Graduating seniors may submit a portfolio of their art or writing for consideration in the Scholastic Awards. Through generous support of our sponsors, the following Portfolio Awards include a scholarship to encourage our students to continue their creative studies in college and beyond.
Gold Medal Portfolio
Our highest honor, Gold Medal Portfolio, is given to sixteen graduating seniors–eight writers and eight artists–whose portfolio of work exemplifies the Scholastic Awards’ core criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.
Scholarships of $10,000 are presented to 16 students earning a Gold Medal for their portfolio.
Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio
A Silver Medal with Distinction is given to art and writing portfolios of thirty graduating seniors whose exceptional works received recognition at the national level.
Scholarships of $1,000 are presented to select students earning this award.
Only graduating high school seniors may submit portfolios.
Art Portfolios should contain a series of 8 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
Writing Portfolios should contain a series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
Visit our categories page to learn more about the requirements for art portfolios
and writing portfolios