My Regional Award

My Regional Award

What are regional awards?

Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, American Visions Nominee, and American Voices Nominee.

Which regional awards advance to national judging?

Gold Keys and American Vision & Voices nominees advance to national judging.

When will I find out if I received a regional award?

Regional awards are presented by our Affiliate Partner in your local region. Notification dates and methods will vary. To find your Affiliate Partner, visit the Guidelines & Deadlines page.

A list of 2019 Gold Keys will be posted at on February 4, 2019.

I submitted to the Future New category, when will I find out if I received an award?

Future New submissions are only eligible for National Awards. These submissions are judged by national jurors in New York City. Award recipients will be announced with National Medals on March 13, 2019.

I received a Gold Key award. What happens to my work now?

Gold Key works automatically advance to national judging. In New York City, renowned creative professionals review Gold Key works from across the country. Jurors select work for national recognition based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.

National Awards will be announced on March 12, 2019 at

If I receive an award at the regional level, will my work be exhibited or published?

Regional programs determine which works are included in their exhibitions and publications. Please contact your Affiliate Partner for more information.

Are students who earn regional awards eligible to receive scholarships?

Regional scholarship opportunities vary. Check your region’s webpage to learn about potential scholarships or award opportunities.

In addition to regional scholarship opportunities, students in grades 7-11 who receive a Gold or Silver Key may be eligible for a Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) Scholarship to attend an art or writing program over the summer. Go to for more information.

Gold Key works are also automatically considered for National Medals and Special Achievement Awards.

What is a Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship?

Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) scholarships are need- and merit-based scholarships for 7–11 grade students who received a Gold or Silver Key.

Students do not apply for specific summer programs; instead, they apply for a SAS Scholarship and we work with our partners to place students into a program that will work best based on their availability, location, and interests.

Not all students who apply will receive a SAS Scholarship, so we encourage you to also apply to other programs and opportunities when making your summer plans.

Go to for more information.

Is receiving a regional award prestigious to colleges and universities?

Yes! Your Scholastic Art & Writing Award is an achievement, and many colleges will take your Award into consideration when determining admissions and scholarships. Be sure to mention it on your college application or resume.