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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is open to U.S. and Canadian students age 8 through 18. The prize is awarded to students who have done an extraordinary service project that has benefited the community or the environment.

Up to 25 students will be awarded prizes. The Barron Prize recognizes these young people as heroes because they have accomplished something on their own with a heartfelt desire to change another person's life forever, or make the world a safer, healthier and cleaner place to live. Prize money can be used for furthering their education or funding their project.

Students must be nominated by someone who has good knowledge of their project, such as teachers, librarians, school counselors, youth service officials, and religious leaders. Projects must the the student's own work and cannot be part of a school or other assignment. Students nominated are those who are generous of nature and truly want to do something extraordinary to help others.

The award was named in honor of Gloria Barron, a teacher from Boulder, Colorado who always encouraged her family and others to make a positive difference in the world. Gloria's quiet heroism led her to create a nature museum at the Colorado School for the Blind where students could learn by touching. It was her quiet heroism that inspired her son to name the scholarship after his mother, his hero.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in APRIL of each year, and the award amount is usually $5,000.

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