NAIMES Student Spotlight Award

(National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services)
Co-Sponsored by Veterans United Foundation
Application Period: 15 September – 15 December 2020
Winner Announced: 15 February 2021

Purpose: To celebrate academic achievements of military students in the Armed Forces Voluntary Education programs. The Student Spotlight Award is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their academic achievement to the military and civilian educational community through an exploration of how the academic experience has influenced their military career.

As a means to demonstrate your academic achievement, the committee would like you to address, in essay form, the following theme below. You may address the theme from a macro or micro perspective; the key is to identify what you consider as your academic accomplishment(s) and then link the accomplishment(s) to your military career.

Theme for the 2020 Student Spotlight Awards:  2021 Bridging the Gaps

Credentials that lead to Sustainable and Successful Outcomes

For Service Members: Describe what military education benefits you are using while pursuing your education credential and how that credential will help you in your military and civilian career.

For Spouses: Describe your challenges and opportunities pursuing your education credential as a military spouse and how the credential relates to your career goal.

For 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 answer the prompt completely, with the final submission not to exceed four pages in essay form.

Rubric for Evaluating Project Submissions

Exceeds – 2

Submission is reflective of college level work as determined by a panel of judges.  There is a logical progression of the theme in the overall presentation of the submission.  The theme is clearly identifiable as well as the link to the applicant’s military career.  If appropriate, references are cited.  No errors are evident.

Meets – 1

Submission is reflective of college level work as determined by a panel of judges.  Progression of the theme is not consistent throughout but can be extracted as one considers the overall presentation.  The theme is identifiable and the link to the applicant’s military career.  If appropriate, references are cited.  Some errors in the presentation.

Doesn’t Meet – 0

Submission is not reflective of college level work as determined by a panel of judges.  Is not presented in a manner that allows for the theme to emerge and does not link to the applicant’s military career.

Why Participate: NAIMES celebrates student achievements across the Armed Forces and fosters scholarly communication between students, faculty, and the military communities we serve. Participation in the Student Spotlight Award provides students with opportunities to gain valuable experience in both oral and written presentations of their work.

Eligibility: Active duty personnel, veterans, and active duty military spouses from all service branches are invited to submit an application. ROTC students and military academy students are not eligible to apply.  Students must be current students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Deadline: The deadline to submit the application and required documents is 15 December 2020.  (The online application form will allow you to upload and attach all required documents. There should be one application submission only. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Validation of College Credits Earned: Applicants pursuing an undergraduate degree are required to validate the number of college credits earned at the time of application. (See attached resume form in the Submission steps below.)

Award: United Veterans Foundation is a proud co-sponsor of this award program. A $1,200 cash prize will be awarded to the top project in five categories:  1) Undergraduate student with less than 60 credits earned, 2) Undergraduate student with 60 or more credits, 3) Graduate student, 4) Veteran, and 5) Active duty military spouse.  In addition, travel funds, not to exceed $500, will be available to allow recipients to receive their award at the annual Council of College and Military Educators symposium. The 2021 CCME Professional Development Symposium will be held in San Francisco, CA., June 14 -17, 2021.

Submission Process:

  1. Fill out the online Application:
  2. Upload the following required documents. 
    1. Essay
    2. Resume (click here for Resume template  NAIMES Scholarship Resume Form)
    3.  Photo (include a current headshot photo of yourself)
    4. Veterans Only:  A copy of your DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty 

Applications must be posted online by 15 December 2020.

Click the Image Below to Start Spotlight Scholarship Application

Notification of Recipients: The successful recipients will be notified no later than 15 February 2020.  For more information about the NAIMES Student Spotlight Award:

Contact:   Debra Havens, Central Texas College 
(254) 526-1214

NAIMES Preamble: National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES) is committed to promoting high quality, pedagogically sound educational opportunities for the military community.  NAIMES endorses the ideals of voluntary education and in doing so represents a wide range of colleges and universities.