APPLY: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young 2018

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2018

The 2018 application cycle for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is now open. 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.



The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on the April 15 deadline:

  • 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.

The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


  • Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
  • Each winner receives a beautiful personalized plaque and recognition certificate.
  • Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, our documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive our Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
  • Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through our Young Heroes online forum.
  • Winners are provided with numerous media opportunities – print, television, and radio – to publicize and extend the reach of their service work.



Please read these requirements carefully before you begin the application process.

  • Applications must be completed and submitted online by our deadline of 5:00 p.m. MST on April 15 each year, when the system will automatically close.
  • We do not accept applications via fax, email, U.S. mail, or any other carrier.
  • Please contact us well in advance of our deadline for any technical assistance you anticipate needing. We do not accept applications after April 15.
  • 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.
  • Members of the applicant’s family cannot act as a Lead Reference nor write the other two required letters of recommendation.
  • All required application materials must be included at the time of submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Contents of the application are considered public information once submitted and should not include private or privileged information.

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2018


For more information, please visit the official website of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.


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