What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications, and scholarship applications. All National Medalists earn a place on the National Medalist recipient list. Selected works will be featured in the National Catalog, The Best Teen Writing anthology, and the Art.Write.Now exhibition program.

Receiving a Scholastic Award offers the opportunity for scholarships. At the regional level, seniors who receive Awards have access to more than $3.5 million in scholarships from local institutions. At the national level, $10,000 scholarships are given to 16 graduating seniors whose portfolios earn Gold Medals. Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio recipients receive $1,000 scholarships. Seniors who earn these honors can leverage partial to full-ride scholarships from a network of 60 arts universities and institutes, which annually earmark $5 million in additional support.

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