Deadline: July 14

Nominations are now closed. 


District 1:
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Community College of Baltimore County, MD
(443) 840-5227

District 2:
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Kentucky Community & Technical College System
(859) 256-3612

District 3:
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Cuyahoga Community College, OH
(216) 987-4826

District 4:
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Pikes Peak State College, CO
(719) 502-2022

District 5:
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Northwest Iowa Community College
(712) 631-5634

District 6:
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Arizona Western College
(928) 314-9594

District 7:
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Skagit Valley College, WA
(360) 416-7957

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