NAIMES Student Spotlight Award Application

Co-Sponsored by Veterans United Foundation
2023 Application Period: 13 September – 1 November 2023
2023 Winners Announced: 15 December 2023

The NAIMES Student Spotlight Award celebrates the academic achievements of military students in the Armed Forces Voluntary Education programs. 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. To demonstrate your academic achievement, the committee would like you to address, in essay form, the following essay prompt below. You may address the theme from a macro or micro perspective.

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

*Applicants pursuing an undergraduate degree are required to validate the number of college credits earned at the time of application (see Submission steps below).

Scholarship Details:

Essay: Please answer the following writing prompt in essay form with the final submission not to exceed five hundred words.

As a military affiliated student, how do you plan to continue to serve your community after completing your degree?

Deadline: The deadline to submit the application and required documents is 1 November 2023.

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.

Award Amount: Veterans United 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) Active-Duty undergraduate student with less than 60 credits earned
2) Active-Duty undergraduate student with 60 or more credits earned
3) Active-Duty graduate student
4) Veteran
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 (CCME) Annual Professional Development Symposium. The 2024 CCME Symposium will be held January 29, 2024 – February 1, 2024, in Aurora, Colorado.

 How to Apply:

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

Completed Applications must be submitted online by 1 November 2023.

See the 2022 Student Spotlight Award Winners Here!

Rubric for Evaluating Project Submissions:

Exceeds – 2

Meets – 1

Doesn’t Meet – 0

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.

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.

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.


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Contact:   NAIMES Scholarship Committee: 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.