The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Since its inception, the Barron Prize has awarded more than half a million dollars to hundreds of young leaders and has won the support of the National Geographic Education Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and National Youth Leadership Council, among other organizations.

Website: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Sample Application: View Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • Working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people

Application Requirements:

  1. Applications must be completed and submitted online by our deadline of 6:00 p.m. Chicago time on April 15
  2. We do not accept applications via fax, email, U.S. mail, or any other carrier
  3. Please contact us well in advance of our deadline for any technical assistance you anticipate needing. We do not accept applications after April 15
  4. Applications must include a letter from the Lead Reference. (A Lead Reference is simply an adult advocate who has solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities. Examples of Lead References include teachers, librarians, school counselors, youth service officials, and religious leaders)
  5. Members of the applicant’s family cannot act as a Lead Reference nor write the other two required letters of recommendation
  6. All required application materials must be included at the time of submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  7. Contents of the application are considered public information once submitted and should not include private or privileged information

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: No
Contact Information: Barbara Ann Richman, Executive Director,