Student Courage Awards are presented to young people from the Capital Region area, in middle or high school (grades 6-12), who have demonstrated personal courage by taking positive action against racism, prejudice and bias-related violence in their community. This award will honor young people who:

  • Have demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills as spokespersons for tolerance.
  • Embody the courage to be bridge builders and peacemakers.
  • Have taken action fighting intolerance or have engaged in violence prevention or conflict resolution.
  • Have stood up against hate and violence.

Each candidate must have one letter of recommendation, which can come from the nominator.  To nominate a candidate please provide:

  1. A completed nomination form.
  2. A signed letter of recommendation.
  3. Supporting materials as appropriate.

Candidates  should be able to attend the annual MLK Lecture in March at Siena College to receive their award.Three recipients will be selected. All recipients will receive a commemorative certificate, an invitation to dinner with the speaker and/or the advisory board of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series, formal recognition during the MLK lecture, and a cash award.

The awards honor those who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and the uniqueness of each individual.

Deadline to submit nomination is Thursday, February 1, 2018.