The NCMA has a number of yearly awards, including those including project grants that are awarded at our yearly banquet. Applications are received January-May of each year and are awarded at the yearly banquet at the end of the National Conference.
The GNOME Award (Gained Notoriety as Outstanding in Ministry and Education).
This award is designed to recognize campus ministers who have served at least three years and are persons who have made outstanding contributions to working ecumenically in campus ministry and to NCMA. Ordinarily there shall be at least two (2) GNOME awards made each year or if omitted one year there may be up to four (4) made the following year.
The Campus Ministry of the Year Award.
This award is made to one campus ministry in each of the five (5) regions of NCMA. The criteria shall be the recognition of campus ministries that are judged to be effective and innovative. Nominations may be made to the Regional Rep, who selects the Ministry to be honored. Self-nominations are appropriate. The frequency of this award shall be at the discretion of the Coordinating Committee.
The Rookie of the Year Award.
This award recognizes a campus minister or chaplain in higher education ministry fewer than three years from each of the five regions. Recipients will be honored for excellence in one or more of the following areas of ministry: (1) effective, innovative programming; (2) development of strong student community; (3) establishment of significant networks among church, community, and campus; (4) enablement of greater visibility for campus ministry/chaplaincy; and (5) enhancement of spiritual and financial support. Nominees may be lay or clergy; full- or part-time; campus- or congregation-based. Nominations may be made to the Regional Rep, who recommends the Rookie to honored and forwards the nomination to the Awards Committee.
A Hall of Fame Certificate may be awarded, on occasion, to members of NCMA who are retiring from campus ministry. This recognition will be on nomination by each Regional Rep, who will submit names to the Membership Secretary prior to the annual conference.
The Richard Ross Hicks Award
This award is based on a lifetime contribution. It recognizes outstanding multi-ethnic ministry over a period of years (at least three). Nominations for this award may be made annually; however, the frequency of this award shall be at the discretion of the Coordinating Committee