NH Stay Work Play Opens Nominations for 6th Annual Rising Stars Awards

Prestigious program adds video nomination process for College Student of the Year nominations

Manchester, New Hampshire – Stay Work Play is now accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Rising Stars Award program and is ready to recognize a new class of exceptional young people, companies and organizations, and programs. The Rising Stars Awards will accept nominations through July 15. The competition also invites eligible college students to create and share 15-second videos as part of College Student of the Year nominations.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) to celebrate and recognize remarkable young workers and college students in the Granite State as well as the companies and initiatives that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. It includes six awards:

  • College Student of the Year, which honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community;
  • Young Professional of the Year, which honors an outstanding professional between the ages of 18 and 40 who works and lives in New Hampshire;
  • Civic Leader of the Year, which honors a person who, through his or her volunteerism, philanthropy or community involvement, demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening the community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations;
  • Coolest Company for Young Professionals, which honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals;
  • Leadership Development Program of the Year, which honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization aimed at a young professional audience to propel personal and professional growth; and
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was added last year, honors a young entrepreneur who dedicates his or her time to starting and/or operating a new business, is making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and adds community vibrancy.


“We look forward to recognizing the standout people and companies who understand the importance of making New Hampshire a great place to set down roots,” said Kate Luczko, Stay Work Play’s executive director. “Past winners have gone on to accomplish incredible things and continue to nurture a positive economic and cultural climate for young professionals.”

To nominate a person, company or program, visitstayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards for complete rules, nomination materials and a sample College Student of the Year Award video. Finalists will be selected by judging panels appointed by Stay Work Play, and winners will be announced at a celebratory event at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 5.

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org, (603) 860-2245.

About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.