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Awards for High School Students

Updated: Jun 7

Did you know there are awards you could apply for that would raise awareness about your passion projects while also helping you build your profile? See below for a few!

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana ‘Award’ is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

It is the longest-running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only.

Key Detail: Award Recipients have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognize their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators have to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey.

The Diana Award is open to anyone wishing to nominate a young person aged 9 – 25 years old who have been carrying out their activities for a minimum of 12 months.

Dates: All nominations must be received 11:59pm GMT on 10 March for the awards the same year.


Taking place every two years, The Legacy Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.  

Key Detail: The 20 Legacy Award recipients are chosen by a prestigious independent judging panel, chaired by Baroness Doreen Lawrence. The individuals have also already been recognized for their impact with the Diana Award. 

Date: Awards are announced in March, every two years.


Every year, the AP Program acknowledges high school students for their exceptional performance in college-level coursework through different AP Scholar Awards. Each award signifies the dedication and excellence of students engaged in rigorous academia at the high school level.

Key Details

  • AP Scholar Award: scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 

  • AP Scholar with Honor: average score of at least 3.25 across all AP Exams taken, with scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

  • AP Scholar with Distinction: average score of at least 3.5 across all AP Exams taken, alongside scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.


4. CREST Awards

CREST is the British Science Association’s flagship education programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 3-to-19-year-olds. It is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

Key Details: To choose the right CREST Award students should think about their age and ability, and how much time they can commit to the project. 

Date: CREST awards can be applied for year round.


This award is for students volunteers who showcase their innovative solutions to financial and societal challenges in their communities.

Key Details: Individual students from classes 8 to 12 who have been engaged in a volunteer activity, at least partly during the application period, can apply for Pramerica Life Insurance Emerging Visionaries. Only students living and studying in India may apply.


The Rise Global Award program is an annual, global contest that involved developing and incubating a social welfare project that impacts your community positively.

Key Details: Individual students from classes 8 to 12 who have been engaged in a volunteer activity, at least partly during the application period, can apply for Pramerica Life Insurance Emerging Visionaries. Only students living and studying in India may apply.

Date: Entry is open till January of the award year. 


This award recognizes achievements that benefit society/ excellence in any of the following areas: Innovation, Scholastics, Sports, Art & Culture, Social Service, or Bravery. 

Key Detail: The incident/act/achievement must be within 2 years of application. 

Dates: Portals open from 1st April to 31st July. 


The RYSI Award has been instituted to create interest in Science at a young age, leading to more children taking up STEM as a career. The award is open to all children studying in standards III to X. Participants are expected to create hands-on science activities that demonstrate a principle in the selected topic. Working models, toys or experiments that help demonstrate a scientific principle maybe submitted.

The award is offered in three age groups, from 3rd to 10th grade

Dates: Nominations open in August and end in September. Then the nominees go through stage 1  (Preliminaries) or stage 2 (National Qualifiers) between October- December. Finalists are announced in Jan- Feb 



To understand which of these awards you could work towards,  speak to your mentors at OnCourse who will be able to make the most effective recommendations keeping in mind your interests and current activities. If you are not enrolled with OnCourse, reach out to set up a consultation meeting to understand more about our mentoring programs for students from Grade 8 to Grade 12. 

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