Awards and Scholarships

We are excited to announce a new process for award nominations designed to make it easier for you to nominate deserving candidates.

You will now identify a candidate and then fill out a brief form providing contact information and explaining why they are deserving of the award. We will send an email to the awardee informing them of their nomination and requesting documentation including letters of recommendation, bio, headshots, resume, etc. This will remove the burden from the nominator.

NCAEA Call for Award Nominations


We’re sure you know an NCAEA member or friend of the visual arts who deserves a pat on the back and recognition for his or her excellent work.

Please take a moment to nominate them for an award to be bestowed at the annual NCAEA Professional Development Conference.

Nominate an outstanding art educator or "Friend of the Arts" to recognize their commitment and contributions to the visual arts in North Carolina.

  • All nominations must come from NCAEA members. The nominator or nominee should complete the form with the required materials.

  • All nominations must be received electronically by the due date for consideration for Awards presented at the annual conference.

  • "Friends of the Arts" awards will be recognized in two categories and do not have to be members of NCAEA/NAEA.

  • All other award nominees must be current members of NCAEA/NAEA to be eligible.

  • Any questions may be directed to the NCAEA Awards Coordinator


Friends of the Arts I - NC Principals or Administrators - Non-member NCAEA, Nominee has record of supporting the visual arts in his/her schools (no vita required)

Friends of the Arts II - Corporations, community people, organizations, groups - Non-member NCAEA, significant contributions to the visual arts in North Carolina (no vita required)

NCAEA Art Educator of the Year (NAEA State Art Educator of the Year) - NCAEA/NAEA Members - Outstanding contributions and achievements within North Carolina

COMC's Ester Page Hill Award - NCAEA/NAEA Members - Strong and consistent support of multi-ethnic art education

NCAEA/NAEA Special Needs Art Educator - NCAEA/NAEA Members who teach students with special needs - Significant contribution to students with special needs in the visual arts

NCAEA/NAEA State, Regional and National Division Awards for Art Education - NCAEA/NAEA Members within a division in NC: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Higher Ed, Museum, Supervision/ Administration, Retired - Significant contribution to an individual’s division in the visual arts

NCAEA Rookie Teacher of the Year - NCAEA Members who are Beginning Teachers (BT 1, 2, or 3) - An exemplary initial contribution by a BT who demonstrates the potential for development

NCAEA/NAEA Student Chapter Sponsor - NCAEA/NAEA Members/Sponsors of College/University Student Chapters - An exemplary student chapter - Please include a list of activities

National Junior High Art Honor Society Sponsor - NCAEA/NAEA Members/Sponsors of National Junior High Art Honor Society - An exemplary student chapter - Please include a list of activities

National Art Honor Society Sponsor - NCAEA/NAEA Members/Sponsors of National Art Honor Society - An exemplary student chapter - Please include a list of activities

NCAEA Bobbi Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Honoring the memory of Bobbi Bowman, the NCAEA awards scholarships twice a year for professional development classes, workshops for an NCAEA member. The scholarship amount can be up to $500.00.

Application deadlines are March 5th or October 5th. Use the button below to submit a application.

About the NCAEA Bobbi Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bobbi Bowman was the NCAEA Newsletter Editor in 1996. Her unexpected death shocked the members of NCAEA. Bobbi, Mrs. Barbara Forrest Bowman, age 62 died early Christmas morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She moved to Wilmington, NC in 1979 from Pennsylvania and was an art teacher at Williston Middle School. She was survived by sons John Bowman, III (Jack), a sales rep, and Bruce Forrest Bowman, an architect, who made a contribution of $100.00 to NCAEA. Her school’s PTA also made a $50.00 donation to NCAEA.

The board requested and approved that the scholarship award be named NCAEA Bobbi Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two certificates were designated and sent to that year's recipients.

The first recipients of the scholarship fund were Libby Scandale and Pat Kincheloe Morrison.


If you would like to contribute to or create a scholarship or award please contact the NCAEA.