Do you know a young person who has gone above and beyond in your community? From volunteers to community champions and local heroes, this is your chance to nominate the young people who inspire you.

The Young Scot Awards is Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people and shines the spotlight on the outstanding contribution of young people and groups aged 11-26, who have made a difference to the lives of others.

There are 12 categories including health, community, the arts and diversity. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the categories. Nominations close on 27th February.

The winners will be announced at a glittering red carpet ceremony at the SECC Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 April 2017.

Nominate a young person or a group today.

The Categories

Young Hero (Sponsored by The Co-operative Group)

The Young Hero award is for an extraordinary young person who deserves special recognition for their bravery. Do you know a young person who has shown amazing courage and triumphed over adversity? You should nominate them as Young Scot’s Young Hero for 2017!


Do you know a young person who has inspired others with their extraordinary sporting achievements? They might have excelled in their chosen sport at a local, national or even global level? They might spend all their free time coaching others? They deserve recognition for their dedication to sport and would be an ideal candidate for the Young Scot Awards Sport’s Category.

The Arts

This is your opportunity to celebrate a young person’s contribution to arts and culture. Are they inspiring and helping others to express themselves through arts or making a difference to their local community by sharing their time or creations in a creative way? If so, we want to hear about them so please nominate them for the Young Scot Awards Arts category.


Young people across Scotland are involved in supporting and inspiring others to improve their physical and mental health. They might be providing support in their communities, looking to change policy or services, working in healthcare or involved with healthcare charities. It’s important that their contributions are recognised, so nominate them today.

Entertainment (Sponsored by CityLink)

Song, dance, comedy, music, writing are just a few of the ways young Scot’s are setting the entertainment world alight. This award is not just for the famous but for all the young stars amongst us who blow us away with their talent? If they impress you, the Young Scot Awards could be a platform for the next step in their career, so let us know who they are.


Young volunteers across Scotland selflessly donate their time and energy free of charge to help other people. This little bit of effort can make a huge difference to so many people in their communities. Do you know a young person who deserves recognition for their selfless contributions then enter them today for the Young Scot Award volunteering category?

Unsung Hero (Sponsored by SOLACE)

Do you know a young Scot who goes the extra mile every day but never asks for any recognition or reward? Someone who has overcome difficult circumstances or risen to a challenge? Someone who may have achieved something in the face of adversity? We are calling you to nominate an unsung young Scot who deserves this award.

Environment (Sponsored by Scottish Gas)

Do you know a young person who gives their time and effort to help protect the world for future generations? This could be related to recycling, global sustainability, ecology or perhaps something else entirely. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person who is passionate about environmental issues and determined to make a positive difference.

Community (Sponsored by the Scottish Government)

This award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person that improves the lives of people within a community. Your nominee may have demonstrated good citizenship by influencing decision-making at local government level, participating in local action, or anything else which has made a huge difference to others in their community.


Do you know a young person who has demonstrated entrepreneurial flair and a strong head for business? Have they harnessed their passion to help growth and sustainability in their local community or started their enterprise from scratch? If you know a young person behind a great business then nominate them today.


The Diversity Award recognises a young person or group of young people working tirelessly to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their community or across Scotland. Their efforts will have helped encourage respect, tolerance and understanding across all races, faiths, genders, cultures, communities and identity. Celebrate their achievements and enter them for the Young Scot Awards Diversity awards.

Excellence in Education (Sponsored by the University of St Andrews)

The Excellence in Education award is for a young person who has overcome adversity or disadvantage to excel in their school, college or university. They may have overcome ill health; dealt with being in care; coped with being a carer or will have shown exceptional dedication and enthusiasm despite their challenges. Recognise their excellence with a nomination today.