Special Awards

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards partner with dedicated sponsors to offer creative challenges and special award and scholarship opportunities for students. We were delighted to offer several new and returning scholarship opportunities (listed below) for the 2018 Awards.

Portfolio Awards

Our highest honor, Gold Medal Portfolio, is given to sixteen graduating seniors–eight writers and eight artists–whose portfolio of work exemplifies the Scholastic Awards’ core criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.

A Silver Medal with Distinction is given to art and writing portfolios of thirty graduating seniors whose exceptional works received recognition at the national level.

The Portfolio Awards are presented with scholarships of $10,000 for Gold Medal and $1,000 for Silver with Distinction Medal.

New York Life Award

Sponsored by the New York Life Foundation
Six scholarships of $1,000 will be presented to students who have experienced the death of a close loved one and who have explored that loss in their creative work.

The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

Sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation
The Editorial Cartoon category and The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon celebrate the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression. Three teen artists from grades 7–12 will be selected to each receive a $1,000 scholarship from The Herb Block Foundation for their outstanding drawings, illustrations, or animations offering commentary on current events or political topics.

Civic Expression Award

Sponsored by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund.
In partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Six students whose art or writing received a National Medal and promotes responsible civic life will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Best-in-Grade Award

Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies
All Gold Medal work from non-portfolio categories is automatically entered for consideration for the Best-in-Grade Award. Two artists and two writers from each grade level (7–12) receive a $500 award.

Is your company or foundation interested in sponsoring a Scholastic Art & Writing Award? Please contact Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director, at vmcenerney@scholastic.com.