Student Awards and Contests

EPA Student Awards

The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA demonstrates commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.

Additional Awards for Students on Environmental Issues

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Ecybermission  Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams.

Envirothon  Grades 9-12  
Sponsored by Canon, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others, the Envirothon is an annual competition held for high school students throughout North America. Designed as a way to teach kids about environmental education, the best teams from over 47 states and provinces come together during the summer to compete.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes  K-12 
This award recognizes young people who have shown extraordinary leadership in making our world better in a number of diverse ways including protecting the environment.

The NEED Project's Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement K-12 
All NEED schools have outstanding classroom-based programs in which students learn about energy. Some schools have student leaders who extend these activities into their communities. To recognize outstanding achievement and reward student leadership, The NEED Project conducts the National Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.

Sieman’s Competition Grades 9-12
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology encourages students, working with a teacher/mentor, to identify environmental issues of concern and create sustainable, reproducible improvements in their local communities.

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Grades 9-12
This site is an awards program for water projects for high school students. One winner for each state is selected to go to a national competition.

William T. Hornaday Award Grades 6-12
Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1914 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Young Eco-Hero Awards  Grades 3-12  
Sponsored by Action for Nature (AFN), the Young Eco-Hero Awards recognizes succesful personal action projects of young people aged 8-16 from all over the world. Action for Nature's mission is to foster respect and affection for nature through personal action.