The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize is established by T.A. Barron for Young Heroes. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds through all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen (15) winners will be selected and each winner will receive $5000 award amount and much more.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes was established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron. 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:

  • 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.

How to Apply:

For applying in the contest, you have to sign up through the given link:

Applicants must write an essay on the following questions, the essay should not exceed a total of 1,500 words, and must address the following three questions:

  • What inspired you to organize this service activity?
  • What did you hope to accomplish by leading this service activity, and what did you actually accomplish? The two are different, then why?
  • What have you learned from the experience—both about yourself and about the world?

 Supporting Documents:

  • Applications must include a letter from the Lead Reference. A Lead Reference is simply an adult advocate who has solid knowledge of the applicant’s heroic activities.
  • Members of the applicant’s family cannot act as Lead References nor write the other two letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The 15 winners each receive $5,000 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.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be completed and submitted online by April 5, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information: If you have any question, email at

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