Barron Prize

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is currently accepting applications on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. This prestigious awarding program would end in September with the declaration of the winners.

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 honours 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

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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.

Of the 498 young people honoured by the Barron Prize, 207 have been young men and 291 young women. The youngest winner was just 8 years old. The winners have raised more than $24 MILLION dollars for their causes – ranging from humanitarian efforts to environmental projects. Of the young people honored by the Barron Prize since its inception, 307 have done humanitarian service work, and 191 have done environmental service work.


  • 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, the documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
  • Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through the 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.


  1. 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.
Eligible Regions: U.S.A. and Canada

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 (4 Days Remaining)

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