The Student Courage Awards are presented to young people from the Capital Region in middle or high school (grades 6-12), who have demonstrated personal courage by taking positive action against racism, prejudice or bias-related violence in their community.  This award honors those 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 (signed and dated), which must come from the nominator. Nominators must be an educator, counselor, or adult (not a family member) familiar with the nominee’s positive actions.  The letter should include specific examples of how the nominee meets the above criteria.  Supporting documentation may be included, but is not required. The letter must be submitted together with the nomination form.

Three recipients will be selected. All recipients will receive a commemorative certificate and a $500 award, which will be presented at the annual MLK Lecture event on January 27 at 7 pm. at Siena College. Recipients should be willing and able to attend this event.

All nominations are due by December 1, 2021. 

Recipients will be notified by December 17.

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