One Earth Award

About this Scholarship:

Sponsored by the One Earth Fund and the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, the One Earth Award offers $1,000 scholarships for four students whose works address the pressing issue of human-caused climate change. 

Who is eligible for this award?

All students in the U.S. or Canada enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate.

What is climate change, and why should I create art or writing about it? 

Climate change refers to large shifts in the trends of global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other measures of weather that happen over an extended period of time – meaning several decades or longer. It is largely caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released in the air when burning fossil fuels. It has many impacts on both humans and the environment.  

Some consequences of climate change include: sea-level rise; increase in air pollutionhurricane, droughts, and extreme weather; ocean acidification; and rising temperatures, among others. These consequences are and will continue to impact humans and the natural world in many ways, including displacement of people from flooding and drought, widening of inequalities already existing in our society, changes in food and water supply, impacts on physical and mental health, species extinction, and habitat destruction. You can learn more about climate change and how young people are addressing it here. 

Your work can advance our thoughts about climate change and our understanding of solutions. It can also improve awareness of individual and collective actions that we can take, in order to slow the current pace of climate change and reduce the harm that human action has on our environment. 

When is the application due?

Submissions open on September 1, 2020. Regional deadlines vary and can be as early as December 1, 2020. Click here to look up your regional deadline.

How do I apply? 

Submit your work to any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At the end of your application, opt in to the One Earth Award. You will be prompted to include a personal statement on your work. 

What should I write for the personal statement? 

Your personal statement should be 50 words or more and answer the following questions: 

  • What specific aspect of climate change does your work address? 
  • What is your personal connection to this aspect of climate change, and why do you think talking about climate change is important? 

Getting Started on Your Submission

These resources can help you learn about climate change and create your own art and writing about it. 

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Congratulations to the 2020 national recipients!

Katherine Chuliver, Priya Dalal-Whelan, Andrew Kim, and Minnie Zhang

Read To Whom It May Not Concern by Priya Dalal-Whelan

Read After the Satellites Came Crashing Down by Minnie Zhang

Watch Lucky’s Climate Adventure by Katherine Chuliver


Watch Portable Air Quality Control by Andrew Kim

Congratulations to the 2020 state recipients!

Nina Samuels
Megan Zhang

North Carolina
Lorelei Lin and Hami Trinh
Qing Qing (Alice) Tao

South Carolina
Elizabeth Kreutner-Eady
Michelle Schultze

Naomi Abramowicz
Olivia Sun