The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients!

Gabriel Chez, Gillian Maurer, Patricia Patalinjug


What Remains, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, by Gillian Maurer, Grade 12, Age 19, Asheville High School, Asheville, NC. Gold Medal, The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

About The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

Sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon celebrates 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 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.

“Cultural and artistic trends have driven the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards categories over the years,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “Recent submissions have shown that teen interest in political issues is burgeoning, particularly as the presidential election nears. Adding Editorial Cartoons to the Scholastic Awards is an exciting opportunity to increase awareness of the art form among teens, preserve Herb Block’s amazing legacy, and underscore the importance of free expression in a democratic society. We are thrilled to be working with the wonderful people at The Herb Block Foundation to bring this to life.”

Jean J. Rickard, Founding Executive Director of The Herb Block Foundation, said, “Since the first board meeting, the Foundation has sought to encourage the next generation of editorial cartoonists. We are excited to collaborate in this partnership and see the creativity and future of the art form.”

Download a printable-PDF with information about this Award along with tools educators can use in the classroom.

About The Herb Block Foundation

Herb Block Foundation Logo

Special thanks to our partners at The Herb Block Foundation for their sponsorship of this category and scholarships. When cartoonist Herb Block died in 2001, he left $50 million to establish a foundation to promote and support the causes he championed during his 72 years of cartooning. The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. In addition, the Foundation promotes editorial cartooning and awards scholarships based on financial need to individuals seeking to attend community colleges in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Find out more at