How to Apply


As we continue to follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State leaders we have decided to have a Virtual 2021 season.
Student Application – online (2021 Season has ended)
Competition Schedule (PDF)


Each contestant must:

1. be of African-American descent.
2. be a high school student enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
3. be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
4. be an individual who has demonstrated a genuine interest in one of the 28 categories.
5. submit a separate project, one contestant per category per city (a contestant may enter up to three (3) categories of competition.
6. be of amateur status–never having never having performed as a professional in any categories of competition.
7. conform to the guideline requirements as dictated by the category(s) chosen.
8. submit to his/her local NAACP chapter

a. a final application.
b. a 1 to 2 page, typed biography (double-spaced).

9. for National contestants, submit to his/her local NAACP ACT-SO sponsor:

a. a completed project.
b. a national application.
c. a one to two page, typed [double-spaced] biography.
d. a completed parental consent form.
e. a medical release form signed by a parent.
f. a small, clear photo.
g. Media release.