Resources for Gold & Special Achievement Award Medalists

Students receiving Gold Medals, Gold Medal Portfolio or Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Awards, or Special Achievement Awards are invited to New York City to participate in National Events taking place June 5–7, 2019. National Events include:

  • the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall;
  • Maker Prom, a night of dancing and fun where students can celebrate with their fellow National Medalists while participating in exciting creative activities;
  • Art.Write.Now.2019 National Exhibition on display at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery, featuring selected works from students receiving Gold Medals for portfolios and in individual categories, American Visions and Voices Medals, Silver Medals with Distinction Portfolio Awards, and Special Achievement Awards;
  • and other events to highlight the creative accomplishments of these talented teens!

What’s Next?

Your National Medalist must follow the necessary steps to accept their Award and attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Please note that although tickets for the National Ceremony are free, your National Medalist must respond to the RSVP by logging into their Scholastic Awards account.

National Medalists and two guests are invited to the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 6! Students receiving Gold Medals, Portfolio Awards, and Special Achievement Awards will receive tickets to the National Ceremony.

It’s very important that National Medalists log into their accounts as soon as possible to:

Next Steps for Gold Medalists

By March 29: Ship Artwork

If your student earned one of the following 2019 National Medals, you must ship their artwork by March 29, 2019:

  • Gold Medal
  • Portfolio Awards
    • Gold Medal Portfolio*
    • Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio*
  • Special Achievement Awards
    • Alliance ACT/SO Journey Award
    • American Voices & Visions Medal
    • Best-in-Grade Award
    • Civic Expression Award
    • The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design
    • The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon
    • New York Life Award
    • One Earth Award

Packing instructions can be found as a PDF download in your student’s Scholastic Awards account or downloaded here. If your student is required to ship their work, a prepaid UPS packing label and inventory form can be downloaded from your student’s Scholastic Awards account.

*Not all works from portfolios will be included in the exhibition. If your student earned a Gold Medal Art Portfolio or Silver Medal with Distinction Art Portfolio, a member of the Scholastic Awards exhibition team will contact your student to indicate which pieces you should ship.

By March 29: Print, Sign, and Submit Your Release Form

Students must submit a Release Form for EACH work that earned a National Medal. The Release Form allows the Scholastic Awards to publish, exhibit, and share your student’s work. Students and their parent/guardian must sign and return the Release Form(s) to accept their award(s).

Log into the student’s Scholastic Awards account to access the Release Form.

Send the signed form to the Scholastic Awards National Office:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Attn: National Medal Release Form
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Subject line: National Medal Release Form

By March 29: Upload Your Portrait, Videos, and Audio Greetings

Students must upload:

  • A photo self-portrait (have your student wear their Gold Key Pin!)
  • An audio message discussing the inspiration for their awarded work(s), and, if they received a National Medal for writing, a recording of them reading a short excerpt of the awarded work
  • Videos celebrating their award!

Click the My Media link in the student’s Scholastic Awards account for important details about how to create greetings and upload content, or click here to view the Your Media PDF for more information.

By April 11: Request Tickets for the National Ceremony

The 2019 National Ceremony takes place at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm ET. Tickets are free, and students may bring up to two guests. All students receiving at least one of the medals listed below can request tickets to the 2019 National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall by reserving them through their Scholastic Awards accounts.

  • Gold Medal
  • Portfolio Awards
    • Gold Medal Portfolio
    • Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio
  • Special Achievement Awards
    • Alliance ACT/SO Journey Award
    • American Voices & Visions Medal
    • Best-in-Grade Award
    • Civic Expression Award
    • The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design
    • The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon
    • New York Life Award
    • One Earth Award

By May 10: Confirm Ticket Reservation and Print Ticket Vouchers

After you request tickets in your online account by April 11, you must then confirm your ticket reservation April 12–May 10 and print a ticket voucher for each ticket you have confirmed.

Students and their educators MUST confirm their tickets through their Scholastic Awards accounts. All tickets that are not confirmed will be released. After confirming your reservation, print a ticket voucher for each ticket you have confirmed.

You MUST bring these vouchers with you to New York. Ticket vouchers MUST be exchanged for tickets at Check-In and Ticket Pick-Up.

Tickets WILL NOT be available at Carnegie Hall.

By May 10: Book Your Discounted Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel (45 East 45th Street) offers a discount:

  • $260 for one to two guests per night
  • $270 for three or four guests per night

To reserve a room, call 1-888-833-3969, or book online at Use the discount code: Scholastic Awards

There are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms available, and they may run out prior to May 10. We recommend booking your room as soon as you have finalized your travel arrangements.

Be sure to review all information thoroughly. National Medalists can access their accounts at

Please note that National Medalists MUST be logged into their Scholastic Awards accounts to RSVP for the National Ceremony, print shipping labels, and submit self-portraits, audio messages, and video greetings.

Support the Awards by Purchasing Tickets to the Benefit Dinner

A special Benefit Dinner will follow the ceremony and benefits the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that produces the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Tickets include reserved VIP seating in box seats. Your generous support helps make the Awards possible. Visit to purchase tickets to the dinner. Availability is limited.

Important Documents

Here you can find PDFs of the important documents your student can access and review by logging into their Scholastic Awards account.

  • Next Steps: A timeline of what comes next and important due dates
  • National Events Schedule: A schedule of events happening in New York City June 5–7 to celebrate your student’s accomplishment
  • Your Media: Videos, self-portraits, and audio files your student needs to upload to their Scholastic Awards account
  • Art Shipping Instructions: Packing and shipping instructions for 2D and 3D artwork
  • Inventory Form: This form must accompany all artwork shipped for the National Exhibition
  • Lifecycle of a National Medal Artwork: A helpful comic explaining what happens to artwork once it arrives at the Scholastic Awards national office and when to expect the artwork to be returned
  • Scholarships: Information about our scholarship partners and additional scholarship opportunities