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.
Sponsored by the AMD Foundation. Five (5) awards of $1,000 each presented to the top winners in the video game design category.
Sponsored by the National Constitution Center. Three (3) awards of $1,000 each presented to artists and writers with works that deal with voting.
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.
Five (5) National Gold Medal winners in Film & Animation will win a $2,500 prize to encourage their continued work, study, and experimentation in the fields of film and animation.
Sponsored by 3D Systems, this is a special award for students submitting innovative work that does not fall into the Awards standard categories. Plus, three $1,000 Awards for students submitting work to “The Future New” created using 3D Design software.
Five (5) students will win a $500 prize each for Gold Medal winning works within the Awards’ Mixed Media category.
Portfolio Gold Teacher Award
$1,000 awards presented to the teachers of Portfolio Gold Medal winning students.
Portfolio Silver Medal with Distinction Teacher Award
$250 awards presented to teachers of the Portfolio Silver Medal with Distinction winning students.
Ovation Inspired Teaching Awards
$1,000 awards presented to exceptional teachers in the Scholastic Awards.
B.I.G. Teacher Award
$250 awards presented to the teachers of B.I.G. winning students.
Blick Art Supplies Award
Sponsored by Blick Art Materials. $50 gift coupons presented to teachers with Art Gold and Silver Medal winning students.