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.


  • A nominee must be a designated 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 designated 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 the deadline designated within each district (see the list of deadlines in the right-hand column).

Get a Travel Stipend If Your Nominee Wins!

  • If you nominate someone who wins your district Rising Star Award, you'll get a $250 stipend to attend the 2021 national conference in Seattle, Washington.

  • The district Rising Star winner will receive a $625 stipend to attend the 2021 national conference.


2021 Nomination Deadline

Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 16.



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

District 2:
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The College System of Tennessee
(615) 366-4486

District 3:
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Elgin Community College, IL
(847) 214-7769

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

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

District 6:
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Orange Coast College, CA
(714) 432-5022 

District 7:
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Peninsula College, WA
(360) 477-2376