About this Scholarship:
Scholars of NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) can receive full-tuition scholarships to attend summer art or writing programs by applying to the Scholastic Awards and receiving a Gold or Silver Key. All students of African descent who currently participate in the NAACP’s ACT-SO program can apply.
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. Interested in joining your local ACT-SO chapter? Visit naacp.org/act-so.
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 to Apply:
Submit your work to any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At the end of your application, 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. This will select “NAACP ACT-SO” as your “Other Educational Program.” Students will be verified as active ACT-SO Scholars by the local ACT-SO chairperson for their city to confirm eligibility.
Getting Started on Your Submission
If you need a boost of inspiration, these resources can help you generate new work:
- Our publication Healing Through Creativity includes inspiring works from young artists and writers addressing grief and bereavement. Its discussion questions and writing prompts can help you explore your own experience with grief and talk about it with others.
- Check out the The New York Times‘ writing prompts that respond to the news, and read opinion pieces written by young people.
- Explore visual art activities and writing activities from the Teacher’s Climate Guide to create work about climate change.
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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.