About this Special Achievement Award:
The Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award, in partnership with the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), provides travel stipends for up to ten ACT-SO scholars, who also receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ National Medals, to attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Travel stipends will cover you and two guests.
This award is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Awards encourage, publish, and grant scholarships to creative teens.
Who is eligible for this award?
All students of African descent who currently participate in the NAACP’s ACT-SO program can apply. Students will be verified as active ACT-SO Scholars by the local ACT-SO chairperson for their city to confirm eligibility.
What is ACT-SO?
The NAACP’s ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. To learn more, visit naacp.org/act-so.
Which types of art and writing can be submitted to the Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award?
If you create any type of visual art or writing, we have a category for your submission! Click here to find out which art or writing category best describes your work. You can also submit work that has competed in previous ACT-SO competitions.
How are the applications evaluated?
All works are evaluated on their originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.
When is the application due?
Submissions open on September 12, 2019. Regional deadlines vary and can be as early as December 1, 2019. Click here to look up your regional deadline.
How to Apply:
Opt-in to the Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award at the end of your application and enter the name of your local ACT-SO Chapter. Click here to apply.
Check out our frequently asked questions at artandwriting.org/FAQ.
Download a flyer about the Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award to share with students and educators.
Congratulations to our 2020 recipients!
Jack Anderson, Destiny Bocas, Jeffery Keys, and Jacob Roberts-Baca
Read Caricatures and Citizenship, Intertwined by Jeffery Keys
Watch a gameplay video for Qubo by Jacob Roberts-Baca
About Our Partner:
The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Interested in joining your local ACT-SO chapter? Visit naacp.org/act-so.