Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.
Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.
Portfolio Scholarship Medals
Portfolio Gold Medals
Scholarships of $10,000 each presented to top students with Portfolio Gold winning work.
Portfolio Silver Medals with Distinction
Scholarships of $1,000 each presented to top students with Portfolio Silver winning work.
Special & Sponsored Awards
Sponsored by the New York Life Foundation. Six (6) awards of $1,000 each presented to artists and writers with works that deal with loss or bereavement.
Awards of $500 presented to two (2) artists and two (2) writers in each grade level of the Awards, chosen from Gold Medal winning work across all categories.
Underwritten by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, provides six students whose works best promote responsible civic life with $1,000 scholarships.
The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design
Underwritten by the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, provides two students who exhibit excellence in video game design with $1,000 scholarships.
Underwritten by The Herb Block Foundation, provides three students who exhibit excellence in editorial cartoons with $1,000 scholarships.
Underwritten by an anonymous donor, provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of climate change with $1,000 scholarships.
In partnership with 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.