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Pro Tips for Building an Outstanding Barron Prize Application

by | Mar 19, 2024 | Applying to the Barron Prize, Barron Prize Winner, Character Qualities, Guest Post

We love this time of year when service-minded students work to compile their Barron Prize applications in advance of our April 15 deadline. To support their efforts, we offer the following tips for building a stellar application from those most in the know – our 2023 winners! We trust their advice will inspire and encourage applicants. Thank you, Rania, Rafi, Rory, and Alex for sharing your wise words!
  • Don’t be afraid to let passion for your project shine through!
  • Take the time to really reflect on what motivated you to make a positive difference before you begin the application.
  • Have fun in the writing process. Your story is truly unique and could inspire so many other kids to get out there and make a difference!
Rania Zuri

LiTEArary Society

  • Tell a story: Narrate the evolution of your project from inception to its current state, emphasizing personal growth and lessons learned along the way.
  • Don’t be afraid to flex a little. Be proud of what you have done. Quantify the change your project has made in your community. Use statistics and stories to illustrate the difference you’ve made.
  • What are your next steps? Articulate your vision for the future of your project. Talk about what steps you plan to take next and how you envision its growth and continued impact.
Rafi Ahmad

Operation Viridis

  • For your project essay, don’t just write about what you’ve done. Discuss the challenges you faced and how overcoming them made you stronger. You should talk about how your project has shaped your life and what your plans are for the future.
  • The project summary doesn’t need to get into the nitty-gritty of your procedure. Instead, focus on the key themes of what you have been doing, and emphasize the impact you have made through your work.
  • Your passion for your project should shine through in your application. In your project summary, include how you were inspired to start your work and why you love doing it.
  • Share some of the direct impacts your project has had on both yourself and others. How are you, in ways big or small, changing the world for the better?
Rory Hu

Bee Advocate and Researcher

  • Focus on showing your dedication to environmental or social causes. Write about partnerships, engagement, and reach within your community. Share examples of your dedication to your project to demonstrate the impact of your work.
  • Make sure your application fits the criteria for young leaders striving to make a positive impact.
  • Gather your application materials as soon as possible. It’s important to request letters of recommendation early so that you give your recommenders enough time to be able to lend their support.
  • Be genuine in your application. Share why you’re passionate about your project. Authenticity will make your application stand out.

Good luck to you and thank you for your commitment to important issues! The world needs more changemakers like you who are dedicated to making the world a better place.

Alex Knoll

Ability App