July 11, 2019
On Thursday, July 11th, Barb Edwards and Katie Bonner spoke to DDC High School Interns on the process of applying for the Scholastic Awards. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of the scholastic community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers—along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) from public, private, or home schools can apply for their chance to earn scholarships and have their work exhibited and published.
Ms. Edwards shared that she has a degree in chemical engineering and over the course of her career moved into HR and non-profit organization. She encouraged students to think about what kind of work they might want to submit during July and August because the Scholastic Awards opens for submissions in September and the deadline for submission is in December.
During January and February, talented professionals evaluate the student work at the regional level. Students’ submissions are blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Many Scholastic Awards alumni have lent their expertise as jurors. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.
Katie shared that she studied government and gender studies and worked in college admissions and SAT prep. She noted that students from across the nation submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. About 70,000 schools participated last year. More than 30,000 students were honored in regional celebrations. There are three levels of regional awards: Gold Keys, Silver keys, and Honorable Mentions.